Style Guide: Understanding the Dress Code

Women loves dressing up once and a while thus, formal events and special occasions become an instant excuse to spruce up. Nothing can ever dampen your excitement at this chance to dress up and let loose, but one thing that bring confusion to your overjoyed state. Dress codes indicated in that fancy (sometimes scented) invite can easily boogle the mind days before the actual event.

Any party-phile working girl would be reduced to a pile of anxiety over puzzling and unfamiliar dress codes. It sours up excited moods to realize that you actually have no idea what to wear! Proms, weddings, corporate anniversaries and charity events are big events that you must prepare for, but how you can you do so when you can’t even find the perfect outfit? This problem is not just a petty issue that teenage girls go through, women of any age want to look their best during these special occasions.

Dress codes are not just a teaser of what you can expect on the said event, it is also a personal request by the host, celebrant or party-giver to encourage or warn attendees to do bother dress up. Here are some common codes and the acceptable corresponding dresses.

Formal Wear – Do wear evening long or midi-dresses. Black tie suits for women are acceptable but feminine frocks keep the traditional flair. Go for fabric covered heels in formal affairs. If you have to wear leather heels, be sure that it is glossy or patent. Avoid white shoes with light colored dress, instead go for metallics such as champagne. Complete your look with clutches or minaudieres as larger ones will only destroy the elegance of your look.

Cocktail – some women would wear cocktail dresses in formal events which is a no-no! However dramatic it looks, knee to thigh-high dresses as well as luxe separates fall into a completely different category. Cocktail attire are also known as the “after-five” which give you the chance to wear your LBD’s in black, white, red or jewel-tones. Footwear are on the edgy side so you can experiment with chunky platforms, wedges or boots. As much as possible, do away with casual day dresses, flats and cut-offs.

Corporate – the most appropriate are suits whether it’s the pants or skirt version. Corporate dress code can be very easy to follow because you can go to your event with what you wore in the office. Amp this look up with accessories such as a clinch belt, a statement necklace and a sling back heels. Avoid casual shirts and playful accessories such as headbands. Stay polished and professional.

Business Casual – an uptake to “casual Fridays,” lift that usual jeans up with a lady-like blouse, pumps and a sleek outerwear. Cowl-neck, peter-pan collars or pussy-bow blouses are perfect choices but if you prefer to don a suit, switch that corporate button down with a loose knit blouse. Avoid flat sandals and sneaks and keep accessories on a professional tone.

Smart Casual – For events or affairs that call for smart casuals, you can simply wear something that you would for a gimik with your friends. Jeans, shorts, harem pants and day dresses with a some sophisticated elements such as embellished glads for maxi dresses and heels and blazers for tank tops and pants.

Casual – Easy and comfortable with some personal touches. Ballerina flats, espadrilles, brogues and cork wedges work well in casual dress codes. Avoid ratty shirts or extravagant heels and jewelry that can easily make you look silly.

Thematic – basically calls for what is indicated in the invite. Today parties, events and affairs have themes such as 70’s, grudge, festive and others. This is your chance to be creative just as long as you follow the theme and play the night for fun!


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