Friday, May 23, 2014

How to Dress for a Formal Event

Wondering what to wear to your next event?  We know that most people don't dress up all the time - and you may not remember what the formal terms really mean.  We know the proper formal attire - So, we've created a simple outline to help you! 


White Tie
Most formal event attire, but extremely rare.

Men:  Black Tail Coat, White Piqué Wing-Collared Shirt with Stiff Front, Suspenders, Shirt Studs and Cuff Links, White Vest and Bow Tie, White Gloves (optional), Black Patent Shoes and Black Dress Socks
Women:  Formal Floor Length Evening or Ball Gown, White Gloves (optional) 


Ivonne D by Mon Cheri Dress 212D71


Mac Duggal Dress 82063R



Black Tie
(Formal)
More common and a little less formal than white tie.

Men:  Black Tuxedo Jacket and Pants, Formal White Shirt, Shirt Studs and Cuff Links, Black Bow Tie, Black Cummerbund or Vest, Black Patent Shoes and Black Dress Socks

 

Women:  Formal Floor Length Evening Gown, Formal Cocktail Dress

Ivonne D by Mon Cheri Dress 113D00


Mac Duggal Dress 1417D



Creative Black Tie
What prom really is.

Men:  Tuxedo Jacket and Pants paired with Trendy Items, such as Colored Shirts or Matching Colored Bow Ties, Cummerbunds, and Vests


      Women:  Formal Floor-Length Evening Gown, Formal Cocktail Dress, Fun and Unique Accessories

 La Femme Dress 20060

 Angela & Alison Dress 41039

Sherri Hill Dress 11039


Black Tie Optional
Optional does not mean casual!

Men:  Tuxedo or Dark Suit with White Dress Shirt and Tie, Leather Dress Shoes and Dark Dress Socks


   
Women:  Formal Floor-Length Evening Gown, Formal Cocktail Dress, “Little Black Dress”, Dressy Separates
 

 Sherri Hill Dress 21208



Business Formal
For work-related formal functions.

Men:  Dark Business Suit, Matching Vest (optional), Dress Shirt, Conservative Tie, Leather Dress Shoes and Dark Dress Socks


Women:  Suit, Business-Style Dress, Dress with Jacket, Stockings






Semi-Formal
(Cocktail) 
 The least formal event. 

Men:  Dark Business Suit, Matching Vest (optional), Dress Shirt, Tie, Leather Dress Shoes and Dark Dress Socks


Women: Short Cocktail Dress, “Little Black Dress”, Dressy Separates 
 
La Femme Dress 19725

La Femme Dress 19832


Remember, when in doubt - ALWAYS overdress!

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