When owning a business or brand, you often attend plenty of events and/or productions, for all types of reasons. And for this reason, there are often many different dress codes. Even if an invite doesn't have a requested dress code stated, it is your responsibility to dress according to what you assume the event falls under; business, formal, casual etc.
So... What are these different dress code options? From casual to not so casual, here is the TTE definition.
Casual. In my opinion, one of the most difficult attire options because you take the risk of guest coming in just about anything, especially when they hear the word, "casual". But remember, when attending an event, you always want to look your best no matter the dress code. So for women, a day dress, jeans and blouse, or a skirt and blouse will work. I never suggest wearing flats, but this is just me. A nice pair of ballerina slippers will always work. Men, khakis or nice jeans (no holes) with a nice polo or plain nice t-shirt, cargo or bermuda shorts and button down shirts work well. Loafers or a nice pair of sneakers work perfect. Men again, I still dont prefer sandals but, this is just me. Casual attire is fitting for happy hours, daytime events, outside events, luncheons, business lunch or dinners at home.
Business Casual. This one can be tricky, but its quite simple. Women, opt for a dress or skirt/pants with a button up or open collar shirt with a white sweater. Men, Wear a button-down or a polo shirt, paired with khakis, or dress pants. If you so desire, layer with a v-neck sweater, a blazer, or a sport coat. A tie is optional. Business casual attire is perfect for daily work attire, company parties, or business lunch meetings.
Cocktail. This is one of my faves when it comes to events of my own. For women, an above the knee classy fitted or unfitted dress is appropriate or one of the classy slick Victoria Beckham pantsuits. Men, here is where you can do your suits with no tie, or nice pants and a nice sports coat in a color for the season to add some pop. Cocktail attire is mostly appropriate for evening social events, more exclusive intimate events, adult parties, and networking mixers.
Black Tie is the clean classic formal look. For woman a floor length gown is perfect. Try to stay away from any spandex, polycotton materials, unless its to die for. Men, suit or tux with a bow tie. Simple right. Black tie is usually for more high end events, weddings, charity events, and galas.
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