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Dress code. Just a mention of it makes most of us feel uncomfortable, obligated, and generally less excited about an event or activity that requires to wear something that would has to fit any dress code guidelines.

But why don’t we like dress codes? What if they are actually a great way for keeping things professional, what if they ensure right atmosphere for right setting and there is way more than just formal dress code?

Today, we will talk about dress codes, and answer the important question: Why dress codes matter?


First things first: What is a dress code?


According to Google, the definition of a dress code is:

a set of rules, usually written and posted, specifying the required manner of dress at a school, office, club, restaurant, etc.


In other words, it’s a set of rules one should follow to look appropriately according to setting a person is attending.


Now, when we know what dress code is, let’s look at different types of dress codes. There is 6 major types of dress codes: casual, business casual, smart casual, semi-formal, black tie, and white tie. Each of type dress code is designed for different occasions, and therefore, requires different clothing to be worn. It may be overwhelming at first, but don’t worry! Here is the best dress code breakdown you’ll ever find:


Casual

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What is it:

Casual dress code generally stands for no dress code. Casual means comfortable and simple - something you would wear on a daily basis. It can also be referred as “informal”. With this dress code you have a wide range of options and no border lines.

Where to wear:

Wear it everywhere, where the dress code is unspecified. You can wear it to work (if your employer does not require business casual or similar form of attire), shopping, coffee shop date (if you’re invited to a more of a high-end place, try smart casual, or even semi-formal), or just a walk.

What to wear:

This dress code is very similar for men and women: you can wear literally anything: jeans, shorts, skirts, polo shirts, t-shirts, dresses, pullover, sneakers, ballet-flats, and sandals. Any comfortable and simple clothing is appropriate. Colors, prints, and bright accents are welcome! (If you are dressing casual to work, please be mindful: don’t wear shorts or dresses that are too short, crop-tops, or something with a very low cut).


Business Casual

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What is it:

Business casual is less formal than business attire, but more “serious” and professional-looking than casual.

Where to wear:

Wear it to your work interview, office, business meeting, or anywhere where you want to look professional, neat, and businesslike.

What to wear:

Remember: no jeans or shorts! Avoid wearing sneakers and flip-flops. Natural materials are in favor. Solid colors are prefered over bright colors and different prints.

Cotton long-sleeved button-down shirts, cardigans, wool or cotton pants, leather belt and shoes for men; silk blouses, cotton sweaters, twinsets, dresses and skirts that are appropriate length (not short) for women would be the best choice.

Smart casual

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What is it:

Smart casual is, in essence, a “smart pack” that combines casual and business casual, and allows more flexibility in personal fashion resulting in presentable look with a touch of style.

Where to wear:

Smart casual should generally be worn in the same settings that one would wear for both business casual and casual attire.

What to wear:

Combine casual and business casual with little accents and accessories: wear a necklace or a bracelet to add a touch of chic to your outfit. A scarf made from linen, cotton, or silk would be a great piece to add, in order to give a personal touch to a look. Similarly - blazer would be a perfect choice for making any outfit more stylish, put together and chic, yet casual.

Semi-formal

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What is it:

Semi-formal is a fine line between casual and formal attires, and sets different standards for various events. As a rule, semi-formal is more elegant, dressy, and chic version of that what you would wear to an office, but less formal than a tuxedo and a gown.


Bonus Tip: If an event is scheduled after 6pm - lean towards more formal attire. If the event is held before 6pm - choose more casual side of a semi-formal dress code.


Where to wear:
Semi-formal is usually worn to such events as weddings, engagements, anniversaries, and various parties (think holiday parties with your co-workers, high-end restaurants, and similar settings).

What to wear:

Choose clothing made from such materials as silk, satin, or chasemere. Such jewelry as pearls, gemstones, silver and gold are all appropriate. Men should wear a tailed or tailless jacket (think of how formal the event is), light-colored shirt (preferably white) and a white or a black bow tie (optional). Women have a greater range of options: a pantsuit, a skirt with a dressy top, or a cocktail dress with high heels include some of the options.


