There have been many questions from everyone about what to wear and Chris and I have been defaulting to "dress for a cocktail party" and "something that makes you want to dance and feel great".
But since we've been throwing the word "cocktail party" around so much, i started to wonder- what exactly is a cocktail dress?
So I did some research.
The simplest definition came from 'fashion.about.com':
Cocktail Attire means short, elegant dresses for her and dark suits for him.
Wikipedia gets a little more specific about hemlines:
A cocktail dress or cocktail gown is a woman's dress worn at cocktail parties, and semi-formal occasions.
The length of cocktail dresses varies depending on fashion and local custom. The length ranges from just above the knee to touching the ankle. When it is about 5 cm (2 inches) above the ankle it is called tea length and when it is almost touching the ankle it is called ballerina length, although ballerina length dresses usually fall into the evening gown category.
And there is a fun 'history of cocktail dresses' slideshow on the new york magazine website here:
The History of the Cocktail Dress
If you're stuck here is some inspiration:
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little black numbers from jcrew.com
bold colors from net-a-porter.com
some crazy 1960's dresses: