lots of parties and not too sure what to wear…
Black Tie- means formal, so you should wear a tea or floor-length dress and men a tux, but if you’re not into rules you can ignore it. You should get dressed up, look elegant, glamourous and no costume jewelry, low, low cut top or high, high slits.
Cocktail- mean semi-f0rmalish, so wear a LBD and killer heels. Men should wear a dark suit, white shirt and dark tie.
Festive- means have a little bit of fun with color, jewelry and textures, but not too short and keep it sophisticated. Guys should wear a suit and fun tie, or open collar jacket and slacks.
Dressy Chic– means this is probably an outdoor party or destination wedding so no black. Wear comfortable, flowy, prints and a funky necklace or earrings. Guys can go classic preppy wearing khakis and oxford cloth shirt with a sport jacket or tan colored suit.
Business Attire- means what you would wear to an interview or meeting. A simple dress or black suit always works. For guys navy blue or gray or pin stripe is perfect with a colored shirt.
Casual Chic- means sort of dressed but sort of not, so you can wear anything from dark jeans and a great top to a jacket and slacks to something trendy. If you have a choice overdress a little bit rather than underdress. Guys can wear dark jeans and a button-down or khakis.
Come As You Are- this one is a little bit dangerous- don’t really go “as you are” if it means that you have on your yoga pants. Dress the way you would for a lunch date and always clean, neat and unwrinkled.
- if the invitation says that the style of dress is optional or preferred the person throwing the party is trying to help you by trying to give you and idea what you should wear, but you really don’t have to. For Black Tie Optional you can wear a spectacular short dress and guys can wear a very dark suit with a black tie.
- if the invitation doesn’t give you any hints about your attire look for some clues. Ask the party-giver what she’s wearing, ask your friends who were invited what they’re wearing, if the invitations are fancy, custom-made and embossed chances are it’s a dressy party. The more casual the invitation probably the more casual the party.
- The theme and place where the party is held will give you a very good idea about proper attire.
- The time of the party is another good hint usually an after 5 p.m. party is more elegant than a daytime get-together.