The Idiot Proof Guide to Decoding Dress Codes

If there’s one aspect of fashion that’s stumped people for time immemorial, it’s how to dress for an event, be it a gala dinner or a cocktail function. Unlike celebrities who have entourages of stylists to deck them out for the Met Ball, the Academy Awards or even a simple store appearance, us mere mortals are left to fend for ourselves. If you receive an invitation with stated guidelines like “lounge suit” or the perpetual head-scratcher that is “smart casual”, don't fret. Here are some rules to follow that should get you to your next event looking fashion appropriate and on the right side of stylish.