Bonus tip: when it doubt, wear a more formal outfit.


Black Tie

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What is it:

Black tie is a dress code for formal events that as a rule start after 6pm. Such dress code is designated for high-end events and require a formal attire with more defined guidelines for both men and women.

Where to wear:

As a rule, you will be notified about the Black Tie dress code by the person, who is inviting you to attend the event. In most cases, Black Tie dress code would be appropriate at such events as wedding, gala, or opening of a gallery.

What to wear:

Men: tuxedos is the way to go (and the only option, to be honest).

Women: full-length gown are preferable, cocktail dresses, however, are also an option, as long as you choose richer colors (think dark metallics, black, and jewel tones - in other words, don’t show up in yellow or neon-green dress, as light colors will look too casual).

White Tie

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What is it:

The most rare of all dress codes. White tie is the most formal of all dress codes and typically associated with presidential dinners, royal affairs, as well as state dinners and formal balls.

White tie  dress code - the most formal type of dress codes. White tie is typically associated with royal affair, presidential and state dinners, as well as formal balls.

Where to wear:

As stated previously, White Tie should be worn in such settings as presidential dinners, royal affairs, as well as state dinners and formal balls.
What to wear:
Men: traditionally - black tailcoat, white starched shirt, and white bow tie; high-waisted black trousers and a leather belt. (Nowadays you can wear variety of shades, but white, grey and black are most preferable).

Women: ball gown or full-length evening dress of rich colors paired with high heels.

Accessories for both men and women are acceptable, such as top hat and white scarf for men, and jewelry, evening gloves and a small bag for women.


Congratulations! Now you know almost everything about the dress codes, except only one thing - Why dress codes matter?

Putting it in one sentence: Dress code is people’s first impression of you.

People reflect your professionality, preparedness, manners (think cleanliness of your shoes and crevices on your shirt), sense of style, and your social skills. In fact, according to some studies, you are more likely to get a job when coming to an interview dress accordingly a business casual dress code, as it tells your employer about your professionalism level.

Overall, dress code can be your biggest enemy or your secret weapon. It only depends on you.

Just follow these simple guidelines, and you will always be on top of the game!

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Ask them on our social media using #CoutureSpy


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Dress code. Just a mention of it makes most of us feel uncomfortable, obligated, and generally less excited about an event or activity that requires to wear something that would has to fit any dress code guidelines.

But why don’t we like dress codes? What if they are actually a great way for keeping things professional, what if they ensure right atmosphere for right setting and there is way more than just formal dress code?

Today, we will talk about dress codes, and answer the important question: Why dress codes matter?


First things first: What is a dress code?


According to Google, the definition of a dress code is:

a set of rules, usually written and posted, specifying the required manner of dress at a school, office, club, restaurant, etc.


In other words, it’s a set of rules one should follow to look appropriately according to setting a person is attending.


Now, when we know what dress code is, let’s look at different types of dress codes. There is 6 major types of dress codes: casual, business casual, smart casual, semi-formal, black tie, and white tie. Each of type dress code is designed for different occasions, and therefore, requires different clothing to be worn. It may be overwhelming at first, but don’t worry! Here is the best dress code breakdown you’ll ever find:


Casual

Casual_dresscode_1 

Csual_dresscode_2

What is it:

Casual dress code generally stands for no dress code. Casual means comfortable and simple - something you would wear on a daily basis. It can also be referred as “informal”. With this dress code you have a wide range of options and no border lines.

Where to wear:

Wear it everywhere, where the dress code is unspecified. You can wear it to work (if your employer does not require business casual or similar form of attire), shopping, coffee shop date (if you’re invited to a more of a high-end place, try smart casual, or even semi-formal), or just a walk.

