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’.
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.
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.
- Keep it classy: If you’re going short, don’t go tight or low cut.
- 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.
- Dress for your shape! If you have a tiny waist, go for an A-line fit. Avoid mermaid shapes if you are bottom heavy.
- 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.