Six of the Most Annoying Dress Codes, Decoded!

"Dressy Resort"/"Island Formal"

Beach weddings, man. They love this dress code. Nail it by wearing a free-flowing maxi dress that flows a bit in the breeze and feels very "I'm on vacation."  Then add flat sandals that let you walk in the sand/boardwalk/beach grass without having to take them off.

Digital Fashion Writer

I'm all for people getting creative with their party décor, but not so much with their dress code description. (Unless, you know, it's a theme party.) Island fancy, mountain chic, dress for the summer solstice (?!): these are all real dress decrees I've been given and all ones that immediately sent me into Gchat-polling madness to figure out what the hell the host was trying to tell me.

Like, I get that they're trying to set a mood—but dude, when you write something all quippy like that it's sort of confusing, and I don't know if you want me in a dress or jeans or what. Or anyway, I didn't until I went to all those parties. Here's what I discovered about six of the most common and confusing dress codes in the process—and the best way to tackle each of them.