We all know this moment - you've received your invite to a soiree, wedding, or work event in your mailbox or inbox. You excitedly open your invitation and scan the details of the party and your eyes suddenly halt - Cocktail attire? Dressy casual? You want to dress to impress, but these dress code terms are puzzling! Instead of fretting and avoiding making eye contact with your closet, decode the dress code with our handy guide! Whether your wedding invitation says semi-formal or your office suggests business formal, we've simplified the most common dress codes so you'll always know what to wear. If your soiree is fast-approaching and you're in a sartorial pinch, don't forget to stop by today's Style Steals and take 50% off over 200 dresses! Hurry - it ends tonight at 11:59 PM PT!
Business Formal: The key to business formal is tailoring. Whether it's a structured dress, pantsuit, or separates, it's important to keep your look clean and business-appropriate. Dresses or skirts can be paired with tights or a blazer, and finish off your outfit with a clutch and necklace.
Casual: Some may argue that when it comes to a casual dress code, anything goes, but even when the event dress code calls for casual, we still like to keep our ensembles polished by mixing casual and tailored pieces. Pair pants with a blouse and stay cozy in booties and a coat!
Cocktail attire: Cocktail attire is one of our favorites when it comes to dress codes! To dress appropriately, choose a dress that is party-ready. You can wear something with a little sparkle, or dress up a little black dress with a statement necklace or daring earrings. Don't forget pumps and a clutch!
Dressy Casual: Dressy casual is simple - it's a dressed up version of your casual attire! Trade your everyday flowy top or dress for a more structured blouse. We love playing with fun pieces with pops of color, like a mint skirt. To complete your look for the dressy casual dress code, keep it polished with accessories like a watch or pendant necklace.
Semi-Formal: a semi-formal outfit should be classy, but not overdone. Try a cocktail dress or little black dress paired with heels and a touch of sparkling jewelry for a look that's appropriate for an upscale event. A good rule of thumb is the later the event, the dressier you should be!
With holiday parties just around the corner, being able to decode any dress code is essential. We know that whether your event is filled with glitz and glam, or you need to impress at the next corporate event, your outfit will be stunning!