Dress code for a party

Are you having a dress code for a party you're about to join? don't worry! With our formal party attire fashion advise you'll find all the information you need to look gorgeous on your upcoming event! Some people are having issues with the fact that they're being forced to wear a certain dress code, but you can also see a dress code as a good thing, the main purpose of a dress code is to provide clarity for the attendees about what to wear to the formal event.

For men dress codes set out strict rules about what to and what not to wear. For women it's much harder to decide how to dress. Here we give you the definitions and basic rules of different party dress codes. For more information on what to wear when you have a certain dress code for a party you can go to the particular dress code in the navigation bar.

What is white tie

White tie is one of the most formal dresscodes that is being used for ceremonial occasions.

On this image Diane Kruger is wearing a beautiful example of a white tie dress. this soft and flowy one shoulder gown is simply stunning!

  • Shoes: Christian Louboutin
  • Clutch: Celestina Filigree
  • Earrings: Swarovski
  • Bracelet: Glitzy secrets

How to dress white tie

Long evening gowns (full length). As accessoiries u can use silk or cotton elbow-length gloves (formally white), a shawl and your most beautiful jewelery. wear shoes in one color.

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What is black tie?

Black tie is a dress code that is being used for evening events after 6 pm. and social functions. It is less formal than the white tie dress code.

Elizabeth Hurley is wearing a simple and chic pink cocktail dress. For a black tie event better choose a dressy fabric like silk or satin.

  • Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti
  • Earrings: Ava
  • Bracelet: Adorn
  • Clutch: Amy

How to dress black tie

Cocktail or evening gowns, gloves and a wrap or stole are possible and evening shoes. use tasteful jewelery to glam up your outfit.

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What is cocktail?

This dress code is being used for all kinds of events and is less formal than the black or white tie dress codes.

Hally Berry is wearing an ultra elegant cocktail dress in gold. This dress is perfect for her body shape. 

  • Shoes: Fergie
  • Earrings: J. Crew
  • Bracelet: John Lewis
  • Clutch: Diane von Furstenberg

How to dress cocktail

Wear a knee length or a tea length cocktail dress, high heels, an evening bag and jewelry or bijous.

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What is casual

A casual dress code for a party is informal and is being used for all kinds of events. the purpose of a casual dress code is comfort and personal expression and it gives you space to dress the way you like.

Miranda Kerr knows how to dress casual! This leather pants with white jacket can be worn at any casual event. Combine it with amazing accessories like she did. 

  • Shoes: Jimmy Choo
  • Earrings: Jewelry Wishes
  • Bracelet: Juicyrock
  • Bag: Zara

How to dress casual

At a casual event you can choose to wear what you want to wear. This doesn't mean you shouldn't put any effort in your outfit. It is always appreciated if you look tasteful on a party, try to adapt to the location and the kind of event you're attending. At a party on a chic location other attire is needed than on a party on for example the beach.

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What is semi formal?

The semi formal dress code is a dress code that is being used for occasions that can be typified between formal and informal.

 Jeri Ryan looks awesome in this little black dress. A chic little black dress is perfect for a semi formal event.

  • Shoes: Christian Louboutin
  • Earrings and bracelet: Swarovski
  • Clutch: Anya Hindmarch

How to dress semi formal

Wear a long gown or a cocktail gown. You're safe if you dress the same way as for a black tie event.

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What is evening attire?

Evening attire refers to the kind of clothes that you would wear to a white tie, and sometimes black tie event. If evening attire is the desired dress code for a party it is less well defined as when it gives a specific dress code like black tie or white tie. This gives you more space in choosing what to wear.

Evening attire is a dress code for which you can wear the most beautiful long gowns. Scarlett Johansson looks ultra elegant in this long red gala dress.

  • Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
  • Earrings: Amishi London
  • Bracelet: Marquise
  • Clutch: Burgundy

How to dress with an evening attire dress code

Wear long or below the knee evening gowns with beautifull jewelry, high heels and a small evening bag.

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What is morning dress(or jacquet)?

Morning dress is one of the most formal dress codes there is and it is worn during daytime events. One example where this dress code is worn is at royal weddings, which gives an indication of the formality of this dress code.

This red suit that Cate Blanchett looks really chic and is great for an event with a jaquet dress code.

  • Shoes: Christian Louboutin
  • Clutch: Sanya V Jain
  • Earrings: Talulla Tu
  • Ring: Garnet

How to dress morning dress

Wear a festive suit or cocktail gown with a hat, matching shoes, a bag and jewellery. 

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What is New York Chic?

The New York chic dress code has his origins in the New York lifestyle, where there is often not enough time to change clothes after work. This asks for a trendy outfit that you can wear for all occasions.

Miranda Kerr always wears amazing outfits. This black outfit is sophisticated and perfectly suits the New York Chic dress code.

  • Shoes and bag: Zara
  • Earrings Michael Kors
  • Sunglasses: Mango
  • Lipstick: L'Oreal color riche, true red

How to dress New York Chic

If New York chic is the desired dress code for a party you're attending this means that if it's in the magazines you can wear it. So start reaching for your wallet. You can wear whatever you want as long as it's trendy (and often expensive). It is being expected that you're wearing designer clothes.


Relevant tips and ideas if you're having a dress code for a party:

  • Are you on a tight budget, or do you think it's a waste of money to by an expensive dress that you can only wear once? Maybe renting a dress is an option.
  • If you have any doubts about the meaning of a particular dress code just don't be ashamed to make a phonecall to the host or hostess of the event. They would appreciate the fact that you take the effort to wear the desired party attire.
  • If you're wearing stockings never forget to take an extra pair.
  • If it's not possible to reach somebody who can tell you what the dresscode for a party is, just go for something neutral that can be worn for several dresscodes. Wear the gown with confidence and you have a big chance nobody will notice the fact that you were the one who didn't knew what to wear.
  • Check out the parties in the navigation bar for more specific parties.
  • Wonder what to wear to a party? Just return to howtodressforaparty.com and check out our newest updates, pictures and information about your next party look!



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