While an invitation to a big event is undoubtedly exciting, it also comes with the complicated territory of navigating the ever elusive dress code. Putting together the perfect outfit that makes you feel beautiful and that blends seamlessly with the occasion in question doesn’t have to be hard – it’s simply a question of decoding the dress code to set you on the right path. Keep reading to understand the ins and outs of the different dress codes out there, and to pick up some outfit inspiration along the way…
White tie invitations are as formal as they come. This type of event calls for a floor length, formal gown that oozes glamour. Curate a truly striking look with a crystal-strewn gown that skims your figure and falls to a hemline covered in feathers. The textural intrigue of this piece exudes a high-impact beauty that carries all the formality you need to dress the part for your white tie event. Finish the look with sheeny pointed heels studded with gemstone embellishments and pull your hair up to display your decolletage.
A step down from a white tie invitation but still undeniably formal, a black tie event is sure to be a dressed up occasion where an evening gown will be your safest choice. Choose a floor skimming dress with a textured layered bodice that cinches in your waist. A lightly layered, ruched detail across a strapless neckline will create an eye-catching fan effect that will act as the perfect frame for a statement necklace. Finish your black tie ensemble with a matching neutral clutch and wrap up heels.
A cocktail theme is a mid-point between smart casual and all dressed up, meaning this is the perfect opportunity to flaunt an elevated dress with an above-the-knee hemline. For a fun look, choose a swinging halter neck mini dress in a shift cut, covered all over in floating feathers. Alternatively, look to bodycon dresses that sculpt your figure and accentuate your form with carefully placed side cut outs. Finish with evening-ready heels and glittering statement earrings.
A smart casual dress code toes the line between everyday and polished. Bring together off-duty elegance with a dressed up feel by styling slouchy tailoring or two-piece sets with pointed heels and colorful gemstone earrings, or dress down one of your favorite floral mini dresses with subtle neutral accessories and delicate adornments.
A casual dress code is an open invitation to dress as you see fit for the occasion, so your imagination really is the limit here! If it is still a celebratory affair like a birthday picnic, garden party or drinks with friends, stick to a classic style that can be dressed up or down with the quick addition of a few accessories and layers. A simple white mini dress with a strapless neckline and softly draped skirt will act as the perfect canvas for all your styling sensibilities. Pair with platform heels and statement earrings or tone it down with strappy sandals and a sun hat.
From the ultra-formal to relaxed yet refined, there’s a look out there to harmonize with any event on your calendar. Start searching for the perfect ensemble to match up with your special moments this season, and the next.