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Fashion Dress Codes, Decoded

If you’ve ever opened an invitation and spotted a confusing dress code at the bottom, you’re not alone. Fashion dress codes can be intricate and complicated and downright confusing. Which one is the dressiest? What are the best shoes to wear for business casual? And what’s the difference between black tie, black tie optional, and creative black tie?

We know it’s a lot to keep straight, so to take the guess work out of it, we’ve broken down the most important dress codes to keep straight. From dressed up and over the top to super casual, we’re covering them all. So now when you see “festive dress code” on an invite, you’ll know what to wear. Want to see what each of them entail?

Keep reading to see what fashion dress codes entail, and then shop our outfit recommendations.


The most formal of all dress codes, white tie involves dressing to the nines. Think royal affairs, glamorous balls, and presidential dinners. Guests must adhere to strict guidelines in order to fit in and to make an impression. If you are lucky enough to score an invitation to one of these white tie events, keep your eyes out for full-length evening gowns with little to no exposed skin to keep the look classy and sophisticated. This is not the time to test out new funky fashion trends, so try to avoid loud patterns or textures. As for jewelry, keep it simple with a necklace or earrings. Long gloves are an option, but they’re not required. Tiaras are accepted, as long as you have the title to match.

Six identical dresses: we solve this and other wedding fashion disasters

Dressing for a wedding involves uncompromising rules. Complying often requires great expense and real discomfort (stilettos, shaping underwear, trousers that no longer accommodate your girth, and so on).


Forefront in the rulebook, though, is the commandment that a woman must not upstage the bride. And this weekend, it was contravened in spectacular style by six women who turned up to a wedding in Sydney all wearing the same £95 lace dress. A picture of the sextet, predictably, went viral at high velocity.


The women were not bridesmaids, nor was it planned. We all saw the funny side of it,insisted one of the group, although despite the affected nonchalance, this was undeniably toe-curling for all involved (of course, men seem to be fine with wearing identical navy or grey suits, but that is a discussion for another day).


In this spirit, here is a guide to styling out wedding fashion mishaps.



The Australian women did have the right idea: the first thing you must do is note this mishap publicly, probably with an Instagram post (#TwinningIsWinning). Skirting around your doppelganger all evening will make you look as ashamed as you really care about your pedestrian taste in clothing. Then, modify your outfit: borrow a floral centerpiece from the table, or fashion a crude badge from confetti.


NB: as the evening progresses, ensure your drunk significant other does not accidentally grope the wrong person.


 Kate Moss in her Dior dress, pre-customisation.

 Kate Moss in her Dior dress, pre-customisation. Photograph: Dave M. Benett/Getty

Wear and tear

If you rip something, make like Kate Moss: the supermodels quick customisation of a damaged champagne-colored Dior dress at a 2007 party is the stuff of lore. If youre bold and carry a pair of scissors (who doesnt?), you could try some slashing, otherwise, do some tucking and trying to conceal the hole.


Life is pain

You swore you would not wear shoes that left your feet lacerated, but have, obviously, done so. To have any fun, you must do that bobbing dancing that puts great pressure on the knees but limits the movement of the feet and toes you can no longer feel. When forced to go anywhere, walk at the glacial pace of a visiting, elderly dignitary.


Thrills and spills

Less than a minute into the reception and you have sluiced a glass of red wine all down your front, or smeared soap on your trousers. You look grubby and must act, lest someone adds a picture of you to Facebook with a mean-spirited caption.


Obviously, attempt stain removal in the bathrooms you might look like youve soiled yourself for 15 minutes, but dance vigorously and you will quickly dry. Otherwise, hold the order of service in front of the stain for the rest of the reception.



The first Instagram photo of the big day reveals your dress to be entirely see-through when exposed to even the anemic flash of an iPhone camera. Save yourself in the group photo by standing almost entirely obscured behind an usher.

Some Reasons to Love Your Dresses

Shorts and Your Style

In this post, by shorts, I mean lengths that have inseams of five inches and shorter.

In the Summertime casual shorts are extremely popular in my neck of the woods. Men, women, teens, and children all wear short shorts in Seattle. Most of my clients in Seattle wear shorts, but to varying degrees. Some wear them all Summer long with tees, cotton blouses, knitted tops, open-weave pullovers, sneakers, sandals, or flip-flops. They wear shorts to do errands, shop, go out to dinner, camp, garden, walk the dogs, and for all sorts of casual settings that involve children. Some wear shorts at home to lounge and work in the garden but that’s it. Some haul them out on a hot day over the weekend. Others will wear them on the beach, resort, camping, hiking, golfing and theme park vacations and leave it at that.

Although I regularly shop for shorts with clients, I am in the minority and don’t wear them myself. I wore them a lot until my mid-twenties, but not since then. Here are the reasons:

It’s seldom hot enough to do so since I live in Seattle and run cold. (Although our weather doesn’t seem to stop anyone else.)

When it IS hot enough, I’d much rather wear a casual shirt or sack dress that’s just above the knee with flats. Casual dresses simply suit my style and sartorial preferences better than shorts. I LOVE wearing trousers but don’t enjoy wearing shorts.

I prefer the thigh coverage of a Summer dress, which makes me feel a little dressier and more elegant than when I wear shorts.

I like the breezy yet covered feeling on my legs when I wear a roomy frock in hot weather.

