Interpreting Holiday Party Dress Codes: Business FormalMerrick White
Holiday dress codes are sometimes hard to decipher. The phrases people use are sometimes a bit vague, and it leaves women stressing endlessly about what to wear!! In this series, I’m sharing insight into each dress code, as well as a few great dress choices at different price points. You can see Black Tie here and Semi-Formal here.
One of the more obscure dress codes is Business Formal. It sounds intimidating, but really it’s almost the same thing as cocktail or semi-formal, where a short formal dress is appropriate, but the “Business” part is thrown in there to tell you to keep your dress a little more tailored. No slinky or overly sexy dresses!
Click through for five fabulous finds that will keep you feeling appropriate for any party dubbed “Business Formal.”
Business Formal Dress Code 1 of 6
Click through for 5 great business formal dresses!
LBD Occasion Dress 2 of 6
This super simple, tailored dress is perfect for a business formal occasion. Because it's so simple, it can easily be paired with big statement jewelry and/or fabulous heels.
Find it at ModCloth for $52.99
Double Faced Wool Crepe Dress 3 of 6
Cobalt is huge this year, and this simple fitted dress in the bright blue hue is a gorgeous pick for a business formal event. Add a thin shiny belt and some big glitzy earrings to dress it up!
Find it at J.Crew for $228 (also comes in black!)
Peplum Dress in Stretch Wool 4 of 6
When you're attending an event that requires a more tailored dress, peplum is a perfect choice.
Find it at J.Crew for $248 (comes in navy and black)
Origami Dress in Wool Crepe 5 of 6
A simple dress like this one is elevated a bit by an interesting, asymmetrical neckline. Adding a necklace will compete with the neckline, so opt for big earrings instead, and throw on a pair of fun metallic, sparkly, or patterned heels.
Find it at J.Crew for $198 (available in other colors for lower price points!)
Faux Leather Silhouette Body-Con Dress 6 of 6
A few strips of faux leather are a fun and edgy addition to a simple, tailored dress. A sparkly necklace, a sleek clutch, and some strappy heels will complete the business formal look nicely.
Find it at Nordstrom for $98
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