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.