Monday, December 5, 2016


Event season is here and sometimes the dress codes for the events can be a little confusing. 

Are you ever confused or unsure of the dress codes on an invitation? Here are a few tips to help you along the way....

White Tie - is the most formal. A white tie event is more formal than a black tie event. The dress code entails that men wear full formal attire, with a white tie, vest and shirt. Women only wear floor length elegant gowns and hair is styled and worn up. These types of events are usually charity or society balls.

Black Tie - Men should wear a black bow tie and ladies should wear a floor length dress. This is usually a formal event or party suited for formal attire. Men are to wear black tuxedos or dark suits with a long armed formal shirt with a tie or bow tie. Women preferably wear floor length elegant gowns, however classy cocktail dresses that fall below the knee are now acceptable as well. Wear your hair in an elegant up do or partial up do, and add your best jewellery.

Lounge Suit - Ladies should choose a glamorous gown and your partner should wear a suit with a tie to compliment the ladies outfit. Lounge suit dress codes call for a suit and tie for men (black, navy or tan) and a glamorous frock for women (floor length or three quarter length). Accessories are key, ladies, metallic are lovely and men, a silver watch and tie (a pop of bright colour to match your partner) is fashion forward.

Cocktail - The hem is shorter for ladies - a glamorous knee length dress. For men a suit can be worn with or without a tie. Cocktail dress code etiquette usually means semi-formal short elegant dresses, although these dresses may vary in lengths. For men, attire consists of a jacket, with or without a tie, and long dress pants. Cocktail attire is often more fashion-forward with varied coloured suits and shirts.

Business Attire - On the scale of formality, business attire is more formal than casual but less formal than cocktail attire. Business attire consists of, for men, a suit (usually dark in colour), including a pair of trousers with a matching jacket. The suit is worn with a long-sleeved shirt and a tie or a polo shirt with dress pants. 

Smart Casual - Add polish to your look by adding a blazer or a closed in shoe. This etiquette does vary from countries and even companies. Generally, safe attire for a smart casual is office attire with some added accessories – to ‘dress up’ the office attire. A smart jacket and closed shoes or heels is recommended. If you do opt for jeans, your denim should look somewhat dressy, fresh and sharp with no wear or holes. A great tip for the girls, add a blazer for an extra touch of class.

Casual - Casual dress is more laid back to any other dress code. You may wear anything from a cotton blouse to a T-shirt. Appropriate shoes are part of the etiquette dress code; though many assume flip-flops (thongs) are suitable wear, when in fact they are not. A handy tip is to avoid inflammatory or otherwise offensive graphic tees!

Happy Monday Lovelies. 

V x

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