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Dressing For Dress Codes

Getting an invitation in the mail for a fabulous event with a dress code requirement can be stressful. Dress codes are sometimes difficult to decipher, and can drive you crazy when trying to choose the most appropriate attire.

Thanks to our etiquette expert, DearSugar, who has created DearSugar's Guide To Decoding Dress Codes, we can all rest a little easier knowing that our outfits fall within the guidelines of the proper dress code. Here are some suggestions for what to wear when a dress code has you stumped:

Here's a Business Casual look for a party: Oscar de La Renta is the epitome of class and this tailored, tweed dress and belt are sure to be hit in any conservative crowd. Buy it here for $1,950. The belt is sold separately. You can buy it here for $350.

This Carmen Marc Valvo Taffeta Wrap Top & Skirt is a great choice for a Formal Affair
Buy it here for a total of $855 (jacket and skirt sold separately).

Lots more looks, so

This gorgeous Notte by Marchesa Bow Dress is perfect for Cocktail Attire when you are looking for something fun and flirty. Buy it here for $780.

This elegant, yet sexy Carmen Marc Valvo Gown is perfect for any winter Black Tie event or gala. The color won't wash you out and the form fitting shape is classic and jaw dropping. Buy it here for $960.

This Carolina Herrera Jersey Draped Gown has just the right flair for a modern White Tie event. It has a short train for a dramatic effect. This dress is representative of something so dressy that you will be doing more standing pretty than partying and dancing. Buy it here for $2,990.

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veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
the black & white ones are genius!
la_clique la_clique 10 years
soccrspz, check out the fab finding and budget fashion suites if you want affordable stuff...
flutterpie flutterpie 10 years
i love love that caroline herrera dress, very jlo-fabulous :JAWDROP:
Fashion Fashion 10 years
Hi soccrspz, Thanks for the feedback! We actually do not make any money referring anybody to anyone. We try very hard to give a nice blend of inspirational and everyday items on FabSugar. The post above was meant to be a guide, not an end all be all reference. Cheers, FAB
Kbrooks1122704 Kbrooks1122704 10 years
OK, honestly, what percentage of women who read this site could afford this stuff... let alone buy it for a "business casual" function! I'm sorry, but even if I had the money I don't think I'd but a $1,950 Oscar de la Renta dress with a $350 belt. I've just never understood the concept of marketing this stuff to women who cannot afford it. I'm sure 95% of the readers of this site and magazines have mid level incomes and do most of their shopping at Macy's and Express for job functions (maybe a little Nordstrom's for a treat.) You know who your audience is, do research that they can really use and feel comfortable looking at. (And I know the comebacks - that these are ideas you can use for lower budget stuff, but why not find that for us instead, I'm sure you'll make just as much money referring us to that site as you would Neiman Marcus)
AtlantaNoleGirl AtlantaNoleGirl 10 years
The Notte and the Carolina are divine... can you tell black and white are my main color schemes? Lovely. I wish I had the money to buy them or somewhere to wear them. ----------- “Buy me a dream: Shopping for clothes isn’t about the things you need, it’s about the woman you’ll become when you wear them.”
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 10 years
I love the Oscar de la Renta & the Carolina Herrera. They can do no wrong.
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