The BellaNaija  Cocktails & Conversations is returning for its second edition with an even grander and more exciting lineup at the Africa Soft Power Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. Slated for Friday, the 26th of May, 2023, this event will bring together key stakeholders, influencers, and industry leaders from Africa’s media, fashion, and lifestyle sectors for an unforgettable evening of stylish cocktails and profound conversations. 

Invite in hand, scouring your mind and the internet for ideas on what to wear. It’s a no-brainer that dressing impeccably for a cocktail event sets you apart from the crowd and leaves a lasting impression. To help you navigate the realm of cocktail attire and exude confidence, we’ve curated a style guide exclusively for you.

Cheers to a night of refined style and memorable moments!

The Midi Dress

A knee-length cocktail dress is a safe and sophisticated choice, hitting just above or below the knee. It offers a perfect balance between formal and flirty. It also works perfectly for all body types.

Power Suit

If cocktail dresses don’t align with your style or you want to explore an alternative approach to formal attire, a blazer and pants combination offers a fantastic option. Not only do suits exude chicness and sophistication, but they also provide a comfort factor.


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Timeless LBD

The little black dress is a tried-and-true classic that never goes out of style. Opt for a tailored sheath or a fit-and-flare silhouette, ensuring it complements your aesthetic.


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The Jumpsuit

For a modern and fashion-forward appearance, consider donning a jumpsuit. Jumpsuits typically provide full coverage, making them suitable for various cocktail events. The great thing about jumpsuits is that they offer style and comfort.


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Play with Necklines & Details

Whether it is a one-shoulder, off-shoulder, strapless, statement sleeves or pleats, with or without asymmetry, the goal for you here is a touch of drama and elegance that draws the onlooker in. It’s best to opt for one or two of the approaches above so you don’t go overboard.


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Colour Coordinate your Outfit 

Why settle for one colour when you can have more? Putting together an ensemble in different colours is usually a good—and eye-catching—move. The maximalist would agree with this. 


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Accessorize with Grace

Elevate your outfit with statement earrings, a chic clutch, or an eye-catching bracelet. Let your accessories complement the dress without overpowering it.


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Stay connected and experience the event virtually by following @bellanaijaonline and using the hashtag #BNatASP2023.