03 August 2009

What to wear, Where - 4 Dress Codes of Fashion and Style

fashion and style dress code

A dress code is a set of rules governing what garments may be worn together. Examples of dress codes are combinations such as "smart casual", or "morning dress". A classification of these codes is normally made for varying levels of formality and times of day. In traditional Western dressing, for men the more formal dress codes, such as "black tie", are highly codified with essentially fixed definitions, mostly unchanged for more than fifty years, while the more casual classifications change very quickly, and a world-wide or widely relevant discussion is impossible. For women, changes in fashion and style are more rapid.

In practical use, dress codes are either followed instinctively, enforced by peer pressure, so that people wear similar clothing in the same situations. Alternatively, at more formal events where a dress code is specified, invitees wear clothes at the specified level; if some variation is permitted (for example, "black tie preferred"), the host will wear the most formal option to save guests the embarrassment of out-dressing him. Appropriate national dress is generally permitted, and national variations are also widely worn as an exception to the trend of uniformity with peers, often in the form of headgear.

4 Dress Codes in almost all occassions:

1. Black Tie
Men should dress in a smart suit or tuxedo, with an ironed, tucked in shirt and tie. Women get a bit more freedom, having the choice between long or cocktail dresses, in a wide range of colors.

black tie with fashion and style

It’s a good idea to stick with the classics, black and white, and accessorize with bright red jewelry. This dress code does allow you to make a statement, but if you’re too crazy you might be denied entry.

Other Versions: White Tie, Formal Black Tie, Creative Black Tie (usually involves a theme)

2. Informal
For men, this means black trousers, and a shirt. However, you don’t need to look as smart as above, and you don’t need to wear a tie or jacket if you don’t want too.

informal dress with fashion and style

Women can wear short dresses, but check that it is an appropriate length, and killer heels. Again, aim for classic colors like red and green and add statement jewelry and big cocktail rings for a show stopping look.

Other Versions: Cocktail Attire, Semi Formal or Black Tie Optional

3. Dressy Casual
Trousers are fine for either sex, but no jeans. It’s advisable for men to stick to shirts or waistcoats, which still look smart and respectable.

dressy casual fashion and style

Women should avoid low cut tops and t shirts, and instead go for shirts, blouses, waistcoats, anything that looks smart without flashing too much flesh. Accessorize with long necklaces and sexy make up.

Other Versions: Smart Casual, Business Casual or Festive Casual (usually with a theme)

4. Casual
Anything goes! However, it’s always best to make a bit of an effort. If you must wear jeans, get a well fitting pair, and team them with heels. Tailored trousers are always in style too.

casual fashion and style

For men, try to avoid comedy T-shirts, you never know who is watching! Bear in mind where the event is being held, and make sure you won’t be uncomfortable. Remember, Fashion and Style First before you go socializing.

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