Dress Codes, Decoded

Parties are back and whether you’re invited to a wedding or other special soiree, you’re likely going to be asked to wear a variety of different dress codes. With every invite we receive in the mail, it seems like a new dress code is being made up and you’ll probably ask yourself, “what does this dress code even mean?!” That’s why we’re here to help you decode dress codes. It’s time to take the guesswork out of the dressing game so you can focus on feeling your best at any and every event this year. 


Now before we dive in and explain what every dress code means, let’s go over a few do’s and don’ts to find the perfect outfit to fit any dress code. 


  • DO: Research the venue. This can be a helpful guide in determining what to wear. 
  • DO: Ask other attendees what they’re wearing. 
  • DO: If you’re attending a wedding, find out what the bridesmaids colors are. You never want to look like you’re a part of the wedding party, unless you were asked to be of course.

  • DON’T: Underdress for the occasion. It’s always better to be overdressed. Plus, who doesn’t love standing out every once and a while?!
  • DON’T: Wear heels that you can’t be in for multiple hours. There’s nothing worse than having to sit out dancing because your feet can’t handle the heat!
  • DON’T: Wear white if you’re looking for wedding attire. Unless the invitation specifies that it’s an all-white outfit affair. In that case, you’ll want to shop our alternative bride section! 


Formal Attire


Or Black-Tie Attire

This is the most common dress code. At the most general level, this means a dress code that is slightly less formal than black-tie. You can wear a floor-length gown, a dressy jumpsuit or a fancy cocktail dress. The real difference between Formal and Black-Tie is that it’s more appropriate to show off your ankles when an invitation calls for Formal attire. 

STEVIE

Dusty Purple Sequin Lace Sheath Dress

$90 | Available in Regular & Plus


This elegant knee length sheath dress is designed with a vintage style reminiscent of 1950s Hollywood.

Stevie’s stretch sequin scalloped lace glides over the body. And long chiffon sleeves provide subtle coverage while the side slits create dramatic flair and movement. Stevie is the glitzy knee length sheath dress that’ll elevate any special occasion. It’s an iconic party dress that’ll have you feeling like a confident and glamorous Elizabeth Taylor by the end of the evening.

JENNIFER

CAxLZ Antique Gold Sequin Jumpsuit

$95 | Available in Regular, Petie & Plus


Every woman desires to have their own star style moment, and that is exactly what Jennifer will do for you. 

A modern twist on old Hollywood glamour, this antique gold sequin jumpsuit was designed to celebrate women of all shapes and glorious sizes. From the ruched waist band to the surplus bodice, this sequin jumpsuit beautifully accentuates your figure. Plus, the wide leg pants will have you feeling as if you’re floating into a room where heads will most definitely turn. With the Jennifer Antique Gold Sequin Jumpsuit, you’re stepping into dazzling style and luxurious comfort. 

LISA

Red Sequin Lace Sleeveless Long Dress

$95 | Available in Regular & Plus


Our staple Lisa dress but in a bold red floor-length long dress.

This long dress Lisa features a scoop neck that highlights your collarbone and a faux wrap detail at the waist creates definition for a classic, figure-flattering silhouette. A tulip hem adds an extra feminine touch as well as the comfort you need to command the room. With a pull-on design, the sleeveless dress makes a formal look easy to wear and works for a variety of social occasions.


Black-Tie

When you see the words “Black-Tie” on an invitation, you should automatically assume the event is in the evening and that you’re expected to wear a formal floor length gown. The rule of thumb here is that your dress should not reveal your ankles. But, after doing some research on the venue, it may be appropriate to wear a cocktail dress for a black-tie event. You can also wear an elegant jumpsuit to a plack tie wedding. Whatever option you choose, make sure to accessorize with sparkly, eye-catching jewelry.

GRACE

Navy Sequin Lace Dress

$95 | Available in Regular & Plus


Grace is sexy, elegant, classic, and sparkly. 

This form-fitting floor-length dress is made of stretch sequin lace and features a plunging sweetheart neckline with boning and a padded bust. Grace holds you in at all the right places without making you feel constricted. Note the matching sequin lace cap sleeves and sexy side slit. You're sure to turn heads at your next special occasion.

SUNNY

Royal Metallic Knit Long Dress

$95 | Available in Regular


Sunny is sophisticated and flirty.

This eyelash metallic long dress is fully lined and features side ruching to complement your natural figure. Sunny's V-neck chiffon flounce creates dimension and adds an extra touch of femininity. This floor-length long dress is a great style solution for your next wedding or other formal event.

SARA 2.0

Floor Length Dress

$95 | Available in Regular & Plus


Meet Sara 2.0 - the dress version of our classic Sara jumpsuit.

A chiffon crossbody ruffle adds dimension and movement, taking the sophistication and chicness level up a notch. Don't miss the side slit for that extra touch of sexiness we all want. With the perfect pair of heels, dangling earrings and an evening clutch, you'll be all set to head out to your next special event.


