Dress Code Explanations
When an event calls for formal attire, it’s a special occasion and you don’t want to get it wrong. Here’s our advice for women and men.
For this dress code, follow our guidelines for “jacket required“, with the obvious modification that men should also wear a tie.
Men no longer have a choice about whether to wear a jacket: the host at a “jacket required” establishment can and almost certainly will deny entry to guests sporting only their shirtsleeves.
To maintain a classy look and feel, certain venues may indicate a dress code of “jacket preferred”. This means just what it says: you won’t be automatically turned away because the man in your party doesn’t have a jacket, but you might not get a prime table in a high-visibility area.
Even in a restaurant or nightclub environment, “business casual” indicates a relaxed but professional look – something you might wear to the office on the day of a staff meeting.
With “casual dress”, anything goes. Let your comfort and the weather be your guide. Still, it’s important to use your best judgment. No matter how casual the dress, everything you wear should fit you well at your current weight, and be in good clean condition.
When the dress code is “smart casual”, it’s time to step it up. Aim for a look that is neat and pulled together, while still considering comfort and your own personal style.