Ben's work throws amazing parties, which is cool, but a little stressful!! A few days ago, he brought home a beautiful invitation for the Annual Holiday Soiree for later this month, and it says the attire is cocktail chic.
I can imagine what other people will wear, but I'm having a hard time picturing what I can wear to this! It's tough since most dresses that would fit that category are short, sleeveless, and bare. I have a black, short-sleeved dress, but I can't decide if it is exactly right for the occasion (I got it in the summer). I googled "cocktail chic attire" and this is one thing that came up (under a wedding site):
Cocktail Attire: Dress as you would for a fancy cocktail party or a fancy dinner out on the town. This attire is similar to that indicated above for Evening Weddings, but with an emphasis on sophistication. Women should strive for elegance and chic, rather than sweet or pretty dresses. Men should dress to be their most dashing (although tuxedos are not appropriate).
and under Evening Weddings, it says - Dress as you would for a nice dinner out. Men should wear suits, women should choose dresses, skirts or elegant suits. Select darker, more sophisticated colors and fabrics than you would choose for a morning or afternoon wedding. Jewelry can be more elaborate, and women would probably choose to carry a small evening bag rather than a purse.
So as you're out shopping in these next few weeks, let me know if you see any dresses that might fit this description! Do any of you have a favorite store (physical location or online) that you are able to find dresses that aren't totally bare but suitable for things like this? This is all very out of my element...