Decoding Dress Code Instructions for all Occasions

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Decoding Dress Code Instructions for all Occasions

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.

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