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How to Choose the Right Jewellery for Your next Cocktail Party?

Invite in hand, you’re racking your brain for ideas on what jewellery to wear to a cocktail party. One of the most sociable and elegant parties you will ever attend, Cocktail parties or ‘mixers’ are for guests to unwind with cocktail beverages while mingling with each other.

Dressing up for a cocktail party could be tricky to navigate since they usually don’t have any specific theme, except arriving in your elegant best. These soiree’s however, encourage simple, sleek silhouettes and emphasise the importance of accessorising well. You can pick from sober to classic, sophisticated to sexy, anything works best in your favour when you carry it with confidence and grace.

Let this list be your guide on the best cocktail jewellery to elevate any outfit this party season, that will have you RSVP ready.

Jewellery Pieces You Can Style for Your Next Cocktail Soiree

Cocktail Rings

Go big or go home with this season's ultimate party piece - the statement cocktail ring is an elegant piece of jewellery ushering us into the era of striking statement jewellery. If you want to steer clear of jewels that will overshadow your outfit then a cocktail ring is the one for you. This Faena Mini Cocktail Ring adds just the right amount of bling to catch eyes but not pull attention away from your look. Pair it with a unique signature contrasting clutch for an added effect.

Drop Earrings

One of the best accessories for any cocktail attire, be it a sleek suit or a gorgeous gown, drop style earrings add just the right amount of high-fashioned effortless glamour to any look. These particular OH Celeste Nova earrings are the perfect example of edgy elegance that will spice up your cocktail look. Its geometric shape embellished in crystals and pearls with a 22 Carat Silver plating finish will pair really well with cool toned ensembles.


Bracelets are often undervalued as a unique accessory. The options to experiment are endless since you can stack them up or sport a singular chunky statement piece like this Drip OH palescent handcuff, which serves as the perfect arm candy to accessorise your cocktail attire. There’s a common misconception that bracelets should be avoided when you have a stylised longer sleeve. However, sporting bracelets on top of longer sleeves makes for a striking, eye-catching contrast and is a vintage trend that has garnered favourable attention and popularity as of late.

Drop Necklaces

It is important to consider the neckline of your dress when choosing a necklace as an accessory. If your cocktail midi dress has a neckline that you want to accentuate, then a drop necklace is a beautiful option to do so. The Drip OH River Rose Drop is the epitome of elegance, elongating and enhancing versatile necklines. It adds just the right amount of bling, and will have heads turning at any party.


Accentuate the beauty of an off shoulder gown with a statement piece, like the Myriad choker necklace that will not just complete the look, but will earn you countless compliments too. This stackable wonder is a vision in gold that sits gracefully around the neck, highlighting your décolletage and shoulders too.

Pendant Necklace

If Minimalistic and sophisticated is how you’d describe your style statement, then donning a sleek gown with dainty pendant necklace is the right accessory for you. While such a piece will caress your gentle neckline, it will also draw the eyes down, elongating your torso and emphasising the illusion of a sleek streamlined look. A pendant like the Orion Silver Crescent is quite versatile since it pairs well with modest and high necklines too.

Choosing the Right Cocktail Jewellery

Jewellery is a big part of cocktail wear since a lot of emphasis goes on accessorising your outfit. Since accessories can make or break your look, it’s best to opt for a statement jewellery piece like a ring, necklace, or a bracelet, as it can add the finishing touch that completes and complements your party dress. A singular focal piece paired with a few other smaller adornments will make for a stylish and classy look.

Another rule of thumb would be to wear pieces that complement the colours in your outfit. This makes for a seamless cohesive look that is pleasing to the eyes.

Keep it simple when accessorising your cocktail wear. A good tip to keep in mind is avoid mixing metals. If you’re opting for an ensemble in a neutral tone, you can play around with colourful accessories. Similarly, if you are sporting a bold vibrant outfit then the styling could take a more subdued approach with delicate dainty jewellery in neutral tones to beautifully balance and complement the look.

Final Thought

Cocktail wear can be intimidating since the focus is on looking sleek and sophisticated. However these tips and tricks can serve as a foolproof guide to nailing the perfect look for your cocktail soiree. Accessorising is your chance to express yourself, so feel free to get creative and experiment with different styles and designs that Outhouse has to offer for your next cocktail affair to look and feel your best.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of jewellery do you wear to a cocktail party?

Accessorising for the cocktail hour can depend largely on the style colour and neckline of your outfit. Since cocktail attire is elegant, sophisticated with modest necklines, Drop earrings and Choker necklaces are an excellent option. Apart from the classic cocktail ring, even bracelets are popular picks for a soiree. Apart from these, your personal style and taste preferences also play a key role in deciding what kind of jewellery suits best for your cocktail attire.

How can I choose jewellery that compliments my outfit?

Opt for jewellery that matches the colours and tones of your outfit. If you’re opting for an ensemble in a neutral tone, you can play around with colourful accessories. Similarly, if you are sporting a bold vibrant outfit then the styling could take a more subdued approach with delicate dainty jewellery in neutral tones to beautifully balance and complement the look. Avoid mixing metals and overdoing it. The trick is to stick with fewer but statement pieces that are sure to turn heads around.