The Decoder: The Ultimate Guide To Men’s Event Dressing

White Tie (Formal Dress):

Most likely, you’ve never heard of White Tie, as it’s even more formal than black tie. Most white-tie affairs are high society, royalty, or diplomatic events. Rarely this dress code extends to high-formality award ceremonies and British sporting events, but that’s less common. In the unlikely event that you’ve been invited to one of these upper crust events, get ready for tailcoats and a vest, or a white tie.

Black Tie:

If you’ve been requested to wear black tie, then:

1) You’ve probably been invited to a wedding (or prom)

2) You’re going to need a Tuxedo, buddy. Stick to black or navy (our personal favorite for 2017 – check out our spotlight here)

Business:

If your invitation request you dress for Business, you’re looking at a matched suit. For more conservative events play it safe with dark, solid colored suits or a simple pinstripe. A white dress shirt and conservative tie finish off the look. For less conservative/social events (particularly daytime) you can opt for lighter colors or more vivid patterns.

Business Casual:

Many of you are probably familiar with this phrase if you work a corporate job. Jackets are still preferred, but not required, and they do not have to match your pants. Today’s run-of-the-mill business casual is a navy blue blazer with light to medium gray slacks or khakis.The word “casual” on an invitation infers a fair amount of flexibility. If you’re looking to be on the dressier end of the spectrum, opt for a blazers or sports jackets. For those going the more casual route sweaters or dress shirts without a top layer are still acceptable. If you’re looking to play it safe, show up with a jacket and tie – you can always strip one (or both!) off.

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