Dress Codes De-Coded

I wonder if the Cinderella's invitation to the ball came with a dress code? If so, I would bet my bottom dollar that she turned to her fairy godmother, confused as hell, asking : 'what does white tie mean?' ''

Today I'm playing your fairy godmother and de-coding those bizarre-sounding dress codes we dread seeing on invitations. And who says you need to have a movie stars budget to look like one? Sherry London provides a (Princess) Aurora of affordable luxe dresses, all under $100. Here at 'The Daily Luxe', I always say: 'you don't actually need a million dollars to look like a million bucks'.


White Tie
To be honest, I never even knew this formality existed! Saved for incredibly formal balls and red carpet events, the white tie event calls for a luxurious full-length gown. Dress like your going to a more conservative version of the met gala and you're onto a winner! Opt for classic shapes and classy cuts over more fashion-forward options.
http://www.sherrylondon.co.uk/floorlength-natural-zipper-shoulder-straps-chiffon-evening-dresses-p-9623.html 

http://www.sherrylondon.co.uk/aline-yarn-bateau-short-sleeve-floorlength-evening-dresses-p-9969.html



Black Tie
Now is the time to flaunt your favorite fashion-forward full-length beauty. For black tie occassions, keep the length full and embrace embellished details to the max.
http://www.sherrylondon.co.uk/vneck-floorlength-cap-sleeves-zipper-aline-evening-dresses-p-10089.html
http://www.sherrylondon.co.uk/chiffon-one-shoulder-zipper-natural-aline-evening-dresses-p-9388.html 

 Cocktail
It's time to get out that knee length dress, the cocktail formality is all about that classy-sexiness. If you are opting for a full-length dress, go for a bodycon fit. The more embellished, the better.

http://www.sherrylondon.co.uk/sleeveless-satin-zipper-high-neck-natural-cocktail-dresses-p-13746.html 


Smart-Casual
This oxymoronic dress code has to be the most confusing of them all. Stick to a knee-length dress or skirt and top combo that has more of an 'office' vibe to it. Lay off the embellishments for this one, unless you want to look like the walking disco ball in the room.
http://www.sherrylondon.co.uk/polyester-kneelength-natural-halter-none-cocktail-dresses-p-13919.html 

Fairy Godmother's Tips
  1. Keep it classy: If you're going short, don't go tight or low cut.
  2. Sometimes less is more. Although it can be tempting to don a dress with ruffles, bows, sequins and the whole whammy; it will look tacky. Look for pieces with only one or two embellishing features.
  3. Dress for your shape! If you have a tiny waist, go for an A-line fit. Avoid mermaid shapes if you are bottom heavy.
  4. If you are stuck on what to wear for a cocktail party or smart/casual event, a little black dress is always a fail safe option! Add statement jewellery to dress it up for the former.

Hope you guys found this useful!

Rachel 
xoxo

This post was sponsored by Sherry London



70 comments:

  1. I love your break down of the dress codes, I think people find it more difficult when they're asked to wear smart, casual! I think you've nailed each code down to a TEE Rach <3 :) Absolutely love the idea of a body con, black dress up to the knee for a smart / casual look :) Always love reading your outfit inspiration posts <3 :)

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  2. I love the cocktail style because it looks the most simple to me lol However, the Great-Gasy, 1920 style looks fun too!

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  3. It's hard to know the difference between white tie and black tie isn't it! Although I think the trickiest one to get right is smart casual ;-)

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  4. It's hard to know the difference between white tie and black tie isn't it! Although I think the trickiest one to get right is smart casual ;-)

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  6. These dresses are all so fun and beautiful!
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  7. Thank you so much for sharing. These are really helpful.

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  8. Great tips here. I always wondered what to wear for white tie weddings! X

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  9. I want all the dresses. Thanks for the de-coding.

