Formal Occasions & Dress Codes

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.

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Black tie indicates smart evening wear. For women, this means a cocktail dress, long or short, and any colour you like, including black.

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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.

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Evening wear means smart and evening. (but not as uptight as black tie).

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Smart casual means exactly what it says. Clean and comfortable: no jeans, no sportswear.

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You’ve been warned! Happy styling!

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