4 Dress Codes - What to Wear Where ...


4 Dress Codes - What to Wear Where ...
4 Dress Codes - What to Wear Where ...

Everybody’s received an invitation and been baffled about what the dress code means.

That's why I thought it was time to put an end to the doubts and fears we experience when getting ready for events with a dress-code and I've created a little cheat sheet with all 4 dress codes**** there ar****e with easy explanations on what you are expected to wear in what case.

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Black Tie

Other Versions: White Tie, Formal Black Tie, Creative Black Tie (usually involves a theme)
Black Tie Men should dress in a smart suit or tuxedo, with an ironed, tucked in shirt and tie. Women get a bit more freedom, having the choice between long or cocktail dresses, in a wide range of colors.

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It’s a good idea to stick with the classics, black and white, and accessorize with bright red jewelry. This dress code does allow you to make a statement, but if you’re too crazy you might be denied entry.



Other Versions: Cocktail Attire, Semi Formal or Black Tie Optional
Informal For men, this means black trousers, and a shirt. However, you don’t need to look as smart as above, and you don’t need to wear a tie or jacket if you don’t want too.

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Women can wear short dresses, but check that it is an appropriate length, and killer heels. Again, aim for classic colors like red and green and add statement jewelry and big cocktail rings for a show stopping look..

Let your personality shine!


Dressy Casual

Other Versions: Smart Casual, Business Casual or Festive Casual (usually with a theme)
Dressy Casual Trousers are fine for either sex, but no jeans. It’s advisable for men to stick to shirts or waistcoats, which still look smart and respectable.

Women should avoid low cut tops and t shirts, and instead go for shirts, blouses, waistcoats, anything that looks smart without flashing too much flesh. Accessorize with long necklaces and sexy make up.

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I wore a crisp white waistcoat and tailored trousers to my party, and received compliments all night, which shows how much attention is paid to your outfit.



Casual Anything goes! However, it’s always best to make a bit of an effort. If you must wear jeans, get a well fitting pair, and team them with heels. Tailored trousers are always in style too.

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For men, try to avoid comedy T-shirts, you never know who is watching! Bear in mind where the event is being held, and make sure you won’t be uncomfortable.

Have you got a fail-safe outfit for a black tie event, or some tips for dressy casual looks? I’d love to hear what you think...

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Tomorrow is my Birthday so im locking for tips.

Also, are those dress codes the same throughout different countries? I have noticed that for VIP events, even if it is announced as "resort casual", people want to be able to dress up a little more if the event is labeled a "cocktail party". Also, in business it seems the traditional suit attire is more common in Europe than in the USA, or it also depends on the field (someone in finance will always wear a suit; a prominent business man working in real estate or golf may be completely appropriate with a sport coat and golf shirt... I guess for us ladies, we can never go wrong with a black skirt!?

I've been trying to find some good two sentence definitions for my female clients to describe what white tie, black tie, morning suit, and informal dress codes specifically mean for women. Most of the definitions I can find explain well what men should wear, but there is very little guidance that I can find for women. Could you, please, help me with this?

I'm sticking with informal - party dresses!

Kati - great post. you're so right on with these!

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