For Cocktail Attire women should be well dressed (no shorts, sandals, or t-shirts). Women should wear knee-length skirts or dress pants with a nice sweater or blouse.The little black cocktail dress would work to.
Women should dress to impress for garden attire or beach formal. If it’s “beach formal,” sandals and other open-toe style shoes are acceptable. For “garden attire women should wear wedge heels or flats so they don’t sink in the dirt or grass”.
Festive attire is exactly what it sounds like. Usually this is the dress code for holiday parties and other themed parties.
Business Formal is for going to business lunches or conferences. Women should be in a tailored dress or pantsuit. Think a more dressy form of business appropriate clothing.
Women going to a Semi Formal can go with a little black cocktail dress or a long dressy skirt with a nice top. Dress shoes are expected. Basically, the main difference between “black tie optional” and “semi-formal” dress code is that this one isn’t sorta-kinda asking you to wear a tuxedo or evening gown.
Black tie optional is interchangeable with “formal attire but is still slightly less formal than “black tie.” For women, a dress or pantsuit in a dark color. Even a cocktail-length dress can be perfectly fine as long as isn’t too colorful or flashy.
Black tie considered to be the second highest level of formal attire. This is usually the kind of dress code you’ll be given for weddings or special life events. Women should wear a long evening gown or cocktail dress.
White tie, women should wear long, formal evening gowns, It can also be called “ultra-formal” because this is considered the highest level of dress code. If you get an invitation that says “white tie attire only,” you know this is a very formal occasion.