Have you ever received an invitation that has left you completely clueless about what to wear? Between "black tie optional” and "beach formal," the language can be tricky to decipher. But we've got you covered! Here are the most common dress codes explained so that you arrive appropriately- and stylishly- dressed to any party!
Decoded: In the spring and summer, this dress code indicates that the event will likely be held outdoors, meaning the party will be laid-back, especially when it comes to attire.
Our Pick: Grab that funky dress you’ve had your eye on and a cute pair of wedge sandals and you’re ready for anything from spring graduations to summer weddings.
Decoded: Pack those sunglasses and sandals, you’re headed to a beach wedding. You’ll want to wear something fun and comfortable that is appropriate for both the event and the environment. Also, consider wearing open-toed shoes that you can walk through the sand in.
Our Pick: Pair a flirty shift dress in a bright color with a statement tote for a stand out look. Channel your inner beach babe by wearing your hair in loose waves and keeping your makeup natural and glowy.
Decoded: Time to get creative! This dress code gives you the luxury of wearing anything from a cocktail dress to formal separates.
Our Pick: You can never go wrong in a little black dress. Add sparkly jewelry and an eye-catching bag and you’re ready to hit the dance floor. Neon Jeep not required (…but recommended!)
Decoded: This dress code gives you the opportunity to get a little fancy with your outfit. It’s less formal than black tie so wearing a longer dress is appropriate, but not mandatory.
Our Pick: Opt for a mid-length dress in an interesting pattern to set yourself apart from the crowd. Turn up the glamour with an embellished evening clutch for a formal look that is anything but frumpy.
Decoded: If you’re invited to a black tie affair, it’s time to pull out all the stops! This dress code typically suggests an elegant, evening event so darker colors and longer hemlines are most appropriate.
Our Pick: Never feel under-dressed in this glamorous gown. The pleated skirting and off-the-shoulder silhouette ensures that this dress is always event ready. Accessorize with gold jewelry and classic black heels to amp up the wow-factor.