Being prepared before hosting, attending, or accompanying someone to an event is key to success. Understanding dress code terminology is key to meeting the demands of guests or hosts. The first rule in dressing for an event is to understand the invitation. Determine the importance of appropriate dress through the invitation itself.
Invitations or announcements are presented in a variety of ways: through formal announcements on paper, casual invitations on paper, accompanying another as a “plus one” and the list goes on. The underlying assumption of the advice given here is that the dress code has been decided. If there is any question on the dress code of this particular event, ask.