With so many choice in stores and online and different dress codes here is a guide to deciphering the celebrity dress code, so you fit in and look fabulous no matter what!
For office Christmas gatherings, cocktail parties and anything less formal than ‘Black Tie’, a cocktail dress is perfect.
The LBD (little black dress) is the classic Christmas outfit, although over recent years the LCD (little colored dress) has increased in popularity; helping to bring a sparkle to the dance floor. Festive colors such as red, bronze or green are just right! Check out Karina Smirnoff’s recent look that is shimmery and sultry in one!
For semi-formal events, dresses are normally knee length or cut just above or below the knee. Often elaborately decorated with touches of glitter or sequins, these cocktail dresses look fabulous paired with strappy sandals or low boots. Jewelry should be elegant and stylish – cocktail rings from the Pearl and Butler ring jewelery collection look perfect with these outfits.
For these informal gatherings, if you’re not a ‘dress’ kind of girl, you will normally get away with wearing a pair of leggings or pants (women’s tux trousers are fab!) and a sparkly top or blouse.
If you’re taking a date he will be required to wear a smart, tailored look with a long-sleeved white shirt, most likely slacks or nice denim & dress shoes with matching socks. If you’re unsure about a tie, get him to tuck one into his pocket, just in case!
Black Tie Wear
For women, black tie normally means an ankle-length (or longer) gown for truly glitzy, glamorous events. These gowns are traditionally dark in color, although recent fashions are for lighter, brighter shades. Choose a dress made of velvet or satin, perhaps embellished with pearls, crystals or sequins.
Cameron Diaz shows this look off perfectly on the red carpet, her presence is relaxed, fitted and all around sexy. To round off the look perfectly, medium to high heels look fabulous with these long dresses and will give you an elegant, chic silhouette. Jewelry can be as dressy as you like! Diamonds or diamante, precious or semi-precious stones, pearls and dressy gold or silver jewelry all look great with these fabulous dresses.
For your plus one, choose a stylish black tuxedo worn with a formal white dress shirt, a cummerbund and a matching bow tie together with shiny black patent shoes.
Other Formal Dress Codes
‘Black Tie Optional’: women are permitted to wear a short cocktail dress, a long evening gown or a posh two-piece. For men, either a full tux or a smart, dark suit is perfect.
‘Creative Black Tie’ requires you to create your own look! A long or short dress or a glitzy two piece for you; and a tuxedo and shirt (no tie) for your date.
‘Formal Wear’: if your invitation states formal wear, women must still follow the code for black tie. For your plus one, a tuxedo with either a black or white shirt, and no tie will suffice. Alex Lombard shows off a creative yet formal form-fitted dress on the red carpet!
Turning up to a party over-dressed or, worse, under-dressed can leave you feeling out of place and uncomfortable. Always read the party invitation carefully it will usually stipulate the dress code and will give you an idea of the type of outfit to wear. If no dress code is specified, don’t be shy to give the host/hostess a call to clarify.
This guest post has been written by Zoe on behalf of Pearl & Butler. Got your party ensemble for the festive season sorted? Let us know in the comments what you’ll be wearing this winter!