It is almost always exciting and fun when a party invitation arrives. However sooner or later we have to start to think about what we will wear. When types of “dress codes” are indicated such as “Smart Casual”, “Cocktail Party attire,” “Tailgate Party”, “Festive”, “Cocktail Chic” or etc. it can throw us for a loop. Where should one begin to figure out what any of these types of dress codes mean?
The best strategy, if possible, check with the host or hostess regarding what their “dress code” means or check with other friends that you know have been invited to the party. See how they are interpreting the invitation dress code. Usually daytime functions are more casual and evening events are more dressy.
If you are specifying a dress code on an invitation give suggestions in the invitation such as “no ties for men” and “dressy pants” for women to describe “Smart Casual”
Interpreting Dress Codes
No need to stress out. Answers to the questions below will help you make the right clothing choices no matter what the dress code is. Keep in mind it is better to be under dressed than over dressed.
1) Can you tell if the party is casual or formal (Bar-B-Q or cocktail party or dinner) ?
2) Is it a daytime or evening event (brunch, lunch, or dinner)?
3) Where is the party being held (a restaurant, friend’s home, or country club)?
4) What type of affair or event is specified (a wedding shower in the afternoon, dinner dance or a brunch)?