What Kind Of Party Is It?In general there are 2 dress codes for formal parties: "White Tie," and "Black Tie."
White Tie Parties & Formal DressesWhite tie parties are occasions such as formal dinners, state banquets, ballroom parties, nights at the opera, and ballet, etc. When you're invited to a party with a 'white tie' dress code, you need to think 'elegant' when it comes to formal dresses! It's an evening dress code, so you'll be attending this party after 6pm.
- Elegant styles only.
- Long skirts are needed.
- Many colors are appropriate, but you could vary them depending on the season.
- Modest style (avoid very low cut necklines).
- Ball gowns are a good choice.
- White long gloves & scarf or shawl make good accessories.
- Match your bag with the color of your formal dress.
This elegant one-shoulder gown would look so great at a formal party:
This glittering sequin gown below is a great formal dress option, as it's elegant, and modest as well as being striking!
Black Tie Parties & Formal DressesBlack tie parties are still formal, but less so than the very formal white tie. You definitely have more options in terms of formal dresses, as you can choose to wear either an evening gown, or cocktail dress.
- Shorter skirts are acceptable, but long skirts are the most formal and safest option.
- Strapless formal dresses are currently popular.
- Once again, you can choose from almost any color.
- A little black dress would be a good choice for an evening drinks party.
- Sparkly necklace, earrings, or bracelet would work well.
You have a little more freedom to go for a more risque style like this slinky gown:
Finally, how about choosing a unique asymmetric skirt, which is both high and low: