Deciphering the Invitation: Dressing for the Occasion
Black Tie Optional: Crisp White Dress Shirt. Dark Conservative Tie. Dark Dressy Leather Shoes and Dark Dress Socks. Solid Dark Suit or Tuxedo.
Semi-Formal: Crisp Dress Shirt Unobtrusive Pattern. Conservative Tie. Dark Dressy Leather Shoes and Dark Socks. Dark Suit.
Business Casual: Tie Optional. White, Color or Patterned Dress Shirt. Sports Jacket or Blazer (Recommended). Khakis or Nice Trousers. Lace-Up or Slip-On Leather Shoes or Boots
Casual: Sweater, Polo or Casual Button Down Shirt. Leather or Canvas Shoes. Khakis or Dark Jeans
Dressing for the Occasion: Your 60 Second Visual Guide
We’ve been talking a lot about hosting a holiday party 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. But what about those other categories? Well, last week we brought you a quick visual guide to dressing for an interview, 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.)