Sign up for our Email Newsletter
Facebook Image
 
Home | Everyday Manners | Your Personal Image | Attire Guide: Dress Codes from Casual to White Tie
PDF  | Print |  E-mail

Attire Guide: Dress Codes from Casual to White Tie

OCCASION/ DRESS CODE
MEN
WOMEN

White Tie

  • Black tailcoat, matching trousers with a single stripe of satin or braid in the US; two stripes in Europe or the UK
  • white piqué wing-collared shirt with stiff front
  • white vest
  • white-colored (e.g., mother of pearl) studs and cufflinks
  • white bow tie
  • white or gray gloves
  • black patent shoes and black dress socks

 

  • Formal (floor length) evening gown

Black Tie

  • Black tuxedo jacket and matching trousers
    formal (piqué or pleated front) white shirt
  • black-colored (e.g., onyx) studs and cufflinks
  • black bow tie (silk, shiny satin or twill)
  • black cummerbund to match tie, or a vest
  • dressy suspenders to ensure a good fit (optional)
  • black patent shoes and black dress socks
  • no gloves.
  • In summer or on a cruise: white dinner jacket, black tuxedo trousers plus other black tie wardrobe.

 

  • Formal (floor length) evening gown
  • dressy cocktail dress
  • Your dressiest little black dress
Creative
Black Tie
  • Tuxedo combined with trendy or whimsical items, such as a black shirt or a matching colored or patterned bow tie and cummerbund
  • Formal (floor length) evening gown
  • dressy cocktail dress
  • your dressiest little black dress
  • fun or unique accessories

 

Black Tie
Optional

  • Either a tuxedo (see 'Black Tie' above) or
  • Dark suit, white shirt, and conservative tie
  • dressy leather shoes and dark dress socks
  • Formal (floor length) evening gown
  • dressy cocktail dress
  • a little black dress
  • dressy separates

 

Semiformal

  • Dark, business suit
  • matching vest (optional)
  • dress shirt
  • conservative tie
  • dressy leather shoes and dark dress socks
  • Short afternoon or cocktail dress
  • a little black dress
  • long dressy skirt and top
  • dressy separates

 

Festive
Attire

(usually for the holidays)

  • Seasonal sport coat or blazer in color of choice, and slacks
  • open-collar shirt
  • dress shirt and optional "festive" or holiday-themed tie
  • Cocktail dress or
  • long dressy skirt and top
  • dressy pants outfit or separates
  • a little black dress
  • feature holiday colors and accessories

 

Business Formal *
  • Dark business suit
  • matching vest (optional)
  • dress shirt
  • conservative tie
  • dressy leather shoes and dark dress socks
  • Suit
  • business-style dress
  • dress with a jacket
  • stockings (optional in summer)
  • heels, low or high

 

Business
Casual
*

  • Seasonal sport coat or blazer with slacks or khakis
  • dress shirt with optional tie, or casual button-down shirt
  • open-collar or polo shirt
  • loafers or loafer-style shoes and socks
  • Skirt, khakis or pants
  • open-collar shirt, knit shirt, or sweater
    (no spaghetti straps or decolleté)
  • casual-style dress

 

Dressy
Casual
  • Seasonal sport coat or blazer and slacks
  • dress shirt, casual button-down shirt
  • optional tie
  • open-collar or polo shirt
  • Dress
  • skirt and dressy top
  • dressy pants outfit
  • nice jeans and dressy top

 

Casual

  • Khakis or good jeans (clean, no holes)
  • cargo or Bermuda shorts—depending on occasion and climate
  • plain t-shirt (no slogans), polo shirt, or turtleneck
  • casual button-down shirt
  • sweater
  • loafers, sneakers (with or without socks), or sandals
  • Sundress
  • long or short skirt
  • khakis or nice jeans
  • shorts (depending on occasion and climate)
  • plain t-shirt (no slogans), polo shirt, or turtleneck
  • casual button-down blouse
*Always check and abide by your company's dress code.

 

 

greenbar

18th-Edition-Cover-WO bookpage.cover.emilypostweddingetiquetteWO EMFM bookpage.cover.excuseme bookpage.cover.eab bookpage.cover.tablemannersforkids
 
 
 
Joomla 1.5 Templates by Joomlashack