Every time we need to dress up for work, a function or an event, etc., we think about what to wear. Most of the time, we are provided dress codes to ease our uncertainty on what to wear. These dress codes act like guidelines, apprising us on what is acceptable. However, the various kinds of dress codes often leave us confused. So, to end the confusion, read on to properly understand what these dress codes mean.
The most formal of occasions, white tie events means that you need to wear only floor length formal evening gowns, with or without sleeves. If without, you need to wear gloves. Don't forget to tie your hair in a neat and classy updo.
The black-tie dress code is commonly followed at award functions and galas. Less formal than white tie, black tie allows for varying length of dresses that never go above the knees. You can even wear evening trousers in a luxe material like silk, chiffon, crepe, etc. You can also wear your hair up or down. You should also carry an elegant evening bag.
Far from lounge wear, lounge suit describes attire that is most suited for office parties or formal events. Go for a smart power suit or work-appropriate dresses. Since it's for mostly business, keep the jewelry to a minimum. If the event is taking place during the evening, opt for a skirt instead of pants or trousers.
Cocktail dress codes are more relaxed than lounge suit, but still have an element of professionalism. However, you are more than free to experiment with your outfits. Think bold, bright, eye-catching designs. But, don't wear outfits that go above the knee. Usually, longer hair is worn in an updo, but that's entirely up to your preference.
This is a category of casuals where it is neat, crisp and smart, while being casuals. That means no messy layering or styles. While there needs to be some structure, it can be dialled down.
This is a category of casuals where it has to be professional. While you can wear loose-ish pants, stay away from jeans, sandals and sundresses. Basically, stay away from anything that might be too casual. While the dress code is less formal and structured, remember you're in a place of work.
This is the dress code where you wear messy, distressed and mismatched clothes. Also, the symbol of a rebel, this dress code is very casual. Shorts, jeans, etc. all go well with the cool casual dress code.