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  10. Cute dresses!
    Dora
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  11. It is so important to know the differences. Great post!
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  13. fabulous selection, these dresses are a dream
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  14. Ahh I LOVED this post! I will definitely be saving it under favorites on my computer for quick reference when I have a fancy event to attend! Also, love all the dresses you picked too!
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  15. Lovely dresses for the great price!! Thanks for sharing. Xoxo

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  16. Gorgeous selection of pretty dresses, thanks for sharing!

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  17. Beautiful dresses!! Sooo gorgeous <3
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  18. Incredible post! I love all the dresses, adore the black lace cocktail one!

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  19. Dressing for your shape and knowing what works for you is always good advice --every trend is not for everyone.We recently went to a black tie affair for my bf work and it was very different than the usual.
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  20. Who cares about the occasion right? Dress to your hearts desire is what my mother always tells me. You only live once! We sometimes get dressed up just to go to the supermarket :p

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  21. Really interesting thoughts and selection, thanks for sharing!

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  22. VerY great selection I love all type :)
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  23. All these dresses are so gorgeous! This definitely would have come in handy when I had that black tie wedding a few weeks ago!

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  24. Great post, sometimes dress codes can be so confusing
    xo
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  25. I like your motto! You really don't have to spend a lot of money to look good. There is an affordable way to do it. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  26. I LOVE that last smart casual dress! I cant believe all of these are less than 100 dollars!

    xx Chelsea
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  27. Whenever I get an invite with a dress code I kind of just panic a bit. hah. I never know what to wear and then I get all of this pressure going where I'm searching for something that fits for a certain event. It's such a pain!

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  28. wow great post

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  29. fun dresses! I love that red dress! such a statement!
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  30. Incredible ideas!! Love the title of the post!!

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  31. wonderful selection of classy dresses....and I agree with your tips:)

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  32. I saw SO many gorgeous dresses. I need my friends to get married asap so I can dress up. And I agree, dress codes can often be very confusing!

    x- Naomi in Wonderland

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  33. Great post, very useful and interesting!
    Very nice tips and beautiful dresses!
    xxx
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  34. All these dresses are so adorable, I want them all !!!!

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  35. Great post! Hope you have a lovely day.

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  36. These are all such wonderful looks. I just love a dress. But the one I absolutely love has to be the blue lace dress. It's short but perfect for cocktail or a great party.

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  37. I am so looking forward to any future excuses to wear full-length formal dresses, there're so many drop dead beautiful options around and I've become desperate for ANY reason to wear one haha! I love your Fairy Godmother tips by the way (so cute), particularly of keeping things classy :)

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  38. Although I have to admit that it doesn't look like I will get in the next time such an invitation I like the dresses you have chosen :)
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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  39. This post was very informative! Thanks you for sharing, darling!

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  40. I didn't know too that white tie existed)
    Great post!

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  41. This is so informative! Love the cocktail dresses :)

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  42. Gorgeous!!! I love the all the colors!!!

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  43. Lovely selection of dresses.
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  44. This is such a wonderful post! I love these inspirations!

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  45. these dresses look incredibly fabulous, can't believe they're so affordable
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  46. these dresses look incredibly fabulous, can't believe they're so affordable
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  47. Great looks!
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  48. this is amazing!
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  49. Amazing dresses :)

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  50. I didn't know that white tie and black tie not until I read this.
    Thanks for sharing dear
    Very informative :)
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  51. Such gorgeous dresses
    xxx

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  52. This is such a fab post, sometimes I have no idea what I should be wearing so this is perfect :)

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  53. I have never heard of White Tie so that was interesting. Cocktail is my fave dress code :D

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  54. This really helps as I thought white tie was dressing in white I am that awful and uneducated hahah so thanks hun! xxx

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  55. All of those Sherry London dresses are beautiful and the prices are very reasonable! I can't imagine the males at white or black tie events getting much attention in their penguin attire what with how pretty the dresses are. My favourites pictured above are the cocktail dress code dresses from Sherry London. They're gorgeous!

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  59. Nice dresses, I have two weddings this September, these might be a sort of starting point in choosing the perfect dresses for the occasions.

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