For as long as there have been cocktails, there has been someone eager and thirsty to drink them. Whether you drink in celebration or commiseration, the cocktail is a loyal friend. The history of the mixed drink goes back to at least the mid-1800s when NYC Bartender Jerry Thomas published a first-of-its-kind guide called How To Mix Drinks or The Bon Vivants Guide. And while you don’t have to identify as a bon vivant to enjoy a craft cocktail, there’s something about a well-stirred drink that feels luxurious.
Cocktails become so popular over time that there’s a whole genre of party and dress named after them. The cocktail party serves as an event for mingling and socializing whilst sipping on mixed drinks. The cocktail dress became most popular after World War II when working women became more visible in the social scene. Christian Dior became a prominent designer in this area, labeling this new style of dress as a cocktail dress in department stores across the US. This move helped popularize the diverse genre of cocktail dress we know and love today.
In the food-obsessed, craft-cocktail, IPA-loving world we’re in now, there’s nothing better than a well-done pairing. So we took the trouble to pair together some of the most classic cocktails with complementary looks that are positively delicious.
International man of mystery and secret agent James Bond famously likes his Martini’s shaken but not stirred. The Martini is one of the most famous cocktails in existence and it’s comprised of two spirits: gin and dry vermouth. There are as many ways to drink a martini as there are Bond movies. A dry martini is made with little to no vermouth, a dirty martini is made with a splash of olive brine and garnished with olives, a perfect martini features equal parts sweet and dry vermouth, and the list goes on. This Alexander McQueen Resort 2021 suit gives Bond girl a whole new meaning, with a sleek take on a classic tuxedo. With feminine lines and stark white lapels, the suit is charmingly assertive. The British label pairs well with the English origins of famous martini drinker, Mr. 007 himself.
The Bloody Mary is a hotly debated cocktail. Those bold enough to drink it don’t care. Usually enjoyed over brunch and long hailed as a hangover cure, the bloody mary is a daring blend of savory and sweet. Tomato juice makes up the drink base along with vodka, Worcestershire, spices, and hot sauce. Some are served with a garnish of shrimp or bacon. Gucci’s 2021 Resort collection is an homage to layers and layers of bright and busy fabrics. There’s a carefree element to the collection that matches this brunch cocktail. More is more. If you think the outfit is complete, creative director Alessandro Michele might add on an extra gaudy pair of glasses. We love Look 43 in particular because she looks ready to spill about her obviously raucous weekend, and of course, she’ll have a Bloody Mary in hand when she does.
Gin And Tonic
Did you know that Gin and Tonics were introduced to the British East India Company for its medicinal properties? The tale goes that in the 1700s, a Scottish doctor discovered that quinine was a natural cure for malaria, an illness pervasive in India and tropical regions. The quinine was added to tonic water but was too bitter, and by the 19th century, British soldiers started adding lime, gin, and sugar to round out the flavors. Thus the G&T was born. Burberry is a perfect brand for this refreshing highball cocktail with its strong British roots and commitment to outdoor exploration. This look, in particular, feels chicly utilitarian with militaristic details to match the origins of the G&T.
Margaritas inspire movement. The Mexican cocktail is zippy, refreshing, and wholly unpretentious. A handful of simple ingredients: tequila, triple sec, lime, and sugar, combine to make something truly magical. Please don’t forget the salt rim. The cocktail is one that perfectly accompanies a night of dancing, gabbing with friends, and good music. Just like the cocktail hits all the right notes of sweet, sour, and tart, so too does this Kris Goyri Resort 2020 ensemble. The up-and-coming Mexican designer’s easy cropped white tank top and printed-sarong style skirt are sexy without sacrificing ease. The skirt’s silk fabric and asymmetrical hemline are perfect for emphasizing all the hip-swaying dance moves you’ll be making once you finish your drink.
The humble vodka soda is comprised of two ingredients: vodka, and soda water. A garnish of lime or cucumber is customary. Vodka soda girl doesn’t waste time. The minimalistic drink is for those who appreciate the taste of a spirit without all the extra business going on. But don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the drink; with no sweeteners or other additions, there’s a slight edge to the vodka-driven cocktail they enjoy. Givenchy is perfectly edgy while keeping in mind simplicity. Here we see a model strut purposefully down the runway in combat boots and an all-black ensemble, with stud detailing to match. Hopefully, there was a refreshing Vodka Soda waiting for her on the other side.
Everyone loves a Mojito. It’s a deliciously addictive rum-based drink, chocked full of mint, lime, and topped off with refreshing soda water. You can’t go wrong. Originally a traditional Cuban highball, the cocktail is plastered on drink menus everywhere for its delicious taste that appeals to anyone looking for a refreshing drink. Right now, Jacquesmus is quenching our thirst. The young French fashion label is taking over social media. With the hottest stars and celebrities wearing the house’s designs, Simon Porte Jacquemus has proved that he can do no wrong when he’s in his element. With simple and figure-hugging silhouettes and a vivid color story, Jacquemus has found his voice. The latest collection, “La Montagne,” is based on ski trips, but we like this look with our Mojito because it reminds us of easy, breezy vacations.
As its name suggests, the old-fashioned is indeed very old. It is perhaps one of the earliest versions of the cocktail and consisted of sugar muddled with bitters and water, whiskey, and an orange garnish. Not much has changed about the cocktail today, although it has a reputation for being preferred among cigar-smoking men. The choice cocktail of character Don Draper from Mad Men was an Old Fashioned. With this fashion pairing from Fendi FW21, we’re seeing a traditionally masculine button-down reimagined as an oversized shirtdress with mismatching lapels. The slouchiness feels cheeky, like it’s not taking itself too seriously. This is a refreshingly updated pairing to a traditional cocktail like the Old Fashioned.
Affectionately known as the Cosmo, this classic cocktail is made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and a squeeze of lime. Not only is the result a gorgeous pink hue, but it also makes for a delicious drink. Many associate the Cosmo with Sex and The City, and we can’t lie; the cocktail inspires images of gossiping with your closest confidants. Usually dismissed as a girly drink, the Cosmo deserves its fair share of the limelight. We paired this Cosmo with a lovely look from Miu Miu, a traditionally feminine label. The bubble-style tube top is a striking contrast to the sexy ankle-length leather skirt and red stilettos. The choice of silhouette and fabric show off all the ways femininity is sexy, strong, and cool. Plus, Carrie Bradshaw would definitely wear that scarf.
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