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What to Wear For Every Type of Fancy Occasion

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Getting invited to any type of fancy event is exciting – but along with the invite comes a dress code, one that’s often tricky to decode. Black tie? Semi-formal? What do they event mean? Luckily, we’re breaking down what to wear for any and every occasion you could possibly get invited to, so no sweat – all you have to worry about is having fun!

Wedding

Spring or Summer:

Summer Wedding

 

ASOS ruffle dress
$82 - asos.com

Liliana heeled sandals
charlotterusse.com

While dress codes for weddings can range depending on the venue and the time of day, when in doubt, it’s always best to err on the side of being a little too dressed up, rather than not dressed up enough. The one thing to watch out for? White is always off limits. A dress that’s on the longer side in a floaty, sheer fabric ensures you’ll strike the perfect balance between semi-formal and black tie in case you’re unsure of the dress code – and the peach color is perfectly spring and summer wedding-ready.

Pair the look with metallic lace-up sandals with a chunky heel – meaning you’ll avoid sinking into the grass in case of an outdoor venue. Add an edge with a pearl choker and a bucket bag, which is a more unexpected choice than a simple clutch.

Fall or Winter:

Winter Wedding

 

ALDO black pumps
$105 - asos.com

From St Xavier sequin purse
$97 - revolve.com

BaubleBar drop earrings
saksoff5th.com

 

For a winter wedding, the same rules apply, but you can definitely open your options to darker colors: think deep plums, reds or even a navy hue. Even if it’s a daytime wedding, you can also get away with a little more ~bling~ when it comes to your accessories – and closed-toed shoes are a must, whether you pick pumps or flats.

Cocktail or Semi-Formal

Semi-Formal/Cocktail

 

Topshop dress
$84 - topshop.com

Eye Candy ear cuff
nordstromrack.com

Greenwald
aldoshoes.com

 

Cocktail or semi-formal events are the perfect opportunity to lean a little more on the trendy side with your look. An asymmetrical LBD that you’ll want to wear again and again is the perfect pick. Add a pop of powder pink with fun, feathery heels. For jewelry, it doesn’t get more edgy and on-trend than a statement ear cuff, but a classic chain crossbody is simple enough to keep things from looking too busy.

Sorority or Fraternity Formal

Sorority or Fraternity Formal

 

ASOS chain headwrap
$12 - asos.com

Fall From Heaven
fameandpartners.com

 

Any event with “formal” in the name is the perfect opportunity to go all-out with a red carpet-ready ensemble – and there’s nothing more glammed-up than a red gown with sexy cutouts. Since they won’t be seen, simple nude pumps (that you might already have in your closet) are ideal here. Add to the wow factor with a metallic clutch and eye-catching chain headband.

Work or Internship Event

Work or Internship Event

 

Elliatt dress
renttherunway.com

Miss selfridge shoes
$58 - asos.com

Topshop daypack bag
$38 - topshop.com

 

While you still have to keep it office-appropriate, work events or drinks with coworkers will likely allow you to have a little more fun with your outfit. A blazer-inspired wrap dress is the perfect way to keep it classy, but with an edge. These mid-heeled mules are conservative enough for work, but let’s be honest – they’re chic enough that you’ll be wanting to rock them on your days off too. Upgrade your on-campus backpack with a chicer, smaller version that nails the minimalist vibes of the rest of your outfit.

Fancy events and formals don’t have to involve a what-to-wear crisis. Whether it’s a wedding or a work event, you won’t have to sweat the style stuff the next time you score an invite to a big event.


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