Just in time for the holidays you might be receiving invitations to different events, and with that comes different dress codes. It can be rather tricky to figure out what each dress code requires, which is why we put together this guide to help you figure out what to wear to which event:
This type of dress code is especially common during the holidays. For this dress code, you may wear similar attire as in "cocktail" (see below) but you have the opportunity to make it more fun, more festive. For example, wear a sequinned dress or a red skirt.
To a black tie event you can wear anything from a long dress, to a formal cocktail dress or dressy suit separates. If you're unsure what to wear, try and think what the host will be wearing. For example, if it's a work event, a formal cocktail dress will do the trick, and if it's a high-end wedding then a long gown is better.
Remember this: there's no way to go wrong with a long gown when wearing a black tie event. So if you're unsure what to wear and what the host will be wearing, choose a long gown.
PS: if your invitation says Creative Black Tie, it simply means you can have some more fun with the choice of gown - perhaps it's a theme to follow or it means you can choose a more trendy option rather than the tradition gown. Creative Black Tie can also be read as Trendy Black Tie.
This pretty much means dresses that are "party ready". For a safe option, wear a LBD (little black dress).
This dress code is particularly common for day time, semi-formal, events such as work lunches. Wear a tailored suit (either pants or skirt suit - both works!). Your outfit must be business appropriate, thought preferably a bit more dressy than the everyday office wear.
You want to keep the business-feel to your outfit, but less corporate and formal, and more casual (duh). Either wear blazer and pants (separate pieces not as a full suit), or a skirt paired with a blouse. One way of deciding when to wear which of the two options is to look at the seasons; wear the skirt and blouse in warmer temperatures, and the blazer and pants in colder temperatures. Easy!
Fall/Winter Style tip: it's high time to wear fashionable, yet business appropriate, fabrics like tweed when it's colder outside. Pair your tweed blazer with black or dark grey pants for a business casual look.
Remember, even though the look calls for casual it calls for business casual - don't forget that and have the outfits missed up with simply "casual" dress code. This mix-up could lead to big dress-code-errors...
This simply means to wear something dressier than what you would wear to a casual event; easy put - think of your daily casual outfit, and make it a bit more dressy and you're good to go. It's simple, really. Add heels and jewelry to take your casual look and transform it into a dressier option. If you want to be safe you're casual dressy ready, put on black pants, a blouse and a pair of heels. That's it!
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