Deciphering The Invitation Dress Code
You received an invitation in the mail for a fall dinner party. As you RSVP, you notice there is a dress code listed on the bottom of the card. The problem is, you have no idea what “semi-formal” or “cocktail attire” actually means. Not to worry! Here is a quick guide to help you decipher the most common dress codes so that you can avoid showing up under- or over-dressed.
I’ve done the research and found dresses that are appropriate for all of the types of dress codes, and you’ll notice that occasionally dresses overlap and go into multiple dress codes. That is because often the formality of the dress code is dependent on the host. The one place that doesn’t apply is white-tie attire. You don’t really have any wiggle room on what is appropriate there. Don’t forget that you can always shop previous outfits by heading here.
All of the jewelry for tonight’s looks is from one of my favorite online vintage retailers, 1st Dibs. If you’re not familiar with them, they source everything from fine jewelry to home decor and furniture from top luxury shops around the world. It’s a great place to look for something unique. I think a formal occasion is a wonderful time to find a special piece that you’ll keep for a lifetime. As a reminder, if you are investing in fine jewelry it is a good idea to get it insured. Here is a great article that gives you more information on that.
One last thought before you read the guide: choose your shoes wisely. While a tall heel will look fabulous, you might not be able to make it all night if you’ll be standing. I’ve found a ton of shoe options from flats to stilettos so you can select what works best for you.