The Event Dress Code Guide

An invitation arrived in the mail! You rip it open to find that you’re invited to yet another fabulous event. You read it through and realize you have no idea what “white tie attire” or “creative black tie” means. We’re here to help you decode what you each event attire really means! Dress code confusion will now be a thing of the past – this is the ultimate guide to event dress codes.

White Tie

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Faviana style 7753

It doesn’t get more formal than this! Getting invited to a white tie event is when you know you have made it – think Oscars, Met Gala, State Dinner. If it’s white tie attire, it is a very important and fabulous event. This dress code calls for long, formal gowns. Wear dramatic and glamorous make-up and jewelry – these events only come around every so often so go all out.

Try Faviana style 7753 if you’re invited to a white tie event. You will look amazing and be perfectly dressed in this gown that is fit for any gala or red carpet.

Black Tie

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Faviana style 7742

Not as formal as white tie, but a lot more common and still very dressy. If you were invited to a wedding with this on the invitation, it typically means the wedding is an evening event and you should wear a long dress or a fancier cocktail dress in a dark or neutral color.

Faviana style 7742 would be perfect for a black tie event. The geometric mesh illusion gives it a unique twist but the length still makes appropriate for any black tie event. Accessorize with statement gold jewelry to give your look the wow-factor.

Black Tie Optional

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Faviana style 7755

This one can be a bit confusing. It’s slightly less formal than black tie. You can still wear a long dress but it is also more appropriate to wear a cocktail dress than it would be if it were just black tie attire.

Go with Faviana style 7755. Black tie optional gives you the opportunity to have more fun by adding the low V-neck and high leg cutout. Add a pair of statement earrings and you’re set for your event.

Creative Black Tie

This is a fun one! Creative black tie is black tie attire with some flare. Sometimes it means going with the theme of the event. If it’s country themed, add cowboy boots to your dress. If it’s Great Gatsby themed, add some beaded necklaces. If it’s not themed, it just means to have more fun with your look! Show off your unique sense of style while also looking nice for the event by adding fun accessories or a different colored dress.


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Faviana style 7854

Cocktail means you’re ready to party! Go for a short dress in a bright color or a little black dress with fun accessories. Wear heels for the occasion, as well.

We suggest Faviana style 7854 for any cocktail event. This fun and flirty dress will look amazing with a wrist cuff and fun earrings. Not feeling this one? Check out all of Faviana’s cocktail dresses.


faviana event dress code festiveFaviana style 7884

This is basically cocktail attire meant for holiday parties. You can wear a cocktail dress or nice pants or skirt with a shirt. Add a holiday twist with sequins or colors for the holiday season.

Faviana style 7884 was made for this attire! The green sequins and mesh cutout will make you stand out for sure.

Beach Formal

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Faviana style 7649

This probably means a beach wedding. You’ll want to a wear a fun sundress that is appropriate for both the event and the environment. Also, consider open toed shoes that you will be able to walk in the sand in.

Faviana style 7649 would be perfect for this event! The bright color and chiffon material are fun and flowy for the beach. Pair this frock with wedges or flat sandals, whichever you are most comfortable in.

Dressy casual

faviana event dress code dressy casualFaviana style 7857

This one can be confusing as it’s somewhere between cocktail and casual. You should stick to a cocktail dress, a skirt and blouse, or even nice pants and top.

Faviana style 7857 would work great for a dressy casual event. The jersey fabric of the dress doesn’t make it too fancy but it is also a dress with beautiful lace detailing so it isn’t too casual. Keep your jewelry minimal and you’re ready to go!


You’ll probably feel uncomfortable wearing a dress to a casual event. This is the one event you can wear jeans, a t-shirt, and sneakers – you can never go wrong with this classic get up!

We hope we helped you decode that event dress code! Have fun and we know you will look fabulous at whatever event you were just invited to. Don’t forget to follow us on our blog’s Instagram @glamandgowns, and Faviana’s Instagram @Faviana_NY and Twitter @FavianaNY!




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