Cocktail Attire

This is the second most popular dress code choice. We like to think of cocktail attire as being a balance between chic and comfortable; more formal than a day party but more casual than a formal evening event. Instead of a floor-length dress, opt for tea-length, knee-length or midi dresses. But, if you want to wear a maxi dress or jumpsuit, don’t let us deter you! Just be mindful of how dressy it is. 

LENNY

CAxLZ Antique Gold Sequin Dress with Chiffon Overlay

$95 | Available in Regular, Petite & Plus


You’ll love Lenny just as much as your little black dress. 

The classic a-line cut is flattering for every figure and the built-in pockets transform this timeless piece into a modern staple. With a chiffon overlay that makes a confident style statement, this versatile sequin dress not only gives you arm coverage but also adds an extra touch of elegance. Plus, you can wear the chiffon overlay with a variety of pieces in your wardrobe to make Lenny a true fashion score. You’ll find yourself dressing this gold sequin and chiffon dress up and down year-round. Move over LBD, it’s Lenny’s time to shine! 

GRACIE

Light Purple Sequin Lace Bodycon Dress

$85 | Available in Regular


The Gracie sequin lace bodycon dress is classic, feminine, sparkly and cut to a sexy, yet comfortable knee length. 

This short sleeve bodycon dress is made from stretch sequin lace and features a plunging sweetheart neckline with comfortable shape-defining boning and a slightly padded bust. Gracie holds you in at all the right places without making you feel constricted, so you can feel equally as comfortable as you look stunning. In the Gracie bodycon dress you’ll be sure to turn heads at your next special occasion.

LISA

Black Eyelash Metallic Knit Dress

$56 on Sale | Available in Regular, Petite & Plus


Lisa is our tried-and-true silhouette.

A dress that looks amazing on women of all shapes and sizes, the faux wrap detail at the waist creates definition for a classic, figure-flattering silhouette. With a bodice made from stretch eyelash metallic knit, you'll shine the moment you walk into the room. This particular version of Lisa is a great choice for any special occasion.


Cocktail Formal

Now this dress code may seem like the hosts couldn’t decide on the party attire so they just made something up. But, we’re here to assure you that cocktail formal is a real dress code and you may find yourself in need of an outfit soon. The easiest way to describe this dresscode is that you’re expected to dress up your cocktail dress. Think little black dress or jumpsuit with sparkly accessories or colorful, vibrant dress with an up-do. 

UPTOWN

Flax Foil Printed Jumpsuit

$95 | Available in Regular, Petite & Plus


Uptown is the ultimate special occasion jumpsuit. 

Made from stretch jersey knit, this foiled metallic jumpsuit is chic, sophisticated, and comfortable. Featuring a draped cowl neck and tie at the waist, Uptown's wide legs elongate the body while the tie at the waist accentuates your figure.

LISA 2.0

Black Faux Wrap Dress

$80 | Available in Regular, Petite & Plus


Our tried-and-true silhouette with an updated flair: a flounce sleeve!

Lisa 2.0 is that dress you'll reach for time and again when you want to look polished, but not overdone. This dress features a faux wrap detail at the waist to create definition for a figure-flattering silhouette. The matching flounce creates the sophisticated look you desire for a work to play look.

SHERYL

Long Sleeve Black Jumpsuit

$95 | Available in Regular, Petite & Plus


Sheryl is a classic, chic and comfortable little black jumpsuit with an updated flair.

Long, chiffon sleeves are gathered at the wrist to create a blouson sleeve that’s comfortable and easy to move in. Wear the gold chain belt when you want to add an extra bit of waist definition or take the belt off for an elongated one-piece silhouette. Note the ruching at the shoulders on this sexy black jumpsuit for an added touch of femininity. 


Semi Formal


Or Dressy Casual

The best way to describe a semi-formal or dressy casual dress code is that it’s more formal than what you’d wear to the office, but slightly less formal than what you would wear to a cocktail party. Note the time of day for the event. If it’s in the evening, wear darker, more formal colors. If it’s a daytime event, wear light colors and fabrics. 

GLORIA

Cold Shoulder Jumpsuit

$95 | Available in Regular, Petite & Plus


Featuring cold shoulder chiffon sleeves and an in-set waist line, Gloria is everything you want in a jumpsuit.

Gloria is made from stretch crepe scuba which glides over the body making it the ideal choice for dancing, walking, sitting...you name it. Wear this jumpsuit for an evening out or to a special event.

CANDICE

Coral Sleeveless Chiffon Overlay Dress

$95 | Available in Regular & Plus


When you slip on Candice, you’ll feel instantly elegant and comfortable.

This classic sheath dress is instantly elevated by the floral print chiffon overlay. Made to be feminine and figure flattering, the chiffon overlay dress features a slit v-neckline, hi-low hem and side slits to add dimension. When you’re wearing Candice, you’ll glide through every event you attend this Summer! 

