Eventiquette: Dress Code

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Eventiquette: Event Dress Code

We live in a time where we receive invitations to attend all kinds of events throughout the year, which is great, until we realize that we need to decipher the dress code for the gathering and somehow figure out what we should wear. Most people just want to fit in with the other guests and not be under – or over- dressed. This can lead to a fair amount of despair, especially when you don’t quite know what the dress code “White Tie” requires.

If you are attending an event in the afternoon men should wear business suits, dark in winter and light in summer, and women should wear a suit or a knee-length dress with very little make-up and glam. Always take note of the location of the event and dress appropriately.

Here is a simple breakdown of the different dress codes out there:

Black Tie (aka Formal): This calls for formal attire. Men wear tuxedos; women wear either a cocktail dress or a dressy evening outfit.

White Tie (aka Ultra-formal):  This requires men to wear full dress, with white tie, vest, and shirt. Women wear long ball gowns.

Black Tie Optional: This allows men the option of wearing a tuxedo or a dark suit and tie. Women can wear a cocktail dress or a dressy evening outfit.

Creative Black Tie: This enables you to incorporate your style and taste into traditional formal wear. Men could wear a tux with a black shirt and no tie, and women could wear long or short dresses or an evening outfit. – Have fun with this one!

Semi-Formal (aka After 5): This means that tuxes and long dresses are not necessary. Men can wear a suit and Women a cocktail dress.

Cocktail Attire: This calls for a dark suit for the men and a short, elegant dress for the women.

Informal: On occasion mistaken for “Casual” – but is actually the same as “Semi-Formal”.

Casual: This means that anything goes.

Dressy Casual: This is the dressed up version of “Casual” – normally no jeans, shorts and t-shirts, but no tux and tie either.

Written by Kim ten Krooden, Event Coordinator, EVENTS BY EMMA

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