Although they may seem intimidating, a jumpsuit—like this modern, minimalist Stella McCartney option—is a modern alternative to the cocktail dress.

If you're thinking of trying the look:
–Go for wide-leg pants in a fabric that drapes nicely. Anything too tight can weave dangerously into Sandy's funhouse getup from Grease territory.

–Unless you're really bold, avoid a busy, all-over print.

–Treat the jumpsuit like an outfit, not a one-stop-shop: consider adding a belt or a blazer and fabulous pair of heels.