Cocktail Hour – A seasonal Party Survival Guide

Photography by Tina Sargeant + Styling by Daniel Barceló + Models by Jess Anderson Talent and Model Agency

While the rest of the country is already sipping pumpkin spice lattes and donning scarves, we remain quite acquainted with humidity well over 50 percent on a weekly basis. Nevertheless, as fall events and occasions begin to fill our calendars, we need to look our best, even in a climate more welcoming to hurricanes than cocktail parties.

The looks featured here are a strategic blend of light yet elegant fabrics that work well in a variety of silhouettes. For both men and women, the name of the game is practicality. This means finding pieces that have some flexibility within your wardrobe and which can still be worn into later months.

So don’t be caught off guard by Florida’s late wedding season or the next semiformal corporate function. With this combination of staples and statement pieces, you will look refined while remaining comfortable.

We also hope to inspire some clarity about what can often be the most ambiguous dress code — cocktail attire. For some of us, this designation discreetly tucked into the corner of an invitation means a confusing journey into the depths of our closets instead of a fun opportunity to dress up. Let the ideas found here be your guide for that special evening you’ve put off preparing for long enough.