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What Every Single Dress Code Really Means: A Complete Guide

Oh I never know what to wear…


We’ve all been there—you receive an invitation with a dress code that calls for creative black tie, festive, or cocktail attire for women—and suddenly you’re more confused as to what to wear to the event than if the invitation had said nothing at all. Believe it or not, there are actually specific expectations behind some of the most confusing dress code suggestions.

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With that in mind, we’ve decoded some of the most common dress codes. So whether your office suggests that employees dress in business casual attire, or your receive a wedding invitation that is black tie optional, we have you covered so you’ll know exactly what to wear from here on out.

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Dress-Code_Black-Tie Photo: Getty


This is crystal clear for men—wear a tuxedo. It’s a little more complicated…

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