Cocktail attire is an outfit that is appropriate for a cocktail party or event. It’s the kind of clothing you’d wear if you were going to a fancy soiree, and it usually consists of a dress or skirt paired with heels and a top.
Cocktail dresses can be long or short, but they’re often sleeveless and clingy with a high neckline. They’re meant to be flattering and elegant, which means they should be made of textured fabrics like silk or velvet. The shoes you choose should be high-heeled pumps in black, red, or nude colors.
You can also wear cocktail attire for other occasions besides formal soirees—you might wear it when going out with friends on the town or even just at work if your office has a more informal dress code than usual (maybe everyone’s wearing jeans!).