Casual, cocktail or black tie? You have to clarify the dress code to your guests to avoid the overdressed and underdressed situations, especially if you are hosting a costumed themed event.
The following quick guide should help you decode the most common dress codes for your guests. Because picking out an outfit should be fun, not stressful.
The foolproof outfits guests should wear to a black-tie event are black tuxedos for men and long gowns for women for a high-end event or wedding, although formal cocktail dresses can work too. If in doubt, the little black dress with statement jewelry is perfect for a black-tie corporate function.
Black Tie Optional
The word ‘optional’ in a black tie dress code gives men the freedom to choose between tuxedo or a dark suit and bow tie. Similarly, women can wear anything from a long formal gown to a cocktail dress with statement jewelry.
Creative Black Tie
While keeping it formal and classy, the creative black tie dress code allows guests to have a little bit of fun. Perfect for classy themed parties, it’s about taking a more modern and trendy approach to the classic black tie. Men can indulge in colourful bow ties and black shirts, while women can experiment with edgier gown cuts and colours.
The popular cocktail dress code means green light for party dresses, bright and feminine outfits, or the foolproof LBD paired with beautiful jewelry. Men should go for a dark suit and tie combo.
Events around holidays call for a more festive attire. Similar to the cocktail dress code, this approach is much more fun and sparkly. A sequin party dress is a good choice for ladies, while men can still don a suit with a funky, colourful shirt or tie.
Popular at daytime work functions, corporate events, and conferences, the business formal dress code means appropriate business attire: a suit and tie for men and a pantsuit or business dress for women.
The staple of most corporate offices, business casual means a less formal approach to dressing. Women can opt for a pencil skirt and blouse, or the pants and tweed blazer combo. Men can finally lose the suit and go for light chinos and a collared shirt, but no jeans or sneakers.
A dressier version of the casual dress code calls for men’s jeans and blazer, while ladies can dress up black pants and blouse with a fun pair of heels or ankle boots.
The casual dress code on an invitation means that jeans and sneakers are welcome, and anything goes as long as it is comfortable and not too dressy.
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