Style guide cheat sheet: How to dress semi-formal
Headed to a gala? Or maybe a wedding? Keep your look semi-formal. Not sure what that means? The style guide below will help you ace the dress code.
If an invitation calls for semi-formal, that means you must get dressed up. But, not too dressed up. If you're not quite sure what that entails, follow our dos and don'ts below to grasp the semi-formal dress code.
Do wear a cocktail dress
When in doubt, always slip into a cocktail dress for a semi-formal event. Try one in a fun color or printed pattern to really stand out.
Do wear heels
If you're comfortable enough in heels, wear them. You'll look instantly more put together and dressy. Plus, the right pair will elongate your legs — which is a dream when you're wearing that knee-length cocktail dress.
Don't wear a ball gown
A nice dress? Yes. A ball gown? No. You don't want to appear over-the-top fancy. Keep it sophisticated, yet subtle.
Don't carry a tote
If you're headed to a nicer event, leave your everyday work bag at home. Something larger and clunky seems casual, while a clutch looks much dressier.