What to wear when the invitation says "country club casual?" The term once brought to mind collared golf shirts; khakis; Bermuda shorts; and just-above-the-knee golf skirts--all worn while walking the well manicured grounds of an exclusive country club.

Today, the term, and the dress code have taken on new meaning. Here, a fashion expert demystifies this elusive expression in terms of what to wear as the weather turns cool.

What Goes On Top?

Rhoda Kregsman, owner of Mazarro, Ltd. a women's clothing store in Huntington, New York, says that the not-too-dressy, not-too-casual party look is easy to achieve. Starting with tops, here's what she advises:

  • Dressy sweaters: Choose a tailored or any beautiful, unusual sweater. Try one that's crocheted; or embellished with pearls or intricate stitching; or perhaps a cashmere cardigan with pearl buttons.
  • Feminine blouses: The romantic look is in, particularly in blouses. Opt for a cotton or silk button-down or tie-neck blouse with lace embroidery, a ruffled collar, or floral beading.
  • Beautifully styled jackets: A key component of any dressy-yet-casual look is a well styled jacket. Shaped or belted jackets are fashionable, and tweeds are versatile and very much in vogue.