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What every single dress code really mean.

Nothing sucks the fun out of getting ready to an event quicker than some obscure dress code printed on the invitation card. So I did a little research on how to dress for each dress code.

1. Black tie.

It is a dress code that requires men to wear a dinner jacket with matching trousers a pleated white shirt, black formal shoes and a bow tie.

For women it translates as a long and evening appropriate fabric such as velvet, chiffon or lace.

2. Black tie optional.

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It refers to a dress code in which a black tie is requested but guests have the option to wear a dark business suit if they choose so.

For women this generally means a full length silhouette.

3. Creative black tie.

When a formal event calls for a creative black tie code, it means you do not have to adhere to the traditional black tie standards in which men are expected to wear a specific tuxedo shirt paired with black suit, and women are expected to wear evening dresses.

4. Cocktail.

Cocktail attire is a standard dress code for parties and evening functions. For women cocktail attire typically calls for a dress that finishes at or above the knee and high heels.

For men it means that you should wear a suit in dark colors, ideally navy or chocolate with white shirt, a pair of black leather dress shoes and tie.

5. Festive.

A combination of cocktail attire but often holiday flair.

6. Business casual.

Include slacks or khakis, dress shirt or blouse open collar or polo shirt, optional tie or seasonal sport coat, a dress or skirt at knee length or below and a tailored blazer.

7. Business formal.

The standard dress code in business formal environment is a full matching business suit, including a jacket and dress pants or a dress skirt.

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8. Casual dressy.

Also called smart casual. It is a combination of relaxed and refined pieces think blouses, dress shirts, button downs, dress pants, dark jeans and clean shoes.

9. Casual.

Dress code that is relaxed, occasional, spontaneous and suited for everyday use.

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