A wedding cocktail dress is essentially a nice balance between the most formal (tuxes and ballgowns) and the most casual (khakis/jeans for men and sundresses for women).
A classic cocktail dress is a staple of any woman’s wardrobe and seems to become even more perfect once wedding season rolls around.
A cocktail dress code is most applicable if you’re attending a semi-formal wedding. Cocktail attire isn’t overtly formal and can, therefore, still be a little fun but is clearly a step above smart casual. Traditionally, cocktail attire for women was restricted to dresses that were knee-length. However, nowadays any length shorter than an evening dress may be considered cocktail dress appropriate. If the wedding you’re attending is in the afternoon, you can be a little freer with the colors and patterns of your shirt, tie and, pocket square. However, if the wedding is an evening cocktail event, the rule about dark colors and muted tones definitely applies.
Cocktail Attire for Men: Afternoon suits, typically with ties. Acceptable colors are grays, neutrals, and black for dress shoes. For men wondering what to wear to an event requiring cocktail attire: you’re generally required to wear a suit, preferably a dark one in navy or charcoal, accompanied by a white or muted color shirt. And of course, don’t forget a tie or perhaps even a pocket square.