We all love a party. What we don’t love is the agonising over what to wear. If you’ve been invited to a party or event with a dress code, you might need some help deciphering what the particular code means. Here is a guide:
Black tie – This is fairly obvious and means a tuxedo.
White tie – This event will be super formal so men will be expected to wear white shirt, vest, tie and cummerbund.
Formal – This is often the same as black tie but means you can get away with wearing a dark coloured suit and tie instead of a tux, especially if the dress code states black tie optional.
Semi-Formal – This is a major headache as it’s open to too much interpretation. It often infers that a tux is not required but your safest bet is to wear a suit and tie.
Cocktail Wear – Again, a guy can get away with a suit and tie for this type of event. Another good option here would be a Nehru style jacket and shirt with no tie.
Smart Casual – This is another tricky dress code that leaves a wide margin for error. It is similar to business casual and a good rule of thumb is to think that it means no shorts or denim. To deck yourself out in smart casual, see the Mish Mash Menswear range at Louis Boyd
Casual or Informal – This is the easiest dress code for any event and simply means wear what you’re most comfortable in (within reason and good taste of course!).