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How to: meet the dress code


29 May 2018
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BLACK TIE: THE MOST RESTRICTIVE OF DRESS CODES. 



DO:
WEAR A TUXEDO, AND WITH BLACK BEING THE OPERATIVE WORD HERE. YOUR SHIRT NEEDS TO BE WHITE (NOT IVORY OR CREAM). WEAR IT WITH A BLACK BOW TIE WITH THE TEXTURE COORDINATED TO THE LAPEL OF THE TUXEDO. IF YOU’RE GOING WITH A SILK LAPEL, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A SILK BOW TIE.

SHOES ALSO NEED TO BE BLACK IN A PATENT LEATHER OR A BLACK OXFORD. MY PERSONAL FAVOURITE ARE TOM FORD PATENT LEATHER LACE-UP SHOES. THEY ARE A TIMELESS PIECE THAT FINISH OFF A BLACK TIE LOOK. FINISH THIS OFF WITH BLACK SOCKS. WE DON’T WANT TO ADD PATTERNS.

MY NUMBER 1 TIP FOR BLACK TIE IS TO KEEP IT SIMPLE. TO MAKE THE LOOK YOURS, ADD TEXTURES ON YOUR LAPEL, BOW TIE AND SHIRT. BUT DON’T GO OVER THE TOP!

DON’T:
NO PATTERNS! KEEP YOUR SUIT BLACK AND YOUR SHIRT WHITE.
ADDITIONALLY, NO BELT. BELTS DO NOT FIT INTO THE DRESS CODE FOR BLACK TIE. IF YOU NEED SOME SUPPORT, OPT FOR A CUMBERBUND INSTEAD.


FORMAL: THINK WEDDINGS.
DO:
KEEP YOUR SUIT A BLOCK COLOUR. OPT FOR NAVY, BLACK OR CHARCOAL. EVEN A LIGHT GREY IF THE WEATHER IS WARMER. SHIRTS ALSO NEED TO BE BLOCK COLOURS BUT ADD SOME COLOUR. BASIC WHITE OR INTRODUCE A BABY PINK OR BABY BLUE ARE THE WAY TO GO.

AT A FORMAL EVENT, YOU CAN ADD YOUR OWN TWIST TO THE LOOK. ACCESSORISE WITH COLOURFUL POCKET SQUARES AND TIES. GET CREATIVE WITH THIS! I ALWAYS RECOMMEND MATCHING COLOURS, NOT PATTERNS.

SHOES DEPEND ON THE SUIT COLOUR YOU DECIDE TO WEAR. IF YOU ARE WEARING A NAVY SUIT, OPT FOR A BROWN SHOE. BLACK, GREY AND CHARCOAL SUITS WORK BEST WITH A BLACK SHOE. HAVE FUN WITH SOCKS AND MATCH THEM WITH YOUR PANT COLOUR.

TAILORING IS SO IMPORTANT WHEN IT COMES TO PANT LENGTH. IF YOU ARE TALLER, HEM YOUR PANTS TO BREAK SLIGHTLY ABOVE YOUR SHOES SO YOU CAN SEE A LITTLE BIT OF SOCK. IF YOU ARE NOT AS TALL, HEM YOUR PANTS TO SIT ON THE SHOE WITH NO BREAK, THIS WILL MAKE YOU LOOK TALLER.

DON’T:
THIS IS NOT THE TIME FOR PATTERNED SUITS. AVOID PINSTRIPE AND CHECKED SUITS. OPT FOR A BLOCK COLOUR. THIS BEING SAID, WE DON’T WANT YOU TO LOOK LIKE YOU HAVE COME STRAIGHT FROM THE OFFICE. THE KEY TO THIS IS ADDING POPS OF COLOUR WITH YOUR ACCESSORIES. I LOVE A PURPLE POCKET SQUARE AND TIE WITH A LIGHT GREY SUIT. PLAY AROUND, AND SEE WHAT COLOURS WORK

MY FINAL TIP: IF YOU’RE ATTENDING A WEDDING, MAKE SURE YOU AREN’T OUTSHINING THE GROOM!


COCKTAIL: THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN HAVE MORE FUN. STAY AWAY FROM PLAIN BUSINESS SUITS AND GET MORE CREATIVE.
DO:
COCKTAIL IS TIME FOR YOU TO ADD YOUR OWN CREATIVE FLARE! COLOUR, CHECK AND PRINT SUITS ARE ABSOLUTELY ALLOWED. IF YOU DECIDE TO GO WITH A PATTERNED SUIT, MAKE SURE YOUR SHIRT IS PLAIN. HOWEVER IF YOU ARE GOING FOR A BLOCK COLOUR SUIT, TRY A PATTERNED SHIRT. AT COCKTAIL EVENTS, YOU CAN CHOOSE BETWEEN A TIE OR A BOW TIE. MAKE IT AS FLAMBOYANT AND OUT THERE AS YOU WANT AS LONG AS THE COLOURS MATCH THE REST OF YOUR OUTFIT.

I PERSONALLY LOVE A DOUBLE BRESTED SUIT FOR A COCKTAIL EVENT, IF YOU CHOOSE TO DO THIS, MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A BOWTIE NOT A TIE.
HAVE FUN WITH SOCKS, BRIGHT COLOURS WITH PATTERNS, BUT MAKE SURE THEY DON’T MATCH YOUR PANTS OR SHOES TOO CLOSELY.
HAVE FUN WITH A COCKTAIL DRESS CODE. TRY DIFFERENT LOOKS AND SEE WHAT WORKS. ADD YOUR OWN FLAIR. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THAT YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR LOOK

DON’T:
DON’T WEAR A BLACK SUIT! KEEP IT FUN FOR COCKTAIL EVENTS. TRY TO NOT WEAR A PLAIN OR BUSINESS SUIT, BUT IF YOU DO MAKE SURE YOU OPT FOR A PATTERNED SHIRT AND BRIGHT ACCESSORIES.