Don't think it's just the bride who has a big dress decision to worry over — guests do too! With invites and attire specifications that sometimes require hunkering down and figuring it out, it feels like missteps are just waiting to happen. With "casual" events a cinch to understand and "black-tie" typically pointing to a floor-sweeper, it's the gray area known as "cocktail attire" that can seem puzzling.
Our best advice? Avoid hemlines that go all the way to the ground, and pick luxe fabrics like satin, leather, and lace over something casual like cotton. If you'd imagine your frock working with casual flat sandals, then it might not be the best option. Oh — and avoid white.