Shirt And Jeans Or Luxury Gown Of Your Dreams: When To Overdress For An Event

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To over or underdress -- that is the question. When the dress code for an upcoming engagement is left open to interpretation, fretting over the proper attire can result in a few sleepless nights and unsuccessful treks to the local mall. In the corporate world, culturing a fashion look that stands out can also be a source of anxiety for some. Today, premier luxury fashion reseller Rodeo Drive Resale ( explains why, when decorum is debatable, overdressing is usually a safe choice.

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Opting for a beautiful dress when unsure how to dress for an upcoming event is usually a safe choice.

Personally, I would rather be the best dressed person in the room then the worst dressed.

Style of dress speaks volumes about an individual, and thus, there is much to consider when pursuing the perfect outfit. While upscale pieces like Chanel purses and Tiffany & Co. jewelry are sure to demand attention, many worry about attaining the proper look for an upcoming event. This is especially true when preparing for an event where styles of dress specifics are a bit vague: Perhaps you were invited by a friend, who in turn was invited by another. In this case, going for a look that stands out may not necessarily be a terrible thing, despite the super casual fashion society in which we live.

A premier reseller of luxury fashions, Rodeo Drive Resale offers a few things to keep in mind once the decision to overdress has been made:

Be the Best Dressed Guest: While some hosts are busy enjoying the party and entertaining guests, others are social scanners: Taking mental note of not only who honored their RSVP but what they chose to wear. While underdressing for an event such as a birthday party may be taken as an insult by the guest of honor, overdressing is rarely, if ever, seen as offensive. “Personally, I would rather be the best dressed person in the room than the worst,” Raya, Style Expert and Co-Founder of Rodeo Drive Resale said. “Overdressing shows that you have a sense of style and your how you look is important to you.” When the dress code for such an occasion is unclear, dressing it up a bit can express enthusiasm about the event.

Upward Mobility: Despite the rise of the business casual look, the age-old adage, “dress for the job you want” still holds true among the most ambitious of America’s working class. Mimicking the style of higher ups can be rewarding – when done tastefully; this type of overdressing may be just the type of forward-thinking image that gets one closer to that dream position. For men, it could mean purchasing a few suits and a well-made timepiece, for ladies, perhaps running out and purchasing an item by St. John Knits is not in your current budget, but designer blouses from labels such as Escada and Dolce & Gabbana are great investment pieces that make a statement.

Overdressing can be undone: The greatest thing about being overdressed is that, if done in layers, one can transition into a more relaxed look by simply shedding a few articles of clothing and accessories. Ditch the earrings and leave the cardigan in the car and voila: Overdressed becomes just right without making a pit stop back home.

People feel more confident when they are well-dressed, so as long as the choice of fashion is tasteful, be sure to spend more time getting to know others and enjoying the event than focusing on possible fashion crimes. Besides, as Raya Jaffer explains, it is not uncommon for the flashiest person at the party to inadvertently become the star of the show: “While you may feel overdressed, I bet once others see how fabulous you look, they will wish they had put more effort into their outfit too!”


With over a decade of experience, Rodeo Drive Resale specializes in buying, selling, and consignment of authentic couture fashions. Buy, sell or consign favorite luxury designers such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, St. John Knits, David Yurman, Christian Louboutin, Tiffany & Co. and more. All items are guaranteed 100% authentic. Visit RDR online at or call toll free at (888)697-3725.

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