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The Reader’s Digest Guide to Dressing Properly for Every Occasion

You’ve just been invited to a wedding, party or business event. Here’s a handy guide to help you decide what to wear, depending on the dress code.

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Dress code: White tie

Definition: The most formal dress code, typically reserved for events such as state dinners and the Academy Awards.

  • Women: Wear a formal, floor-length evening gown. Go all out with your most dramatic shoes and jewelry.
  • Men: Wear a tuxedo, a long black jacket with tails, a white collared shirt, a white vest, a white bow tie, and black patent-leather shoes. White or grey gloves are appropriate.
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Dress code: Black tie

Definition: Less dressy than white tie, but still pretty formal, and usually reserved for evening affairs.

  • Women: Wear a floor-length evening gown, a knee-length dress with heels, or your dressiest black dress. Dressy separates, like a knee-length skirt and shell set, also work.
  • Men: Wear a tuxedo, a black bow tie, a black cummerbund or vest, and black patent-leather shoes. In the summer or on a cruise, a white dinner jacket with black tuxedo pants would be appropriate, along with the rest of the black-tie wardrobe.
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Dress code: Creative black tie

Definition: Formal, but with a trendy twist.

  • Women: Skip the modest gown in favour of a more fun, but still formal dress. You can also wear a formal knee-length dress, a satin ball-gown skirt with a cashmere sweater or blouse, or tuxedo pants with a silk top. Your jewelry and accessories should be fun and unique.
  • Men: Wear a tuxedo combined with trendy or whimsical items, such as a black shirt or a coloured or patterned bow tie with a matching cummerbund.
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Dress code: Formal or black tie optional

Definition: Slightly less formal than black tie.

  • Women: Wear a floor-length gown, a knee-length cocktail dress or little black dress with heels, or a dressy suit.
  • Men: Wear a dark suit and tie with dressy leather shoes, or a tuxedo.

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Dress code: Semi-formal

Definition: Somewhere between formal and casual, depending on the time of the event.

  • Women: Wear a knee-length cocktail dress, a little black dress, a dressy skirt and top, or even slacks with a dressy blouse.
  • Men: Wear a suit and tie in a dark or light colour, depending on the season and the time of day, or dress pants with a collared shirt and jacket. Add dressy leather shoes.

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Dress code: Cocktail attire

Definition: Festive and fun, but not formal.

  • Women: Wear a knee-length dress, or even dress pants or a skirt with a nice blouse.
  • Men: Wear a jacket and slacks, with or without a tie. Colours or patterns can be a bit bolder than with semi-formal attire.

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Dress code: Business casual

DefinitionCasual, but work-appropriate.

  • Women: Wear dress pants, a casual dress, or a skirt with a nice blouse. Stay away from spaghetti straps or plunging necklines.
  • Men: Wear khakis or dress pants with a collared shirt and loafers (or loafer-style shoes). You can also add a sport coat or blazer.
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Dress code: Casual

Definition: Anything goes, but stay away from denim jeans, shorts, and tank tops for bigger events (casual weddings included).

  • Women: Wear a sundress, a skirt or pants with a pretty top.
  • Men: Wear khakis with a button-down, a sweater, or a polo shirt.

When it comes to wedding guest outfits, there’s a whole load of rules to follow. Lucky for you, we’ve got you covered with our ultimate guide on what to wear to this season’s weddings. From nailing that beach wedding vibe to how to dress for a city wedding, read our guide and make sure you’re the best turned-out guest this summer!  WHAT TO WEAR TO A BEACH WEDDING

Do wear: a printed maxi dress  A wedding is the perfect time to break out the bold patterns. And if you’ve a beach wedding to attend, then a silky maxi dress and statement accessories make for a great outfit that’ll look super-stylish while keeping you cool in the heat. We adore the dusky pink and red pattern on this H&M satin strappy maxi dress – it’s a really fashionable colour combo. Pair it with a modern mini bag. This season, there are loads of quirky styles and shapes to choose from: sculptural plastic, natural bamboo and straw, and beading to name a few.  Don’t wear: sand and stilettos are a big no-no. Ditch the heels and choose metallic leather flats or low wedge sandals instead. It’ll keep things beach appropriate, while still having that wedding guest wow factor.

