Shortened female dress for special occasion without a collar or sleeves . Originally appeared in the US at the height of the dry law. Made for a very young person , it hardly closed knees , followed the latest fashion and sewed from expensive but not luxurious fabrics. So it was possible to dance the Charleston in such a dress . For cocktail dresses there were special accessories : tiny handbags embroidered with beads, where were placed only money , powder box and a cigarette case. Currently cocktail dress is an attribute of a forma dress code for corporate event , or on a date in a café or restaurant . As a rule , it is put on the official celebration that begin before seven o’’clock in the evening . Summer cocktail dresses are more open . It is full of colors and made of light silk or maybe chiffon. The traditional colors for winter are red , brown and black , but also you may use blue or purple .