Thanksgiving is over and we look forward to Christmas and the New Year, and there are a lot of parties to attend! You receive an invitation with a dress code that calls for creative black tie or festive – and you have no clue as to what to wear to the event. Believe it or not there are specific rules behind every dress code printed on an invitation.
With this in mind, I’ve decoded some of the most common dress codes for you. So whether your office suggests that employees dress in business casual attire, or you receive a wedding invitation that is black tie optional, we have you covered so you’ll know exactly what to wear.
Dress Code: Black Tie
The best way to figure out what to wear is to dress according to what you think the host will wear. If attending a high-end wedding, then a gown would be appropriate. If, on the other hand, you’re attending a work function that calls for black tie, it would be more appropriate to wear a little black dress with a few choice accessories.
Dress Code: Black Tie Optional
This dress code is more open, and you can wear anything from a long dress to a cocktail number. You’re not expected to go all out as if you were attending an award gala, but you should still be formally attired. An ankle grazing dress and choice jewelry will usually do the trick.
Dress Code: Cocktail
A short party ready dress would be the attire. When in doubt ladies, wear a little black dress with fun accessories.
Dress Code: Festive
A dress code that tends to pop up on invitations around the holidays. Festive attire is similar to cocktail attire, but with a holiday twists such as a sparkly sequins dress.
Dress Code: Business Formal
This dress code suggests many daytime semi-formal events, such as work lunches and conferences. A tailored dress or a pantsuit will do nicely for this occasion. The idea is to wear something business appropriate, that also feels dressed up.
Dress Code: Business Casual
Most offices have a dress code that calls for business casual. For us women this means pants and a blazer or a pencil skirt and a fun blouse. absolutely no jeans or sneakers allowed.
Dress Code: Casual Dressy
This dress code calls for a just slightly dressy version of your most casual look. Ladies we need to upgrade our go-to pair of pants with a fun pair of ankle boots.
Dress Code: Casual
Anything goes in this case, including jeans and sneakers, and this dress code usually means you’ll even be uncomfortable in anything but your most comfortable attire.