What is the dress you are going to wear to the next party? If you think that this is the concern of women alone, you need to think again. Modern men face similar difficulty many a times. The situation poses a greater difficulty when the invite mentions a dress code – formal wear.
Here is a quick look at what men and women need to wear to the events that come with this specification.
White tie events – these, opera opening nights, charity galas, weddings, require you to don your formal best.
For men: formal suit – pleated dress shirt (white) with French cuffs and wing collar, pique dress waistcoat (white), dress trousers (black), coattails (black), formal socks and shoes (patent leather) and cuff links (silver/pearls).
For women: classic gowns – styles (floor-length or ballerina, décolleté neckline, minimal embellishments, silhouettes (A-line, ball gown, empire, etc), and colors (white, black, navy, etc). Opt for a shawl, opera gloves, vintage jewelry, clutch and dress shoes.
Black tie occasions – these also require proper formals; however, some occasions do give you the chance to experiment.
For men: the tuxedo works well. However, you may also opt for a black or navy suit or a velvet dinner jacket. Add a hint of your signature style with a cool, classy watch or designer shoes.
For women: variety of choices – long flowing gowns with tight bodice and full skirt, ankle-length sheath dresses, designer separates, and many others are good for these gatherings. Match your accessories right and turn all heads your way!
Semi-formal dos – whether it is your best friend’s beach wedding or a cocktail party, opt for semi-formal attire that you think would be appropriate.
For men: let go of the tux; instead choose a well-tailored suit in dark shades. Stay away from bold colors, loud prints, embellishments or translucent shirts – makes you look more like a wannabe!
For women: long or short cocktail dresses are good choices. You can opt for different looks too – chic, sexy, feminine, sweet, and many others. However, do keep in mind the time as well as the mood of the party while you select your dress and accessories.