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Cracking The Dress Code

Here's a guide to understanding the most common invitation dress codes.
Cracking The Dress Code Here's a guide to understanding the most common invitation dress codes.

Dress codes—that one little request a host asks of you when attending his or her party. Being the civilized and gracious person that you are, you of course give in. But after asking a few other guests what they’re planning to wear to that said event, you start to question what the dress code really means and here is where the panic starts.

What you wear is a crucial element as it can make or break an event. It is imperative that both the host and the guests are on the same page on understanding what the dress code means. From casual business meetings to fancy sit-down dinners, here’s an illustrated guide in deciphering these tricky codes.

CASUAL

No need to stress if you see this on the invite: simply come as you are. Just be sure you look decent enough for blowing kisses and shaking hands.

BUSINESS CASUAL

Think a normal day at the office—corporate that is as some offices tend to be more loose with their dress codes. Tops with collars are your safest bet and so are tailored trousers and knee-length skirts.

FESTIVE OR CREATIVE

Now is the time to get your imagination rolling. Usually, your host would give a theme so just be sure to follow that while still keeping in mind the formality of the event.

COCKTAIL

This may also be written as informal or semi-formal. Do note that informal does not mean casual, so dressing for a cocktail event means you need to have a slight sense of formality. Knee-length dresses that show a bit of skin are best for this.

BLACK TIE

Now's the time for you to get fancy. Going long saves you from bordering towards cocktail at a formal event. Black tie doesn't differ much from white tie (the most formal of formal) for women except for the part where you may choose to wear gloves depending on the time of the fuctuion. White tie, of course, would require you to wear something floor-length. 

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Illustrations by Zoe Laurente

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