Cracking The Dress Party Code


Cracking The Party Dress Code


The party season is in full swing and invitations to all types of get-togethers, from casual, neighborhood holiday open houses to festive formal affairs, are arriving and leaving some of us excited but perplexed, wondering what to wear.

We’re here to help crack the party dress codes that can be so confusing and we’ve deciphered some of the more common codes below so you can dress to impress and celebrate the season with curvy confidence.

Casual – Easy! Expect an intimate gathering in a relaxed atmosphere. Wear anything tasteful that you feel comfortable in. Pair your latest fashion denim or leggings with cozy chic sweater, and the season’s hottest boots, including our wide calf riding boot.  Don’t forget to add a shining statement with your favorite Lane Bryant jewelry.

Festive Attire – This does not mean Santa hats and tinsel! It’s holiday code for cocktail attire.  As fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld says, “One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a little black dress and this year’s collection of little black dresses doesn’t disappoint.  Sparkling accents like our mixed stone cluster bracelet, mixed stone cluster necklace and teardrop chain earrings are must-haves to polish your look.

Business Casual, Smart Casual, Dressy Casual, Casual Chic – A touch fancier than casual. Skip the jeans, t-shirts or halter tops. A classic pant from our Lena or Sophie collections teamed with a sequin-embellished sweater and a trendy studded back bootie are the perfect party choices.  Save the plunging necklines and sexy styles for another time.

Cocktail, Sunday Best – Just a bit more relaxed than business formal, slip into your curve-flattering plus size holiday dresses accented with cubic zirconium jewelry, coordinating hosiery and your most fabulous footwear.

Black Tie Optional – The host is leaving the final decision up to their guest to dress formally. A super chic dinner dress (long or short) in a dark color (little black dress, anyone?) is a perfect pick.  If you want to go all out, choose a chic floor-length black dress like the Garbo Gown by IGIGI.

A FASHIONABLE NOTE – Generally speaking, dark colors and solids are more formal and bright colors and patterns are more casual.  When in doubt, err on the side of being a bit over-dressed.

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