 

Pair the sleeveless chiffon overlay dress with heels and a cardigan or shrug for weddings, or dress it down for a lunch with the girls.

KRISTA

Floral Print Maxi Dress

$85 | Available in Regular


This floor-length number can be dressed up or down and worn day or night.

Made from stretch mesh, the contrast between vibrant hues and black in this floral print makes Krista a floral maxi dress you can wear from one season to the next. A fitted, wrap bodice with a tie at your waist accentuates your figure, while the full skirt allows you to move freely and comfortably from place to place. From date night to weddings, Krista is a must-have in your closet.


Casual Attire

This means the event will be laid-back, especially when it comes to attire. If your wedding invite calls for casual attire, it likely means the wedding will be outdoors on the beach. Even though the dress code is casual, jeans, shorts and tank tops are nor appropriate unless specifically noted as acceptable. Opt for sundresses, light fabrics and comfortable silhouettes. This is also a great opportunity to wear a cropped jumpsuit. 

ERIKA

Short Sleeve Mauve Floral Midi Dress

$85 | Available in Regular, Petite & Plus


Feel comfortable and confident in the simple, yet figure flattering Erika floral midi dress.

The Erika silhouette captures the eye with understated details like ruched extended short sleeves and a square neckline that highlights the elegance of a woman’s collarbones. Erika is a simple sheath silhouette made of lightweight knit fabric that makes this midi dress both versatile and essential. It’s easy to get lost in the styles and outfits you’ll create in Erika season after season. 

JULIETTE

Tiered Drop Waist Floral Mixi Dress

$75 | Available in Regular


Juliette is a modern twist on the classic drop waist mixi dress.

Two panels are delicately sewn together to create an A-line skirt that hits right below your hip to elongate your torso, while the tank bodice is fitted to complement your figure. Made from floral printed mesh, Juliette is fully lined. Pair this mixi dress with a denim jacket for your next casual evening with the girls or a pair of heels and a shrug for a special outing.

SASHA

Light Purple Floral Knee Length Dress

$85 | Available in Regular & Plus


Classic meets contemporary in this stunning floral knee length dress.

Sasha combines a striking light purple floral print with fashion-forward chiffon raglan sleeves. With the unique open hem styling, Sasha’s sleeves are eye catching and give you just the right amount of arm coverage. You’ll find yourself reaching for this knee length dress for daytime events and fancy luncheons.  


Festive Attire

While this is a relatively new dress code, it’s most popular around the holidays. But no matter the time of year, festive attire gives guests the go-ahead to have fun and play with their look. Think cocktail attire or a party dress in bold colors. Whatever dress or jumpsuit you choose, pair your outfit with playful accessories and heels. 

KYM

CAxLZ Silver Fit and Flare Sequin Dress

$85 | Available in Regular, Petite & Plus


Kym was designed with what women truly want in mind.

This flattering fit and flare dress features an extended sleeve to give you arm coverage and a silhouette that accentuates your waist. The silver sequin dress also offers two pockets, which are LZ’s special way of saying, “I’ve got you!” Kym is your dress for every occasion, especially those times when you think you have nothing to wear. Slip this sequined silver fit and flare dress on and you’ll feel like you just revealed a style secret. Pair it with a denim jacket for a fun, fresh, and casual look, or elevate it for an evening out with a classic pair of pumps. This go-to silver sequin dress always has your back.

STEVIE

Red Sequin Lace Sheath Dress

$90 | Available in Regular & Plus


Stevie is simply classic.

This flattering fit and flare dress features an extended sleeve to give you arm coverage and a silhouette that accentuates your waist. The silver sequin dress also offers two pockets, which are LZ’s special way of saying, “I’ve got you!” Kym is your dress for every occasion, especially those times when you think you have nothing to wear. Slip this sequined silver fit and flare dress on and you’ll feel like you just revealed a style secret. Pair it with a denim jacket for a fun, fresh, and casual look, or elevate it for an evening out with a classic pair of pumps. This go-to silver sequin dress always has your back.

LISA 2.0

Cobalt Knee Length Dress

$80 | Available in Regular, Petite & Plus


If you love the way our Lisa everyday dress hugs your curves while feeling like a dream, get ready for the next generation of Lisa! 

The Lisa knee length dress with faux wrap detail at the waist creates definition for a figure flattering silhouette. The matching flounce creates the sophisticated look you desire for a work to play look. Our Lisa 2.0 is that knee length dress you'll reach for again and again, all holiday long!


We hope this dress code guide helped to take the stress out of getting dressed for your next event! Rest assured, you’ll arrive appropriately, comfortably and stylishly dressed for the celebration in Connected Apparel. 


If you want to explore all that we have to offer, make sure to check out our special occasion section. And if you're looking for Mother of the Bride (or Groom!), bridesmaid or wedding guest specific styles, you can visit our Bridal Shop!

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