Dress code, what does it mean?

What does dress code really mean?

Have you ever received an invitation to a work event and saw the words, “Black tie”? Or an invitation to after work”Cocktail”? Have you ever wondered how these dress codes differ from each other? Do you ever think about how to take your business formal wear to an after work event such as cocktail or black tie,  hassle free?

I get such questions from clients asking what is an acceptable dress code? What do all these words mean? Well ladies and gentlemen, the first step would be a brief lesson in understanding what all these dress code terms mean:

So when the invite states,

Black tie:

Men

Ideally would be looking at a black tuxedo and matching pants. Black tie (optional) means dark formal suit instead of Tux. Formal white shirt with pleated front and cuff links, black silk or twill bow tie, black patent leather shoes and black socks

Women

Floor-length black evening dress or separates. Dressy -est cocktail or little black dress is appropriate.

Cocktail

Men

Jacket, formal pants, shirt with out without tie

Women

Little black dress is ultimate cocktail option but not too sexy or slinky

Business formal

Men

Dark coloured business suit, dress shirt, conservative tie, leather shoes and socks

Women

Tailored dressy styles – dress, suit pants or suit skirt, stockings (optional: check the company dress code) and heels

Semi formal

Men

Dark coloured business suit, dress shirt, tie, leather shoes and socks

Women

Short cocktail dress. Pants suit or suit skirt

Business casual

Check out the post Business casual wear for chat …

Here are a few options for Black Tie | Cocktail | Semi-formal | Business-formal | Business-casual

Dress code Men | Women | img src google

Dress code Men | Women | img src google

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