There may be some modern trends that people of yore could never have imagined – people really wear sneakers with dresses to dinner ?! – but there are a few holdovers from the Golden Age that are still on the rise. First and foremost: The classic labeling system invites you to events with certain dress codes. For us, this old system of dress codes can be pretty confusing – after all, we’re used to wearing our trainers to dinner.
To help you navigate the landmine, which is black tie, creative black tie, business paperwork and more, we’ve deconstructed the 10 most commonly used dress codes for you. You will never wonder what to wear to an event again.
Scroll down for a detailed list of the dress codes decoded as well as the pieces you can buy for each one.