Q. I'm attending a wedding in October in the Berkshires in Lenox, MA. The wedding is in a historic mansion and is at 1 p.m. The bride is encouraging guests to wear fall colors, and said that her friends are wearing cocktail dresses. Cocktail dresses seems a little dressy to me for an afternoon wedding in artsy Lenox. Any suggestions for this 40 year old?
A. A cocktail dress typically refers to a shorter length dress, which is perfectly appropriate for a 1:00 wedding. And if the bride recommends a cocktail dress in fall colors, then you should do your best to honor her wishes. Here are some great age-appropriate dresses to wear to the wedding that you'll surely wear again: