【Decoding Dress Codes】An Expert Guide That Men Should Learn

Speaking of Dress Code, the first thing you might think of is the "theme" of a party, like cartoon characters or movie characters. But now we are going to talk about the dress code of social occasions or the work event such as office holiday parties.

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There’s no doubt about it, men’s dress codes can be confusing. For example, when you receive an invitation saying “Black Tie”, and you wear a black tie for it, that will be awkward. So let's learn about some of the major dress code so you can feel confident in what you will be wearing.

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White Tie

A black tuxedo with tails, white shirt, white bow tie, vest, and white pocket square. The most orthodox White Tie is worn by Western aristocrats at a very formal evening occasion. It's not the usual dress code for everyone, but very common for the royal family or a president at a formal party.

Black Tie & Creative Black Tie

△ From left to right: Chris Evens, Ryan Reynolds, David Beckham; credit to deavita, fashionbeans, ahume

△ From left to right: Chris Evens, Ryan Reynolds, David Beckham; credit to deavita, fashionbeans, ahume

Black Tie and Creative Black Tie are for weddings, private dinner parties, dance parties or the red carpet. Black Tie means dark tuxedo with a black bow tie and white dress shirt. Indeed, it's a quite boring outfit so it evolved to the Creative Black Tie, with more creative color and accessories. You can opt for any color and fabric for the suit jacket.

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Semi-Formal & Business Formal

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△From left to right: wear@Levitate Style, machovibes, Matt Bomer

One of the most common outfit for businessmen are Semi-Formal and Business Formal. Generally, you will need a dark tone 3-piece suit, for example a black suit with a vest, light tone shirt, and necktie. The black suit is a safe option, but sometimes it is just plain and boring. So go for other dark tone such as dark gray, deep red or navy which are much more fashionable and easy to handle as well.

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Business Casual & Smart Casual

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△From left to right: credit to Pinterest, wear@Levitate Style, ural.space

Business causal and smart causal are very common among workplaces and networking occasions. An easier way to understand this dress code is ‘half of Business Formal’. One rule to mind is to bring a suit jacket or a sports coat which is more choice in colors and fabrics. For shirts and ties, you can match them with your own preferences. You can also opt for a pair of dark tone jeans for the bottom.

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by Olivia Lau @ FRESTYLE Team