With the upcoming holiday season, numerous party and special event invitations are likely to start flooding your mailbox. Many will include specific dress codes, cheery reminders to bring gifts or food. And while picking out a gift for a white elephant party is no easy task, dressing for a specific occasion can be a confusing and frustrating time. After all, what is the difference between formal and semi-formal, or informal and casual attire? It can be a little tricky understanding precisely what the host is expecting, but there are always some basic standards you can follow when in doubt.
Formal Formal attire is the least common dress style and is only used for high-end events like extravagant weddings and top political dinners. An invitation to this type of event would require you to wear a white bow tie and tails. There is no exception in this case, it is usually a requirement to enter the event.
Black Tea black tie event is slightly less formal but still requires you to wear a tuxedo with a black tie. Some trendier events allow guests to forego the black bow tie and wear a black shirt instead, but this is not common, so when in doubt stick to the black bow tie. Semi-Formal is more common and often used for weddings and special events. If your invitation denotes that semi-formal attire is required, this means you do not necessarily need to wear a tuxedo. However, a dark suit with a dark tie and dark shoes is required. This is a full three-piece suit with the jack included.
Informal Informal is very similar to semi-formal, where men are required to wear a full suit. However, an informal dress code means you can substitute a full suit for a nice dress shirt, tie, blazer, and a pair of dark khakis. Colors should still be dark, like black, dark brown or navy, however. Dressy Casual Dressy casual allows you to forget about the suit though you should still wear nice dress pants with a dress shirt, tie, and blazer. Dark colors are not necessarily required.
Casual Casual wear allows you to ditch the tie and jacket for a pair of nice trousers and a dress shirt or polo. You may need to use some common sense here because in some cases a jacket may be required. It is always a good idea to bring a blazer along just in case. You can always leave it behind in the car. Business Attire To add more confusion to the mix, these dress styles may be slightly different in the business industry. Here is a brief look at the four main business dress styles for men.
Business Formal – This dress style requires you to wear a dark suit, tie and nice dress shoes. Business Dress – With this dress style you can opt to wear a dark suit, or drop it down a level and wear khakis with a dress shirt and tie.
Business Casual – Business casual allows you to forget the tie, but still require nice slacks and a blazer. During the warmer months, you will get away with khakis and polo shirts allowing you to leave your jacket at home. Cocktail – Cocktail attire has the same dress code as business dress allowing you to choose between a suit or a blazer and khakis.
To prepare for the upcoming event season, you may want to add some nice dress pants, dress and casual shirts and blazers to your wardrobe. One important aspect of every dress code is that you wear clothing that looks great and fits perfectly. If you have trouble finding clothing that looks great on you, stores that sell big and tall clothing for men may be the perfect solution. These stores offer a wide range of styles sizes designed to match every big and tall man’s shape and the clothing looks perfect on them.