Understanding 6 Dress Codes And How To Dress For Them

Understanding 6 Dress Codes And How To Dress For Them

Rishika Devnani

In olden times, having a dress code attached to almost every small event was a common practice. While it would make narrowing down an outfit easier, can you imagine how boring it would be, to stick to the same kind of clothing every now and then? However, that has changed with modern times. In the present world, not every little outing requires you to adhere to a strict dress code. And we’re glad a system so strict has faded away with time. But even today, there are events and occasions where attendees have a certain dress code to keep in mind.

It is always important to fully understand the dress code, no matter what the event is. Dress codes are supremely important in the professional realm as well. You may think that you have understood the kind of attire that falls under these categories, but it is always better to check it before making an assumption. In a world full of popular trends and fashion-savvy people, it is important to have your A-game on! From casual to black-tie we have put together some easy information to help give you a quick breakdown. Trust us, this is going to make getting ready for an event so much easier!

Ahead,‍ we deconstruct a few common dress codes for you:

1) Black-Tie

Let us begin with the most formal dress code of all—black-tie events. These might come along more rarely than the others, however, you have to dress to kill when it comes to it. Typically this dress code entails a formal floor-length gown. Being the epitome of formal, you can dress up in some stunning long gowns paired with tasteful jewellery. Alternatively, you can also wear a fancy and sleek cocktail dress or even a classy LBD. However, you will need to elevate it further with some bling, stilettos and an eye-catchy clutch.

2) Cocktail

There often is a fine line between cocktail dresses and those of black-tie. When it comes to cocktail attire, it’s one step behind all the black-tie extravaganza. You have to be dressy but can take it down a notch with a dress that is shorter in length. Cocktail events are usually social and enjoyable but still require you to look proper. Hence, playful or flirty party dresses is not an option. Pick out your smartest dress, LBD or even a well-tailored shorts-suit along with a killer pair of heels. Don’t forget to add some elegant accessories.

3) Semi-Formal

This dress code is one that can get confusing. These kind of events are fancy, but you needn’t necessarily wear long or elaborate dresses. An easy way to decode the semi-formal dress code is to keep one thing in mind: you don’t have to divulge in dresses or skirts if you do not wish to. It allows you to opt for trendier clothes that also make the cut as formal attire. Think dressy separates like long formal culotte pants teamed with a decorative top. Floor-length skirts, dresses and LBDs are also acceptable options but not necessary. Just ensure the material of your outfits is dressy and you’re good to go.

4) Business Formal

Business formal attire is mostly needed when you have an important meeting or presentation to attend. And that inevitably requires you to dress smart and look polished. Try to avoid flats and opt for low to mid heels. For clothing, a tailored pantsuit is your best friend. They look powerful, sharp and will have you looking like a true boss woman. Another option would be a simple business-style dress with a blazer. While bright colours are fun, depending on the event stick to more toned down shades like black, grey, brown or navy. Finally, keep the accessories to a minimum, and sport a neat hairstyle.

5) Business Casual

While business formal is the attire you would wear occasionally for an important meeting, business casual involves clothes you’d wear on a daily basis to your workplace. This is subjective to the company you work for and the work environment. Nevertheless, smart trousers, midi-skirts, dresses and fashional tops are all acceptable options. You can even dress it up with some jewellery and heels if needed. This dress code is pretty much flexible as it all depends on the rules of your company.

6) Casual

The most favourite dress code and the one that requires the least explanation is casual-wear. This dress code allows you to be comfortable and in your best element. You can pull out your favourite pair of jeans and style them with a trendy top or even a smart tee. Moreover, you can fashion all the latest styles and experiment with fun combinations. For footwear, flats are acceptable as heels but choose wisely depending on the nature of the event. In a nutshell, this is your average everyday look.

What dress code do you love dressing up for the most? Let us know in the comments below.

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