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"Dressing is a way of life."
-Yves Saint Laurent
As a continuation of the blog post, "The Party is Here", I've been searching the internet for articles of various dress codes that seem to be popping up on party invitations. I decided to gather up all the information from these articles and put together a "cheat sheet" to help you discern what is what when it comes to dressing for a party.
- A business suit or business dress. A dress with a jacket.
-Women should wear a combination of a skirt or dress slacks, blouse, sweater, twinset, jacket (optional) and hosiery(optional) with closed toe shoes.
-If it's a work function, see business casual and leave the jeans, shorts and flip-flops at home. If it's a party with friends, you can go with jeans and flip flops.
-A seasonal look that's a little more than casual. Try a sundress in a bright color with heels/wedges or dressy sandals or a jumpsuit/romper.
-See "Dressy Casual" above. Cynthis Nellis at About Style defines "Smart Casual" as, “dressed-up versions of casual looks.” A knee-length skirt is acceptable as well. Again, avoid shorts, worn and holy jeans, t-shirts, and flip flops for this casual dress code.
Cocktail (aka semiformal)
-A "Little Black Dress" (LBD) and statement jewelry always works for this dress code . Women can wear knee-length skirts or dress pants with a nice sweater or blouse, or go for the classic “little black cocktail dress.” or short dresses that are party-ready.
Garden Attire or Beach Formal
-A maxi dress with flat sandals (no flip-flops) is the perfect option for this up and coming dress code
-If the event is in a barn or on a farm, you really can wear cowboy boots with a dress. Checks are really popular this season, so a cute checked dress would be fun!
- A long gown and heels. If you don't want to invest in a long gown, you can get a way with a very dressy cocktail dress.
Black Tie Optional (aka formal)
-A long or short dress with bold jewelry work well.
-This is the most formal dress code of all and usually pertains to balls and state dinners. So when you're invited to dinner with the President, wear a floor-length evening gown with long gloves.
Creative Black Tie
- You can wear a Formal evening gown, dressy cocktail dress, your dressiest black dress with fun statement jewelry.
- Short cocktail dress in black or color. A long dressy skirt and top or other dressy separates.
So get to that party in style!!!