The First step:
The first step in dressing for a formal affair is to consider the nature of the event.Its really important to choose a suitable evening dress considering the event and your body type.
Black tie, black tie optional, creative black tie, cocktail, and white tie are all common formal wear “dress codes” that carry with them a unique set of spoken and unspoken rules and expectations. We know that there’s nothing quite as frustrating as seconding guessing what “black tie optional,” “dressy casual” and “cocktail attire” really means, so we’ve done a little bit of hard research to uncover the facts. To kick off our How to Wear Evening Dresses guide, we’ll quickly delve into the true meaning of each of these standards.
The epitome of a formal event. Formal, floor-length evening dresses are the standard; however, you can get away with a cocktail dress if it’s extra snazzy.
Black Tie Optional
Pretty much the murkiest of dress codes, ‘black tie optional’ can be extremely tricky. Because the dress code for men is more open, women have more freedom as well. While most opt for a formal evening dress no heads would be turned if you choose to wear a cocktail dress or LBD.
Creative Black Tie
As a rule of thumb, think of it as ‘black tie optional’ but with a smidge of playfulness thrown in. While the other black tie events are generally thought to be more conservative, creative black tie is all about the trends. There can also be themes attached to the event, such as ‘1920s’ Black Tie or ‘Christmas Black Tie.’so you choose your evening dress considering theme for the event.
A relatively easy one to interpret, short but sophisticated evening dresses are the way to go for cocktail events.
The most extravagant of all the dress codes. Think Met Gala and Academy Awards Red Carpet. Nothing short of a floor-length evening dress is acceptable, while elbow-length gloves are optional but highly encouraged.