Trying to understand formal dress codes is difficult enough, but even the less-formal modes of dress come with standards and expectations. It’s enough to leave you standing in your closet paralyzed with indecision. The worst-case scenario is that you arrive at the venue dressed out of sync with everyone else. That can send the wrong message and leave you feeling self-conscious. There are almost as many different wardrobe requirements as there are types of events. What you wear to a wedding may not necessarily be appropriate for a garden party or business lunch. It is possible, however, to get a handle on all of these dress codes, with a little basic knowledge.
If you don’t know the difference between “black tie” and “white tie” beyond the color of the ties, take a look at the accompanying checklist. It contains numerous dress code tips to help you feel more confident about your choices.