Clearing Up Confusion About Formal Dress Codes

Dress codes are printed on invitation to help guests know what to wear, but they often only lead to more questions. Formal dress codes can be particularly hard to navigate, since they can seem open to interpretation. If you’ve received an invitation with a dress code, here’s what you need to know before you rent a dress.

Dress Code: Formal
A straight formal dress code is more complicated than it seems on the surface. Everything from upscale cocktail dresses to couture gowns can work for this kind of dress code, and going too far in one extreme or the other can leave you feeling uncomfortable. As a general rule of thumb, dress like the host of the event. If you think the host will be wearing a long dress, then opt for a formal gown. If you suspect the host will opt for a fancy cocktail dress, aim for something similar. For formal weddings, long gowns are usually appropriate, while cocktail dresses are often suitable for formal work functions. You won’t be out of place in either a long gown or a formal cocktail dress, so use your best judgment based on the event.

Dress Code: Beach Formal
Beach formal might sound like an oxymoron, but it is a surprisingly easy look to pull off. Long dresses are typically out for beach formal. Instead, look for a cocktail or tea-length dress that would be appropriate for an upscale restaurant. Keep the look understated, with low or flat shoes and natural hair and makeup.

Dress Code: Semi-Formal
Semi-formal—or dressy casual, as it is sometimes called—is similar to formal, but removes long gowns from the equation. Choose a cocktail dress for a semi-formal event. For this occasion, dressy separates can also be appropriate.

Whatever the dress code says, Lending Luxury has the right look for you. Stop by our website to view all of the dress rentals available from our shop in Tampa, FL. To find out more, please call (800) 403-9848.

So You've Been Invited to a Debutante Ball

If you live in a southern-ish state, chances are you, or someone you know, has been invited to a Deb Ball or two. And once you're invited, you probably think to yourself "what the heck do I wear to this thing?" "How formal is it?" and/or "Do I need to get myself to an etiquette class?" You're probably fine not shelling out some extra dough on classes, just treat it like any other event where you get to dress up and flaunt your new favorite dress.

Some Dress Code Tips...

The Debs where white, so basically that is off limits. Besides that, the Deb Ball "should be the height of formal attire" according to 'Our Everyday Life' author Kelly O'Gea. Traditionally the event is black tie, which gives women a lot of fun and daring options to choose from while men will be expected to wear tuxedos.

Black tie doesn't necessarily mean you have to wear a black dress. Although you could if you wanted because who doesn't love a great black dress? Don't be afraid of the length of the dress. Although traditionally you would have had to wear a floor length gown, women on the shorter side can now get away with a very dressy cocktail dress. We have examples of both below that you can click to shop. You can see all of Lending Luxury's Black Tie dress rentals here.

For a breakdown of how to figure out the dress code based on the invitation, check out this past post.

Some Etiquette Tips...

Really just basic stuff here. Place a napkin on your lap (to protect that dress!) and don't talk with your mouth full. You got this! Enjoy dancing the rest of the evening away!

Lending Luxury makes it easy to find the perfect dress rental for any occasion, from debutante dresses to cocktail dress in Tampa, FL. Learn more about our selection and how to start renting high-fashion dresses by calling (800) 403-9848.

Tips for Choosing the Right Shoes for Your Formal Dress

Sometimes, choosing the right shoes can be even harder than finding the right dress. If you have your eye on a cocktail dress or evening gown, before you rent the dress, make sure you have an image of the kind of shoes you want to wear in mind, so it’s easy to pull your look together. You can overcome the challenges of finding the right shoes with this advice.

Go for Comfort
Shoes for formal dresses don’t have to be synonymous with torture. When you pick shoes, make sure to choose a pair that won’t force you to sit out dancing or any of the other fun parts of the event you’re attending. If you’re not used to wearing heels, a thicker heel can make you feel more stable than a stiletto, and shoes with more substantial uppers can be more comfortable than strappy shoes. If the shoes don’t feel comfortable when you’re trying them on, move on to the next pair. You can also add foot and heel pads to make your shoes feel even better on the night of your event.

Upgrade Your Daytime Style
Shoes for formal dresses should be equally formal, so your heels that you wear to the office typically won’t work. Look for shoes that are designed for party wear, but be cautious about embellishments. A plain dress can be elevated by embellished shoes, but an embellished dress pairs better with elegant, simple styles.

Look for Neutrals
Shoes in neutral colors are always a good choice for evening gowns. Black is one of the most popular options, and it pairs well with nearly everything. Silver and gold shoes can also be considered neutrals for formal wear, as long as they match the jewelry you choose. Typically, it’s best to avoid bright colors unless you’re wearing a black dress and want a pop of dramatic color.

Rent the perfect dress for your formal event from Lending Luxury. We bring you couture dresses at price points you can afford, so you can get a carpet look for less. Call us today at (800) 403-9848 to learn more about formal dress rental in Tampa, FL.

Is It Ever OK to Wear White as a Wedding Guest?

When you’re looking for a dress rental for an upcoming wedding that you’re attending as a guest, should white be off the table as an option? Watch this video to get insight from a fashion expert about wearing white as a wedding guest.

Although long white dresses should generally be reserved for the bride, there’s no reason you can’t rent a dress that features white in the pattern. White also makes a great color for accessories for wedding guests, from shoes to handbags.

Lending Luxury has all of your formal wear needs covered with our huge selection of dress rentals in Tampa, FL. Visit our location to shop in person, or rent designer dresses online for a fraction of the price of buying new. Learn more about our rentals by calling (800) 403-9848.

Giving the Gift of Fashion with Our Gift Cards

Is your holiday shopping list filled with bona fide fashionistas? If so, then Lending Luxury has the perfect solution—our gift cards. A gift card from us opens the door to couture dresses and high-fashion looks without the price tag to match. Everyone on your list will love delving into our designer dress rental collection to create looks they love.

With a Lending Luxury gift card, the people on your list have full access to our huge collection of dress rentals. They can explore our selections online or visit our store to get in-person assistance in selecting the perfect look for their occasion. For those shopping online, our virtual designer will ensure that they get the right dress with the right fit for their needs.

Giving the gift of high fashion is easy with Lending Luxury. Visit our website to select the amount you wish to give and to personalize your gift card message. You can also contact us at (800) 403-9848 to learn more about our dress rentals in Tampa, FL.

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