The winter season is about to end, and spring will most certainly come with a rush of family gatherings, hang outs with friends, and corporate events. These occasions make the upcoming floral season the perfect opportunity for you to show off your dazzling wardrobe—from blazers and tailcoats, to satin gloves and embellished dresses.
But before you choose what to wear for that corporate dinner invitation, here are some dress codes that you must remember.
For a “White Tie” Occasion
Formal dress codes are pretty restricted—which is one of the things that sets them apart from all the semi-formal and casual dress codes. For instance, at a white-tie corporate dinner, you cannot play around with your wardrobe in order to “be yourself”; this is especially true for men. You need to wear a white bow tie, with a black vest, white formal shirt, and a black tailcoat (yes, you should have a tail coat for this one). While you can pick a different color for the vest, shirt, and tailcoat; make sure it’s a formal, subtle, and solid shade.
On the other hand, women can go all creative with their formal gowns, silk gloves, and hair-styles for a white-tie event.
For a “Black Tie” Occasion
Men, if you were planning to just swap the tie on the same vest, shirt, and tailcoat combo that you wore on the white-tie event — drop the plan. As you go down on the list of formal dress code, black ties are all about tuxedos (without tails) and a glossy black bow tie. Yes, you can use the same white shirt, though.
For women, the gown needs to be a little less embellished and fancy than the one you wore on the white-tie event; however it should be of floor length. Also, gloves are generally not recommended for a black-tie occasion because you need a less-formal look. For the best part: you’re allowed to get more creative with your hairstyle. Yay!
For a “Smart-Casual” Party
Seeing this dress code on your invitation can put you on a high of creative and crazy outfits perfect for a casual party. But no matter how ever crazy and colorful you get, just make sure you don’t lose that grace and balance. The safest option is to pair a blazer of your color choice with a t-shirt and jeans combo. Be yourself, look smart (that’s who you are), and turn head around as you go!
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