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Derek Guillemette, the director of ready-to-wear for Rent the Runway, a company that rents designer evening wear. To the rescue: a handy invitationese-to-English dictionary. So you and your other half can rise to any occasion. A tea- or floor-length gown is the way to go for upscale fetes, like formal weddings, charity galas, and awards ceremonies. Be a celebrity for the night and strut your stuff in a gorgeous satin, taffeta, or beaded number. Try a  Hepburn-esque column or an A-line in red, navy, or emerald, which stands out from black and complements many skin tones, says Guillemette. When in doubt, opt for time-honored classics, like diamond drops or a pearl necklace, over something too costumey.

In the South, the rules of black tie are strictly adhered to and decorum prevails, says Tara Guérard, the owner of Soirée, in Charleston, South Carolina, a company that plans and designs events. Be especially mindful about not spilling out of necklines and slits. A tuxedo with a black bow tie. Whether you rent or buy, select a trend-defying notch- or peak-lapel jacket with one or two buttons. The dress code tends to be more lax on the West Coast, where more men are getting away with dark suits.