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Our picks: satin maxi dress red/patterned, £34.99, H&M; J by Jasper Conran orange straw clutch, £40, Debenhams WHAT TO WEAR TO AN INFORMAL WEDDING

Do wear: a slip skirt and blouse Less dressy do? Then ditch the dress. The ubiquitous slip skirt in slinky satin is EVERYWHERE this season, and it’s an ideal alternative base for your occasionwear outfit. (Plus there’s the added bonus that you can dress it down after the big day for weekend looks too.)  Work a tonal colour vibe and pair this peachy Zara skirt with a fuchsia ruffle sleeve blouse. Trust us, the shades are a match made in matrimonial heaven! The trick is to choose variations of the same hue. Other options? Pastel pink with lilac; or cobalt blue and navy.  Don’t wear: it’s a given, but steer clear of an all-white outfit, even if it’s an informal do and even if you’re opting for a slip skirt over a dress. But don’t veto white accessories. This outfit would look so polished with white backless mules, cool white cat’s eye sunglasses and a white leather clutch.

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Our picks: satin skirt, £25.99, Zara; fuchsia ruffled blouse, £25.99, Zara Want more wedding-appropriate ideas on how to style the slip skirt? Watch our video… WHAT TO WEAR TO A CITY WEDDING

Do wear: a pastel suit Think you can’t wear a two-piece suit to a wedding? Think again! If you’ve got a city wedding in the diary then embrace this season’s trend for pretty pastel tailoring. It’s super chic, shows you’re in-the-know when it comes to the latest fashion trends – plus it’s ideal if you don’t fancy getting your legs out… The Reiss pale aqua suit is simply tailored and stunning. And that minty shade! It’s perfect for watching your friends say ‘I do’ in the sunshine. Take your skin tone into account when eyeing up pastel hues. We recommend grabbing a friend for a handy opinion and heading into The Oracle, so you can see what shade suits.  Don’t wear: avoid any shoes that cover your ankle; it’s all about showing a little skin to balance the suit. This look needs a few styling tricks to make it wedding friendly. Add a narrow roll-up on the trousers and choose barely-there strappy sandals. Ruche up the blazer sleeves (or go up one size for a slouchier feel).

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Our picks: Evie tailored aqua blazer, £240, and trousers, £130, Reiss WHAT TO WEAR TO A SUMMER WEDDING

Do wear: sleeveless jumpsuit Jumpsuits are where it’s at – and that’s true for wedding season, too. Combining the comfort of a dress and the sophistication of tailored trousers, this seasonal must-have is a great summer occasionwear option. Pick a sleeveless style so you can go big on statement jewellery (earrings or necklace, not both). Vibrant shades are back on-trend, and this red jumpsuit from Zara is perfect. It’s barely-there spaghetti straps are ideal if the weather is hot, hot, hot. When it comes to shoes, go bold or go home with a pair of animal print sandals – not forgetting the easy-to-stand-around-in block heel.  Don’t wear: while we’re all for flats and jumpsuits for a relaxed weekend look, leave the sandals at home this time. It’ll sabotage the silhouetted look the jumpsuit gives you.

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Our picks: red pleated jumpsuit with straps, £49.99, Zara; Moni leopard mid block-heel sandals, £45, Dune WHAT TO WEAR TO AN EVENING WEDDING RECEPTION

Do wear: a cocktail dress To nail the perfect cocktail attire for an evening do, the key rule to bear in mind when shopping is to keep it sleek, tailored and distinguished – think Audrey Hepburn! Versatile navy is the way to go, and it’s also important to ensure the hemlines and necklines aren’t too risqué. We can’t stop thinking about this navy Debenhams asymmetric cocktail dress with tulle detailing. Make sure you try the dress on in-store so it fits you like a glove. Finish off your look with a pair of (smoking hot) red heels. Bonus points if you match that red hue to your lip colour… Don’t wear: if you’re unsure of the bride’s requests, steer clear of jet-black dresses. Save the LBD for other events. For this look, less is more so keep the accessories to the bare minimum to really let the dress and red heels shine.

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Our picks: Richard Quinn navy one shoulder polka dot dress, £160, Debenhams; Erika red courts, £159, Hobbs PERSONAL STYLING AT THE ORACLE

Want some expert advice on your wedding guest outfit? Head to The Oracle and take advantage of our personal shopping services. You can book an appointment with the personal stylists at Debenhams. They’ll ask about your style, talk you through all the latest looks and new-in pieces, then pull together a fabulous selection of special occasion looks for you to try on.  To book an appointment, visit the website.  Next up, the ultimate wedding suit and how to wear it

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