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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    Black Tie Optional

    This is still super formal, so either wear the same attire you would to a black tie affair or wear the fanciest cocktail dress you can find. If you go the cocktail dress route, make sure there are rich details like beading on the frock and that you are strutting your stuff in your favorite stilettos.

    A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz Strapless Cocktail Dress, $390; lordandtaylor.com

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