Finding the perfect dress for a special event can be time consuming, not to mention, stressful. After all, for most women, special events aren't an every day occurrence, so you want to look special and feel special. One of the most important considerations, in addition to purchasing a dress that is right for your body type, is to find one that is appropriate for the type of event you will attend. Different types of events require different types of special occasion clothes. You wouldn't wear a ball gown to an important business function, so look below to find the appropriate attire for your event.
Formal weddings and balls call for full-length elegant gowns. If you are a guest at a formal wedding, you can also choose a mid-length cocktail dress. The dress code for less formal nuptials such as destination weddings allows for mid-length tea dresses.
Proms can also fall into this category, according to your style. More youthful ball gowns, shorter, knee-length fancy dresses or any striking design that fits your style and age is appropriate. In the last twenty years, high school functions, once noted as formal events, have given way to more casual dress.
Cocktail parties, birthdays, Bat Mitzvahs, anniversaries, high school homecomings and similar events generally call for semi-formal attire. Check the invitation to see if there is a dress code and choose accordingly. If there is none, fancy knee-length cocktail dresses work well, especially when paired with matching heels and a clutch. Shorter dresses are appropriate for more casual events as well as for homecoming dances.
Semi-formal business events call for more subdued clothing. Business separates, including skirted suits and pantsuits may be worn along with plainer sheath dresses in solid colors. Avoid dresses with frills or loud prints as well as excessive jewelry. Save those for special evening events.