Dress codes are supposed to be helpful. That’s why, we intend to express you just that. It’s good to know what to wear and when, because, if you get it wrong, you may not get a second chance to repair it.
As we already told you in the previous article, there are 2 categories of men’s style (Day & Night) guide divided in other levels.
- The DAY attire: business casual, business formal and smart casual.
- The EVENING / NIGHT attire: black suit, black tie and white tie.
Today, we talk about the second category: The Evening Attire. You must be aware of the fact that the strictness of the strictures is directly proportional to the gravity of the event. So, in order to feel good in your own skin and be well dressed at the appropriate event, here’s how you should proceed!
The NIGHT Attire
This refers to the time between 6 PM up to 6 AM. There are those night when you have business dinners, cocktail parties, the launch of a new product, a specific event.
#1. White Tie a.k.a Cravate Blanche
White tie is a level up from even black tie in formality. No, it does not mean litteraly “a white tie”. It refers to a black tailcoat and matching black trousers, a white waistcoat, a wing collar shirt, a bow tie, and a pair of patent shoes. If you don’t have these in your wardrobe, get them. It’s not something to be trifled with.
The best thing to do is to check out the invitation which stipulate the dress code. The “formal attire” can technically refer to the above for evening events, or morning dress. Chances are, your hosts just mean “smart”.
#2. Black Tie
Synonym with “dinner jackets”, “tuxedo”, “cravate noire”. Again, it doesn’t mean “a black tie”: it means a dinner suit, or a tuxedo if you’re American. This is different from a black suit, and the actual difference consists in the material: a fabric like grosgrain or silk and pants braiding down the leg.
You’re good to go even with a shirt with a turn-down collar, with detachable studs and cufflinks instead of buttons. If you really are not in the mood or you don’t have time to take care of that, you could probably get away with a normal white shirt.
In the matter of shoes, highly polished Oxfords are the best choice, although patent is acceptable. The dinner suit is as smart as it gets.
You shouldn’t wear a black suit because it’s not the same as the black tie. If you want to get it perfectly, you should stop your shirt showing between your jacket button and trouser waistband. Choose a black waistcoat.
“Semi-formal attire” is upper-class code for black tie so, again, depending on the circles you’re moving in, this could actually just mean smart-casual.
#3. Evening Dress a.k.a Eveningwear
This means black tie, but it’s also sometimes used (incorrectly) to refer to cocktail attire.
#4. Black Tie Optional
This one is the most misleading codes. What do we mean? A normal suit with a long tie. But it should be as close to a dinner suit in DNA as possible.
#5. Black Tie Alternative
Normally, black tie is asking you to operate within strictly defined parameters to create a uniform effect. The Black Tie Alternative should be more than the typical penguin suit. That could be a fabric like velvet, a colour or pattern, or some other choices. It should be possible to wear trainers at this dresscode, but that depends on the host and the context.
#6. Cocktail Attire
The cocktail attire doesn’t mean a loose shirt or a normal blouse. It refers to a suit, but with something of the night about it: fancy cut, slim fitting, a darker shade than usual, a bit of a sheen to it.
The key thing to these dress codes is that you don’t look as if you came overdressed or, even worse, underdressed.
Info Source: Fashionbeans
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