I have two pairs of denim cutoffs (old BF jeans), that are just above the knee so longer than typical shorts. I wear them when we take doggies swimming, and very occasionally on a walk with Sam.

I don’t go on the types of vacations or do the types of sports that require shorts and don’t do gardening or go camping.

My Summer loungewear is soft, airy, covered and floppy. I grew up in a tropical climate and never feel overly warm in Seattle.

Over to you. Do shorts work for your style. When and how frequently do you wear them?

7 Types of Dresses You Must Have In Your Wardrobe

Dresses are a symbol of pure femininity, they are so versatile and you can easily create an outstanding outfit with the right accessories. Whatever your style any woman should have these 7 types of dresses in their wardrobe. They are classic clothes which will save your day when you do not have any clue what to wear.

Little Black Dress is always classy

Karl Lagerfeld said ‘’One is never over-dressed or over dressed in a little black dress’’. Black is the symbol of pure elegance and you will never be out of style while wearing a black dress. You can wear it at work, in the night at weddings and funeral is such a versatile classic dress.

Little White Dress-A touch of light

We all admire white clothes, but we avoid wearing them because they dirty too fast. But, hey white looks so gorgeous on tanned skin in the summer and can bring you summer in full winter when you choose to properly accessorize with a black or navy sweater and some cozy boots.

Flora Dress brings summer in all the seasons

No matter if it is summer or not, a floral dress doesn’t have to miss from your closet. You can wear both at day and night, at barbecues, outside parties, but also for weddings or evening events.

Sequin Party Dress for wide nights

Sometimes a girl just wanna have fun, that’s why for wild nights in the disco or parties, you must have a sexy, short dress in your wardrobe, which will make you look fabulous.  Do not fear to look bold, because you might never know who can fall in love with your style and look.

Mid Dress/Skirt in formal events

Do you have to go to a job interview, did he invite you to his parents’ home or you simply have to participate to a formal event? Well, you don’t have to panic you need a midi dress or skirt which will make you look elegant and so reliable. Just add a jacket and some high heels shoes and your outfit is ready.

Casual Maxi Dress for cozy days

There are moments when you do not want a classy look and you want to wear something comfortable. A casual maxi dress can save the day; you can wear it while shopping, at meeting with your friends. Accessorize it with some flats shoes and you can enjoy a lovely day.

Evening Dress to shine in the night

Did your boyfriend invite you over night to a wedding? Do you have to go to a party, opera or galas? A long dress from lace or satin will make you the queen of the night.

Dress for Success: How Our Clothes Can Influence Our Performance

What you wear can influence your thinking and negotiating skills, and even hormone levels and heart rate.

The old advice to dress for the job you want, not the job you have, may have roots in more than simply how others perceive you—many studies show that the clothes you wear can affect your mental and physical performance. Although such findings of so-called en clothed cognition are mostly from small studies in the laboratory that have not yet been replicated or investigated in the real world, a growing body of research suggests that there is something biological happening when we put on a snazzy outfit and feel like a new person.

If you want to be a big-ideas person at work, suit up. A paper in August 2015 in Social Psychological and Personality Science asked subjects to change into formal or casual clothing before cognitive tests. Wearing formal business attire increased abstract thinking—an important aspect of creativity and long-term strategy. The experiments suggest the effect is related to feelings of power.

Informal clothing may hurt in negotiations. In a study reported in December 2014 in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, male subjects wore their usual duds or were placed in a suit or in sweats. Then they engaged in a game that involved negotiating with a partner. Those who dressed up obtained more profitable deals than the other two groups, and those who dressed down had lower testosterone levels.

For better focus, get decked out like a doctor. In research published in July 2012 in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, subjects made half as many mistakes on an attention-demanding task when wearing a white lab coat. On another attention task, those told their lab coat was a doctor’s coat performed better than either those who were told it was a painter’s smock or those who merely saw a doctor’s coat on display. —Matthew Hutson

Inspired by findings that winning combat fighters in the 2004 Olympics had worn red more often than blue, researchers investigated the physiological effects of wearing these colors. As reported in February 2013 in the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, they paired 28 male athletes of similar age and size, who competed against one another once while wearing a red jersey and again while wearing blue. Compared with fighters in blue, those wearing red were able to lift a heavier weight before the match and had higher heart rates during the match—but they were not more likely to be victorious. —Tori Rodriguez

Trying too hard to look sharp can backfire. When women donned expensive sunglasses and were told the specs were counterfeit, as opposed to when they thought they were real, they cheated more often on lab experiments with cash payouts. Fake sunglasses also seemed to make women see others’ behavior as a suspect. Authors of the study, published in May 2010 in Psychological Science, theorize that counterfeit glasses increase unethical behavior by making their wearers feel less authentic. —M.H.

It’s not news to anyone that we judge others based on their clothes. In general, studies that investigate these judgments find that people prefer clothing that matches expectations—surgeons in scrubs, little boys in blue—with one notable exception. A series of studies published in an article in June 2014 in the Journal of Consumer Research explored observers’ reactions to people who broke established norms only slightly. In one scenario, a man at a black-tie affair was viewed as having higher status and competence when wearing a red bow tie. The researchers also found that valuing uniqueness increased audience members’ ratings of the status and competence of a professor who wore red Converse sneakers while giving a lecture.

The results suggest that people judge these slight deviations from the norm as positive because they suggest that the individual is powerful enough to risk the social costs of such behaviors. —T.R.