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invited to a party---White Cockail attire required -Help!

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invited to a party---White Cockail attire required -Help! Tell me wait to wear male and female THANKS
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Entertainment
Expert:  The Scribbler replied 8 years ago.
This site gives a good description of the formality associated with "White Tie" or "White Cocktail Attire". It's ultra formal, men wear tux, white tie, vest (! didn't think anyone did that any more!), shirt. Women wear long gowns.

http://fashion.about.com/cs/glossary/a/partydefinition.htm

Maybe!

Here is a description of a couple who were invited to a "Cocktail attire" party and it's not that formal, at least for the men!

http://www.gnorb.net/life/20070726/cocktail-attire-or-vote-on-what-my-wife-will-wear/

Here is a party invitation for "Black or White Cocktail attire" - meaning all black, all white, or mixedm black and white for attendees.

http://www.werewolfproductionz.com/nye07/411.html

And here, men wear blazers and women wear summer dress for "All-White Cocktail Attire":

http://www.martinibrew.com/whitetide/faq.htm

These few sites indicate that what the host or hostess means by "White Cocktail Attire" isn't inherently obvious. The best way to see what the host or hostess ACTUALLY MEANT is to ask them!
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
i'm still not clear on this .Do you think my husband needs awhite dinner jacket and do I need a white evening gown??? I hesitate to call hostess .. I'm a little embarassed. I don't want to dress inappropriate for the occassion."an evening of glitz,glamour and gorgeousness"quote unquote. lol Still perplexed.
Expert:  The Scribbler replied 8 years ago.
A way to finesse "calling the hostess" is - if you know of other people who are invited - ask THEM what "White Cocktail Attire" means to them.

It's natural to be hesitant to call the hostess, but despite my pre-retirement business years and various positions I've never been invited to a "White Cocktail Attire" party... just tell her the same, that you've never been invited to that kind of party and that the Internet research you've done isn't definitive. She'll be glad you asked!
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