I have to attend an engagement party tonight for one of my closest friends. Her aunt and uncle are hosting the event and have listed the dress code as "cocktail casual." This is one I must say I've never heard before, and I'm now in a bit of a quandry. I'd like to nail the details for a variety of reasons (personal vanity, appreciation for my friend and her fabulous fiance, fitting in with this fairly upscale crowd etc). My initial thoughts would be to do a slight variation on the outfit I wore to the more casual wedding, i.e. my black and white polka dot dress and double-strand of white pearls. Instead of the silver sandals and dark red bag I wore then, I was thinking of brighter red, slightly more casual sandals and a metallic bag (what do you think, a clutch or my new pewter bag)?

If you guys think I'm off the mark with my thinking here, please set me straight!

And am I the only one who has never heard of this dress code before?