What to Wear Over a Cocktail Dress

Actress Rashida Jones covers her cocktail dress with a tuxedo jacket at The Art of Elysium

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You favorite cocktail dress looks fierce with a pair of killer heels at a formal summer gathering. But what to do in the colder months when you're invited to a big bash and don't want to wear anything but your cocktail dress? Accessorize your look with a coverup and you'll be the epitome of style, without sacrificing your warmth and comfort.

Trench Coat

Get from the limo to the party without freezing your buns off by accessorizing with a cute trench coat. A trench is a chic and classy addition to any fashionista's wardrobe. The belted waist helps highlight your killer curves, and the lapels show a peek of your cocktail dress to keep people guessing. Choose a black trench for uber-sleekness, and go with a hem that is longer than your dress. Check your coat at the door, or keep it with you in case you get chilly at the party.

Tuxedo Jacket

Pair a superfeminine cocktail dress with a more masculine tuxedo jacket. If you're a fan of frills, bows and lace, a tuxedo jacket provides you with warmth and style without going over the top. Mixing uber-girly with plain and masculine helps balance your look without making you look frumpy. Choose a fitted tuxedo jacket in black that will work as a coverup for all kinds of outfits, not just your cocktail dress.


If you're planning on wearing your cocktail dress for a less formal occasion, dress it down by adding a plain cardigan. Choose one in a simple color, such as black or gray, and layer it over your favorite dress for a trip to the movies or a casual brunch with girlfriends. Don't limit your cocktail dress to fancy occasions -- stretch your wardrobe budget by doubling up on the same dress for day and night by switching up or removing your cardigan.

Furry Stole

Glamorize your look with a funky faux fur stole. Not only will you show off your nature-loving side by faking it, you'll ooze class Hollywood-style. Pick a black one for a super formal occasion, or mix it up with a metallic gauze stole. Keep it on all night with your cocktail dress for the ultimate in warmth, style and glamour. Pop that baby off if your night takes you dancing, then wrap yourself back up in luxury for the cold trip home.

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