Can someone out there please educate me?

If you’ve been invited to an event, a wedding, a bar mitzvah, an anniversary party, etc.. (and odds are you have), you have received an invite. And on the invite there is usually a dress code. So, that being said, you should have a clear picture of what to wear – I mean it’s written (or embossed) in front of you. Right? Wrong, because it never makes sense. Ever.  Here’s what I mean – Black-tie optional  – Really, what’s the optional all about? I never want to be under-dressed so I tend to land on the dressier side of things, but then I never want to be over-dressed either… Can’t someone just tell me what they want?

Dressy casual – Oxymoron if I’ve ever seen one. Hello? Aren’t dressy and casual two totally different things?

Country club attire – What is this the 1950”s? I picture white gloves and shift dresses

And my favorite, the invite said “Night Club Fabulous” – I haven’t been to a nightclub since I had kids. I don’t know about anyone else.

It would be great if someone could create a little handbook, a glossary so to speak, with the terms and little pictures of appropriate clothing next to them to help take all the guess-work out of this. Hallie, are you listening?

Actually, maybe Hallie can help (how about that for an idea?)

Post what befuddles you here and Hallie will answer our questions later in the week.


Cleveland-based personal stylist and fashion blogger.

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