GUEST'S ANSWER: Linda Miller, author of Fashion Matters Blog: Sometimes hosts try to get too creative. Urban casual and elegant casual always leave me wondering. Guests don't want cute terms; they want to know how to dress without guessing.
Is there a look that covers all bases? Not really, but I think a dress comes pretty close. Depending on the color, print and style, it can be dressed up with evening shoes and statement jewelry for a semiformal event or worn with sandals and a straw hat to a beach party.
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