After you receive an invitation to attend a formal birthday party, you could be confused about how to dress properly for the occasion. Your choice of outfit may depend on both the time of the party as well as its location. Here are some ideas to help you select apparel from your closet to wear to a fancy birthday soiree.
If the party is taking place during the day, you might opt to dress a bit more casually than you would in the evening. Men might be able to wear dress pants without a jacket. Women could consider wearing a nice skirt and blouse, pantsuit or cocktail length dress in a color or tasteful print. Evening celebrations could be an opportunity to arrive dressier. Women may opt to wear clothing such as a little black dress or possibly a longer dress. They could also accessorize with more jewelry and heavier makeup than they might during the day. If the invite does not specify a black tie dress code, then a man probably wouldn't need to wear a tuxedo, but he may want to put on a suit jacket.
The location of the formal birthday party may also impact how a guest chooses to dress. If the celebration is taking place at a dance club or at a funky restaurant, it may be acceptable for clothing to be a bit trendier and sexier. However, if the birthday party is happening at a religious venue such as a church banquet hall or even at the home of the birthday person's parents, men and women may want to make sure that their attire is less revealing. If you are unfamiliar with the party location, you could ask the host about how he or she believes that the party guests should dress.
When attending a formal birthday party, clothing such as jeans, shorts, T-shirts as well as casual footwear including flip-flops or sneakers are probably inappropriate.