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Old 07-30-2020, 09:30 AM
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I know this is probably something I should know, but I’ve attended very very few weddings And I am fashion challenged. I have to go to my husband’s cousin’s wedding. The invite says cocktail attire. I want to wear a dress. Does cocktail attire really mean any knee length dress? Or should it be a certain fabric or look?

Also, our kids are coming. They are 12 and 13 year old boys. Can they wear dress pants and ties or do they need to wear suit jackets too?

I’m so stressed over what to wear and how mich it will all cost.

Thanks for any advice and wisdom you can offer this homely, plain Jane poster!


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Old 07-30-2020, 12:42 PM
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I think of coctail attire as a dress that does not go below the knee. Or dressy pants with a nice top.
For the kids I would say Khaki pants with a button down shirt or a nice polo
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Old 07-30-2020, 12:55 PM
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For the boys - dress slacks, dress shoes, button-down shirt, and a tie.
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Old 07-30-2020, 01:52 PM
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I found this

https://www.theknot.com/content/cocktail-wedding-attire
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Old 07-30-2020, 04:16 PM
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A knee length fancyish dress. Something with a bit of lace or embellishment. Even a simple,,basic sheath with a statement necklace works.

Your boys would be fine in anything but denim pants, shirt and tie.

I think brides are starting to use the term “cocktail attire” because people are showing up dressed in everyday clothes or like they’re going to the beach.


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Old 07-30-2020, 04:53 PM
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I always knew "cocktail attire" to commonly mean the same as "after 5 attire", which is short-length for a dress. (Formal or evening attire is usually knee-length.)

I googled the term cocktail attire to get photo examples:
https://www.thetrendspotter.net/cock...ire-for-women/
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Old 07-30-2020, 06:00 PM
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A nice dressy dress, about knee length, sounds right. It doesn't have to be too dressy, but should be a bit nicer than business casual.
For your boys, slacks and a nice button down, with or without ties. They can wear suit jackets, but it isn't necessary.
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