You’ve been invited to a party; a wedding; a ball. The invitation gives clear instructions on arrival times, what to bring, and that you may attend with a guest – but the dress code is distressingly vague.
How festive is “festive”? What’s the difference between “business formal” and “smart casual”? If outfit requirements are getting your head in a spin, don’t panic – we’re here to help decode the dress codes, ensuring you’re suitably glamorous for any occasion ahead of this busy festive season.
Possibly the easiest dress code to decode for men, black tie is a no-brainer – a tuxedo. Women can interpret the black tie dress code with a little more flexibility: choose from a longer-length dress or sophisticated separates, but keep it elegant. Use your head, too: a black-tie wedding calls for something a little more extravagant than a work event.