Hopefully this post helps the other men out there [like me] who are confused what we’re meant to wear for certain dress codes.
Ok, so here’s the back story…I have been invited to an engagement party for two very close friends, and on the invite it said “Cocktail Attire” – Now normally I’m quite good at dressing correctly for the right occasion, but cocktail attire is something that has always confused me somewhat.
Is it a suit and no tie? Is it a a blazer with chinos?
What the hell is it?!
I had no idea, so I went to the google-machine and did some research.
While I was going through pages and pages of blogs, websites and other various online documents I realised that I wasn’t the only one who was confused by the “cocktail attire” request for events, so I’ve decided to put together my findings and am sharing what I’ve found and learnt.
Side note: Some guys [usually gay] have nooooo clue what they’re blogging about. Surprised? Me neither.
Ok, let’s get this post going…
When you’re invited to a white tie event, just give Fred Astaire realness to your outfit, and you’ll be right – Fred Astaire…swanky right?!
White Tie is the most formal dress code, and y’all should feel proud a punch to have such a flamboyant social life.
Generally, White Tie events are kept for royal events, and formal balls so if you’re reading this blog. I doubt very much you will be attending any of those events [no shade intended].
what you’ll need to attend this kind of event is composed by black tailcoat (with silk facings), white wingtip collar shirt (minimal in decoration), white waistcoat, white bow tie and black formal shoes.
Despite the name, it is also acceptable to wear a midnight/dark blue tuxedo to this event. Another variation on this dress code is a white white dinner jack with black pants – however, this look should be used only in warmer weather. Traditionally, Black tie attire is composed by black tailcoat [with silk facings], white wingtip collar shirt [minimal in decoration], white waistcoat, white bow tie and black formal shoes.
Black Tie Optional AKA Black Tie’s little cousin, also accepts a dark suit with a tie or bow tie.
a new relative to the family is “Creative Black Tie” so should your invite suggest this new dress code, it’s your chance to go wild!
If you opt for the suit instead of the tux, wear it with a plain white dress shirt, conservative tie, dress socks that match your suit colour, and a pair of well-shined shoes.
The most popular of all formal dress-codes. It’s still formal but leaves a little more room to creativity. You can sport a cool pattern in your tie, and in some cases, coloured socks.
However, suits and ties should always be in dark hues but never black (unless you are a priest).
Bold patterns are not easily accepted but a well-fitted windowpane suit can also work really well. Wear them with a pair of well-shined shoe.
The least formal of all dress-codes allows you to wear or not a tie. Patterns and textures are welcome, so are button-down shirts and dark jeans (no holes, no effects).
If you are in doubt of looking too informal, you probably are. So tuck in that shirt mister! Classic wool sport fabrics like tweed and windowpane are always recommended.
Make sure to not wear suit jackets as sport jackets, or you will go straight to style-hell. As for shoes, feel free to rock your chukka boots, loafers or brogues.
Hopefully that answers any questions male readers of this blog may have.
now I’m off to find myself some cocktail attire.