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What is the difference between a dress and a cocktail dress?

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What is the difference between a dress and a cocktail dress?
The difference between a dress and a cocktail dress is mainly the specificity of the term. A dress is any garment that has a bodice attached to a skirt. The term cocktail dress refers to a dress designed for events in the late afternoon and early evening. Many feature hemlines that fall between the knee and calf. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of cocktail dresses from some of the world's top boutiques.
1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2023
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Richilene Cocktail Dress
By Richilene
Located in New York, NY
Charming cocktail dress by Richilene. Bodice heavily embroidered with black and iridiscent sequins
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1980s American Cocktail Dresses

1980S Black Lace Leather Cocktail Dress
Located in New York, NY
1980S Black Lace Leather Cocktail Dress
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1980s Cocktail Dresses

80s Black Sequin Cocktail Dress
Located in San Francisco, CA
80s Black Sequin Cocktail Dress
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1980s Unknown Cocktail Dresses

80s Black Sequin Cocktail Dress
$315 Sale Price
20% Off
Vintage 1950s Cocktail Dress
Located in London, GB
A head turning cocktail dress from the 1950s. The dress has a deep v neckline and backline. with a
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1950s British Cocktail Dresses

Chic Vintage Cocktail Dress
Located in London, GB
A chic vintage cocktail dress in black and white. The dress has a black body , and black and white
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1960s Unknown Cocktail Dresses

Silver cocktail dress Paco Rabanne
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Silver cocktail dress . Fabric composition: 91% triacetate, 9% polyamide. SIZE M
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1990s French Cocktail Dresses

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