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Tuesday’s Tips: Decoding Dress Codes June 26, 2012

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Decoding Dress Codes


“A girl should be two things:  classy and fabulous.” CocoChanel.


Who would know better than Coco Chanel?  So, with wedding and summer travel seasons upon us, here are some Coco-style style tips regarding dress codes:


Black Tie – There is no wiggle room here.  Women should wear formal full-length or cocktail dresses and men should wear a tux.  Black or other dark colors are preferred.


Black Tie Optional/Semi-Formal – Elegant long or knee-length dresses should be a lady’s option.  If you choose to wear a short dress, be sure to pick one in rich colors and “dress it up” with special jewelry.  Men should wear either a tux or dark dress suit.


Cocktail – This is your chance to be playful yet tasteful.  Use color or sparkles to add a little “je ne sais quoi,” but be sure to keep it classy.  Dark suits for men.


Beach Formal/Business Casual – Women should wear a light and airy dress and even the right pair of sandals will work.  For men, a linen suit is perfect.


When all else fails, keep in mind “better overdressed than underdressed.”


Finally, as I always tell my daughter, casual doesn’t mean sloppy and formal doesn’t mean slutty.


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