De-code the Dress Code

Black Tie

For the Women

If the occasion is a high end wedding then wear a gown. If the event is a work function it’s more appropriate to wear a little black dress with a statement jewellery.

The best way to figure out what to wear is to dress according to what you expect the host to wear.

  • Formal evening gown
  • Elegant cocktail dress
  • Little black dress
  • Cocktail dress

For the Men

  • A black tuxedo jacket and matching pants
  • White shirt with studs and cuff links
  • Black bow tie
  • Black cummerbund to match tie or a vest
  • Optional braces to really get a good fit
  • Black patent shoes and dress socks

Black Tie (Optional)

For the Women

Women can wear anything from a long dress to a little black dress.

  • Formal evening gown
  • Dressy cocktail dress
  • A little black dress
  • Dressy separate
  • Cocktail dress

For the Men

  • Tuxedo
  • Dark suit
  • White dress shirt
  • Tie
  • Leather dress shoes
  • Dark dress sock

Creative Black Tie

For the Women

  • Formal floor length evening gown
  • Dressy cocktail dress
  • Your dressiest little black dress
  • Fun or unique accessories
  • Embellished clutch or hair piece

For the Men

Tuxedo combined with a black shirt or a red bow tie or patterned bow tie and cummerbund.

White Tie

You would wear this type of look to charity fundraisers, government ceremonies, weddings, and the opera.

For the Women

  • Formal floor length eventing gown
  • Long gloves (optional)
  • Accessorise with glamorous jewels
  • Up­do hairstyle

For the Men

  • Black dress coat (with tails)
  • Matching pants
  • White bow tie
  • White shirt
  • Shirt studs and cuff links
  • White vest
  • Braces to ensure a good fit
  • Cummerbund (optional)
  • Black patent shoes and black dress socks

Cocktail

For the Women

Short dresses; make your look fun by adding statement jewellery.

For the Men

Dark suits with a tie.

Festive (Holidays)

For the Women

  • Cocktail dress
  • Long dressy skirt and top
  • Pants suit with a dressy top
  • A little black dress
  • Holiday colour

For the Men

Men you can add a bit of colour. You might choose to go tie­less and keep your top button undone.

  • Seasonal sport coat or blazer in colour of choice, and slacks
  • Open­collar shirt, or dress shirt
  • Tie—festive or with a holiday them

Lounge

For the Women

  • Wear a dress that would be be appropriate for brunch or afternoon tea
  • The dress should be knee length or slightly above the knee
  • The dress shouldn’t be too sparkly or low­cut
  • Wear a jacket or shawl to cover the arms

For the Men

  • Dark suit
  • White shirt
  • Tie optional

Semi-formal

For the Women

  • Have fun with separates
  • Long skirts
  • Cute matching two­piece
  • Cocktail dress
  • A little black dress
  • Long dressy skirt and top
  • Dressy separate

For the Men

  • Dark, business suit
  • Matching vest
  • Dress shirt
  • Tie
  • Leather dress shoes and dark dress sock

Business Formal

For the Women

  • Tailored dress
  • Pantsuit
  • Stocking (optional in summer)
  • Business style dress
  • Dress with a jacket
  • Heel

For the Men

  • This is for semi­formal events such as work lunch and conferences
  • Dark business suit
  • Matching vest (optional)
  • Tie
  • Leather dress shoes
  • Dark dress sock

Business Casual

For the Women

Women can wear anything from a long dress to a little black dress.

  • Pants
  • Blazer
  • Pencil skirt
  • Fun blouse
  • Dress
  • Shirt and jerse

For the Men

  • Sport coat or blazer
  • Trousers or chinos (no jeans)
  • Polo shirt
  • Dress shirt, casual button­down shirt, open ­ collar
  • Tie optional
  • Loafers (no sneakers

Smart Casual

For the Women

  • Fashionable dres
  • Heel

For the Men

  • Tailored trousers
  • Shirt
  • Blazer or jacke

Dressy Casual

For the Women

  • Jeans
  • Smart top
  • Ankle boot

For the Men

  • Dress up your favourite pair of jeans with a blaze
  • Tie optional

Casual

For the Women

  • Sundress
  • Long or short skirt
  • Khakis or nice jeans
  • Shorts
  • Casual button­down blouse
  • Plant T­shirt, polo shirt, turtlenec

For the Men

  • Anything goes including jeans and sneakers. Just make sure your jeans don’t have holes
  • in them
  • Polo shirts
  • Nice shirt
  • Khakis
  • Cargo or Bermuda shorts
  • Loafers, sandal