Event Dress Codes Explained

Event dress codes explained by a personal stylist

Dear Ladies,

How many times have you got invited to an event and there’s these two words that gets your heart pumping? Oh yeah, I’m talking about dress codes. They are just so confusing sometimes and you walk to the event and you’re dressed for the completely wrong event. Every social butterfly has to go through this and I want to give you all the tips on how you can dress appropriately for each dress code. There will also be a Pinterest search link for each dress code so you can get some inspo. I want to make this extremely clear and understandable. So let’s just get straight into it.

White Tie

Now for this dress code it’s very formal and it’s mainly for galas or state dinners. Very high class events, so this might not pop up every so often. You would want to opt for a floor length gown with gloves. Keep your jewelry simple and elegant. If the event is after 6pm you can break out the diamonds!

Black Tie

This dress code is the creme da la creme of dress codes. This is the one that is seen the most often for classy dinners and events. This dress code is mainly reserved for evening events and dinners. You can opt for a knee length to floor length dress. It’s much more flexible but I suggest you to keep it elegant. Heels or flat dress shoes are most appropriate and a clutch. Again keep the jewelry minimal and simple. You can have a little bit of fun with this one ladies but not too much, remember you’re supposed to look elegant and sleek. Nothing too crazy.

There is also a sub dress code for this category which is Black Tie Optional. Don’t be afraid about this. Here you can choose to wear black tie attire or you can wear something similar and a little bit more relaxed.

Cocktail Hour/Semi Formal

Everyone loves cocktail hour so this is where you rock out your pretty cocktail rings. Remember to focus on one statement piece at a time. Of course you will wear a cocktail dress at this time and keep your other accessories easy and simple. If this is too much for you, your LBD will always come in handy.

Business Casual

Now for this dress code it doesn’t mean that you can walk in with jeans, it means that you don’t have to wear a suit. As you can see on Pinterest, it’s still professional but a suit is not visible. Think pencil skirts and blouses maybe your occasional blazer with black jeans. (No blue jeans!) Shoes must always be closed toe and polished and professional looking.

The Casuals

Dressy casual is really mainly about looking good and feeling comfortable. So pull out anything that is comfortable but still looks presentable and classy. A pair of jeans with a red pump and blazer is considered dress casual. Just dress up your more casual pieces. As for casual attire you can be comfortable but don’t look too comfortable. You still have to look presentable but your don’t have to restrict yourself. A simple sun dress can work.


A festive dress code is mainly for holidays, so like Christmas and New Years. You would generally want to wear colors associated with those holidays, red for Christmas, gold for New Years. Keep your accessories fun and new.

Creative black tie still follow the rules and regulations of a regular black tie but you have more room to be creative. You can add fun accessories like a power colored heel or a fun statement necklace.

By Habibata Diallo

Shikamoo! That’s hello in Swahili, but for English it’s just plain Hello. Hey there, I’m Habibata a fashion obsessed teen fashionista and writer. I love to share all my modest fashion tips and style tricks on my blog. It’s honestly fun to write to all of you. I love to read too! Something about books just captures my heart, for some it may be Anime or Sci-fi. For me it’s books, I’d love to hear what you like. I’ve been dragging on for a long time so now it’s time to say Ciao. I upload every Saturday.

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