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Your Guide to Nailing Cocktail Attire in 18 Steps Deciphering the party season's most ambiguous dress code. Deciphering the party season's most ambiguous dress code. While it may seem like 'cocktail attire' is an empty phrase stamped on every invitation—one that serves no purpose but to make you agonize over the uncertainty of its sartorial meaning—consider it in the context of the event details and it may start to make a bit more sense. Take into account the event purpose, in addition to the time and place. Your best friend's wedding will require very different attire than a corporate event or fashion party. Furthermore, an event taking place at a swanky hotel will call for a dressier outfit than something held at a restaurant around other non-guests/patrons, and definitely more so than a party held at someone's home. Check out the hours, too—evening start times typically suggest a more formal fête than those scheduled earlier in the afternoon or day.