Dress Codes Decoded: How to Look Killer for Every Occasion

It's almost spring (who's counting the days?!) and the fancy invites and Paperless Post emails will soon be flooding your mailboxes. As much as you're looking forward to the weddings and soirées, the fine print is another story entirely. Never fear, we've broken down the most common dress codes for event-going newbies so you can party in the right style.

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March 5, 2014 5:00 PM
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Sorry ladies, there's really no wiggle room on this one: A fancy floor-length gown is the key to acing this dress code. Opt for luxe fabrics like lace, silk, and chiffon and wear your prettiest jewels to match.

Ivanka Trump Strapless Sheer Overlay Gown, $209; lordandtaylor.com