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Dressing for special occasions

Don't stress over what to wear to a wedding or your next class reunion. We've got the best tips, styles and shopping resources to help you pick the right outfit for your next special occasion.
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Flattering Cocktail Dresses
These flattering cocktail dresses are perfect for after-five occasions.

14 Ways to Wear Your Little Black Dress
No need to wear your little black dress in a boring way when there are so many cute ways to wear it.

Summer Special Occasion Dresses
Summer special occasion dresses need to be lighter to beat the heat, while still being special enough to go to events like weddings.

Cocktail Dresses
Cocktail dresses will take you to a wide variety of special occasions, from weddings to parties. Find out more.

Dresses to Wear to a Wedding

The first thing you'll wonder when you've been invited to a wedding is not what gift to give the bride and groom. It's what you're going to wear to the wedding as a guest. Here's an easy guide to dresses to wear to a wedding to make the special occasion easy for you to navigate.

Little Black Dresses
A guide to how to wear a little black dress, plus where to buy the best styles and accessorize them.

Cocktail Attire
Cocktail attire is one of the most popular formalities for a party. Find out what to wear for a cocktail party.

10 Perfect Cocktail Dresses
Special occasions -- from drinks with the girls to date night -- call for short (knee-length or shorter) dresses with some specialness to them.

What to Wear to a Wedding
What to wear to a wedding? Dresses are a great bet for most weddings, and we've got details on which dresses fit best with the formality of the wedding.

Formal Hair Style - Long Hair Style
Formal hair style doesn't have to mean a stiff updo. A sexy, long hair style is youthful and fresh and looks especially great with a strapless dress. Get inspiration from this runway picture of long, sexy hair and tips for pulling off your formal long hair look.

Get Party Perfect -- Find a Formal Dress
Formal dresses can be hard to shop for if you don't know what looks good on you or what level of formality the party requires. Find out about dress codes such as "Black Tie" and "Cocktail," learn celebrity style secrets, shop for formal dresses online and more.

What to Wear with a Formal Dress - Pearls
You've found the perfect formal dress for your special occasion. Now it's time to add earrings, bracelets, shoes and necklaces to complete the look. Get inspiration with our step-by-step photo gallery of formal accessories.

10 Foolproof Special Occasion Dresses
Which formal dress will look best for your special occasion? Browse through 10 special occasion dresses -- including halter, cocktail, sheath and embellished styles -- that work for most body types.

How to Accessorize a Special Occasion Dress?
Add some sparkle to your formal dress with our help.

Which Shoes Should I Wear for Special Occasions?
You've found the perfect special occasion dress, but now you need to choose shoes. Find out which styles go best for dressy occasions.

Can I Wear White to the Rehearsal Dinner?
Everyone knows you can't wear white to the wedding (it "competes" with the bride). But what about to other wedding events? Find the answer now.

What to Wear to the Opera?
A wonderful evening at the opera starts with finding the right outfit. Find out more now.

What Can I Wear Over My Dress It's Cold?
If the weather's chilly, you'll need to put something over that dressy dress besides a ski parka. We have answers to that special occasion fashion question and more!

Can I Wear a Black Beaded Dress for a Daytime Wedding?
Wonder what's too formal for a daytime wedding? We have answers to that special occasion fashion question and more!

What to Wear to a Nighttime Wedding?
Wonder what to wear to a nighttime wedding? We have answers to that special occasion fashion question and more!

What is Cocktail Attire?
Wonder what to wear to a cocktail party? We have answers to that special occasion fashion question and more!

Formal Dresses Under $100
Find a beautiful dressy dress for less than $100.

Formal Dresses
When the occasion calls for a formal dress, go all out with beautiful and glamorous gowns. Find out which dressy dresses make the cut with our guide to top looks in formal dresses.

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding
Get ready for summer weddings with this handy guide.

What to wear as a wedding guest
Decipher dress codes (formal, daytime, etc.) with this easy primer for him and her.

Dressing for class reunions
Don't stress about getting dressed for class reunions! Find out the benefits of advance planning, choosing the perfect outfit and updating your look.

Dress code definitions
What to wear when the invitation reads "Black Tie Invited" and more.

All about tuxedos
When to wear a tuxedo, style tips and more.

Party quick fixes
Don't shy away from last-minute holiday invites! You probably already own something in your closet that will pass party muster with a bit of help from our tips.

10 party 'musts'
Keep these 10 fashion items on hand and you'll be ready for any special occasion, from winter formals to holiday parties. All it takes are a few dressy basics to mix and match your way to glamorous party success!

Six steps to buying a new dress
Don't let shopping for a special occasion dress intimidate you! With a little help and a plan, you can start early and find the perfect dress for your next occasion.

Summer Wedding Guest Dresses
Wondering what kind of dress to wear to a summer wedding? Here are our favorite picks for wedding guest dresses.

Dress glossary
Do you know your cheongsam from your sheath? Photos, descriptions and more.

Little Black Dresses
Whether you're heading off to a class reunion or walking the decks of a cruise ship, the little black dress is a no-fail option.

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