Whether you're the invitation sendee or the invitation receivee, how to dress for a party is an age old question.
If you are sendee, how do you visualize your guests as you circulate through your party? Use your imagination to determine the feel of your party, then inform all your guests on the invitation with the appropriate Dress Code descriptions below. Do you envision strict black-tie, black-tie optional, festive attire, casual holiday attire, dress to impress, or anything but blue jeans.
Sometimes the location of your holiday event will help determine dress code, but be specific so your guests will arrive appropriately attired.
If you are the invitation receivee, what the heck does Cocktail Casual mean? Or maybe your invitation said Texas Chic. We've complied a list of the favorite requested attire on party invitations we have printed and then cracked their code for receivees to understand.
When in doubt, dress up. Who doesn't want to look better than the rest of the party competition? If you're overdressed, you can always say you are on your way to another party.
It is also fine to ask the host or other guests what is appropriate and acceptable for the event. Find something you're comfortable in - are you going to be eating, drinking, dancing? Women, don't wear something you can't sit down in whether it's a too tight ball gown or a too short mini, be comfortable! If you're comfortable, you're going to feel great!
Read these links for information on specific dress codes: