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Dressing for the Occasion: Your 60 Second Visual Guide

Black Tie Optional | Semi-Formal | Business Casual | Casual

We’ve been talking a lot about hosting a holiday party [1] lately, but what if you’re invited to one as a guest? It can be confusing trying to decipher the stated dress code. “Black tie” is easy: wear a tux [2]. But what about those other categories? Well, last week we brought you a quick visual guide to dressing for an interview [3], and this week we offer some general guidelines for how to dress for an event at a glance. (We didn’t do “Cocktail” because the expected dress for that designation can vary so widely depending on time of day and level of formality of the event.)

Illustration by Ted Slampyak [4]