What Is a Cocktail Attire?


Cocktail attire is a type of dress code that calls for the men to wear a jacket and slacks, with or without a tie, and for the women to wear knee-length dresses or a skirt paired with a blouse. Cocktail attire is typically informal, festive and fun.

For men, cocktail attire can have bolder colors and patterns compared to semiformal attire. A cocktail dress for women, meanwhile, usually comes in a variety of colors, styles, embellishments and fabrics. A foolproof cocktail outfit for the ladies is called the Little Black Dress or the LBD. The dress can be enhanced by using fun jewelry pieces.