Some invitations stipulate a dress code. This is so everyone is dressed to the same level and no-one feels uncomfortably over/underdressed – it’s nothing to get all revolutionary about. Here are the codes, just so you don’t have to look them up anywhere else. Let’s explain…
White tie signifies a very rare, extremely formal event requiring proper ball gowns, top hats, tiaras and gloves and stuff.
Black tie indicates smart evening wear. For women, this means a cocktail dress, long or short, and any colour you like, including black.
Morning dress is often used for weddings or a race meeting where you might bump into a member of the royal family. It means formal day wear: a smart suit or knee-length dress and probably a hat.
Evening wear means smart and evening. (but not as uptight as black tie).
Smart casual means exactly what it says. Clean and comfortable: no jeans, no sportswear.
You’ve been warned! Happy styling!