• is it an evening party....say, after 5? i think it would be appropriate.....if it's a simple long dress~ i have several that i wear instead of a shorter length~
  • Straight from Wiki: A cocktail dress or cocktail gown is a woman's dress worn at cocktail parties, and semi-formal but not black tie 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. At semi-formal occasions, less elaborate, shorter-length cocktail dresses may be worn, when gentlemen are in dark suits. Prior to the mid 20th century this type of dress was known as 'late afternoon'. When gentlemen are in business suits, ladies also wear dress suits or "good" afternoon skirt and dresses. At black tie occasions, a longer, full-skirted cocktail dress may be worn, although in the late 1960s and early 1970s short cocktail dresses were acceptable black tie attire. By the 1980s a dress was considered to be cocktail less by where the hem fell, but more by the level of sumptuousness the garment attained. In the mid-20th century, some couturiers began describing full-skirted cocktail gowns as "dancing costumes". These are suitable for formal dances but not for balls, or other white tie affairs, where ball gowns are worn ~~~~~~~~ Bottom line - you can wear whatever you like - there are no iron rules. If in doubt, contact whoever is hosting the party and inquire about the dress code.

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