Dressing up can be very fun, but also a challenge. The dresser never wants to be over-dressed, but if you ask me, being under-dressed is about a million times worse.
Ways to (hopefully) Make You Dressed Up the Right Amount
1. Check the invitation! Even if it doesn’t say Attire: X, if it’s written in gold cursive, it’s probably a different mentality than something in chunky, blue bubble letters.
2. Call (or text!) a couple friends who are going, or even check with the host on what they’re wearing.
3. Bring backup! Have a friend carry a couple tank tops in their purse for sliding over cocktail dresses, whereas you can stash some fancy bracelets and velvet headbands in yours. It’s a bit paranoid, but better safe than sorry!
Examples of Very Dressy
This outfit could become nicer if the giant purse was replaced with a feminine clutch, she took off the sunglasses, and added a dressy neckless.
If you do underdress (despite my amazing techniques for avoiding that kind of malfunction), your behavior can cover up the fact that you were supposed to wear pumps and pantyhose.
Translation: If you don’t jump on the fancy table or do anything else negatively memorable, most people won’t remember your slacky outfit.