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It may only be the beginning of the “season” here in Miami, but we’re already thinking about the shows, galas, banquets, benefits, and parties to come, and more importantly, what we’ll be wearing to these swank events. Whether it’s for a museum fundraiser, downtown fashion show, or warehouse art show, a chic cocktail ensemble is one that is as special as it is versatile. These affairs offer an excuse to dress up beyond Miami’s typically casual dress code – think outside the little black dress.

A beautiful, fabulous cocktail dresses should be a staple of any social girls’ wardrobe - you’ve probably already got an LBD in rotation, so this week we bring you six fabulous options that are ready for party season and beyond.

Sass & Bide, Dsquared2, Burberry London, Narcisco Rodriguez, L'Wren Scott, Halston Heritage© Sass & Bide, Dsquared2, Burberry London, Narcisco Rodriguez, L'Wren Scott, Halston HeritageA minimalist shift gets a special upgrade with the addition of intensely embellished sleeves – The Special Issue Silk-Crepe Dress by Sass & Bide really pays attention to detail. Ultra-short in length, this frock balances it out with long sleeves and a modest neckline that’s just wide enough to show off a sexy slice of collarbone. Wear this one with chunky metallic wedges or platform shoes, like gilded lace-up booties. Add an oversized envelope clutch and a piece of sleek, minimal jewelry; let the intricate sleeve detail be your main accessory.

The fit-and-flare shape is one always love, but its especially suited for cocktail hour. DSquared2’s Salmon Silk A Line Dress is cute and simple, with a slim patent leather belt and origami-fold to cinch the waist. Pair it with platform mary-jane pumps and a structured mini-handbag for a perennially -stylish look. Narcisco Rodriguez also makes an adorable vintage-style cocktail dress, the Linen and Silk Dress in a gorgeous, lightweight emerald sheen. A sweet halter style gets an edgy update with side cut-outs and slit pockets – this dress was made for Miami, and especially an outdoor event. Add glamorous, strappy shoes and multi-tonal bangles and you’ve got a cool combination of contemporary and classic.

L’Wren Scott’s violet Drapey Dress is a provocative knockout, without showing too much skin. In a sleek, body-conscious shape, this pencil dress leaves little wiggle room. The mock-turtleneck is a unique detail on a cocktail dress, and it gets even cooler when you see the long neck-tie trailing down the open back. This dress is screaming for a curvaceous bod, emphasized by curvy pumps, and even textured or patterned tights if you’re feeling bold. At the very least, accessorize with an enormous be-jeweled cocktail ring to complement the rich fuchsia of the dress.

Long lengths and accordion-pleats are big this fall, and this ethereal dove-gray Halston Heritage Pleated Long Dress has got the best of both worlds. The super light fabric keeps the dress fluid and delightful, especially when you cinch it in at the waist. Keep the self-tie bow, or experiment with your favorite belts – slim and bright, earthy and braided, or a double-wrap around metallic one could all be awesome. Stunning with super-high stilettos, this dress takes on a chic understated tone if you wear it with it little ballet flats.

Our last option is not a dress at all – for the confident and daring chick (we know you’re out there) why not swap a fancy frock for an impossibly sleek tuxedo? Borrow from the boys in spirit only – the Burberry London Silk-Crepe Tuxedo Jacket and Pants was 100% made for the ladies. With a delicate silk camisole or filmy chiffon blouse underneath, this menswear style takes on a whole new degree of femininity– there’s something so sexy and a little taboo about a woman in a tux. Keep it simply elegant with your favorite black pumps and diamonds, or style it up with bright patent pumps in red or plum, and choose an outrageously patterned or embellished clutch to make this look your own.

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