What to wear:

This dress code is very similar for men and women: you can wear literally anything: jeans, shorts, skirts, polo shirts, t-shirts, dresses, pullover, sneakers, ballet-flats, and sandals. Any comfortable and simple clothing is appropriate. Colors, prints, and bright accents are welcome! (If you are dressing casual to work, please be mindful: don’t wear shorts or dresses that are too short, crop-tops, or something with a very low cut).


Business Casual

Business_casual_1

Business_casual_2

What is it:

Business casual is less formal than business attire, but more “serious” and professional-looking than casual.

Where to wear:

Wear it to your work interview, office, business meeting, or anywhere where you want to look professional, neat, and businesslike.

What to wear:

Remember: no jeans or shorts! Avoid wearing sneakers and flip-flops. Natural materials are in favor. Solid colors are prefered over bright colors and different prints.

Cotton long-sleeved button-down shirts, cardigans, wool or cotton pants, leather belt and shoes for men; silk blouses, cotton sweaters, twinsets, dresses and skirts that are appropriate length (not short) for women would be the best choice.

Smart casual

Smart_casual_1

Smart_casual_2

What is it:

Smart casual is, in essence, a “smart pack” that combines casual and business casual, and allows more flexibility in personal fashion resulting in presentable look with a touch of style.

Where to wear:

Smart casual should generally be worn in the same settings that one would wear for both business casual and casual attire.

What to wear:

Combine casual and business casual with little accents and accessories: wear a necklace or a bracelet to add a touch of chic to your outfit. A scarf made from linen, cotton, or silk would be a great piece to add, in order to give a personal touch to a look. Similarly - blazer would be a perfect choice for making any outfit more stylish, put together and chic, yet casual.

Semi-formal

Semi_format_1

Semi_format_2

 

What is it:

Semi-formal is a fine line between casual and formal attires, and sets different standards for various events. As a rule, semi-formal is more elegant, dressy, and chic version of that what you would wear to an office, but less formal than a tuxedo and a gown.


Bonus Tip: If an event is scheduled after 6pm - lean towards more formal attire. If the event is held before 6pm - choose more casual side of a semi-formal dress code.


Where to wear:
Semi-formal is usually worn to such events as weddings, engagements, anniversaries, and various parties (think holiday parties with your co-workers, high-end restaurants, and similar settings).

What to wear:

Choose clothing made from such materials as silk, satin, or chasemere. Such jewelry as pearls, gemstones, silver and gold are all appropriate. Men should wear a tailed or tailless jacket (think of how formal the event is), light-colored shirt (preferably white) and a white or a black bow tie (optional). Women have a greater range of options: a pantsuit, a skirt with a dressy top, or a cocktail dress with high heels include some of the options.


Bonus tip: when it doubt, wear a more formal outfit.


Black Tie

Black_Tie_1

Black_tie_2

Black_tie_3

 

What is it:

Black tie is a dress code for formal events that as a rule start after 6pm. Such dress code is designated for high-end events and require a formal attire with more defined guidelines for both men and women.

Where to wear:

As a rule, you will be notified about the Black Tie dress code by the person, who is inviting you to attend the event. In most cases, Black Tie dress code would be appropriate at such events as wedding, gala, or opening of a gallery.

What to wear:

Men: tuxedos is the way to go (and the only option, to be honest).

Women: full-length gown are preferable, cocktail dresses, however, are also an option, as long as you choose richer colors (think dark metallics, black, and jewel tones - in other words, don’t show up in yellow or neon-green dress, as light colors will look too casual).

White Tie

white_tie_1

white_tie_2

What is it:

The most rare of all dress codes. White tie is the most formal of all dress codes and typically associated with presidential dinners, royal affairs, as well as state dinners and formal balls.

White tie  dress code - the most formal type of dress codes. White tie is typically associated with royal affair, presidential and state dinners, as well as formal balls.

Where to wear:

As stated previously, White Tie should be worn in such settings as presidential dinners, royal affairs, as well as state dinners and formal balls.
What to wear:
Men: traditionally - black tailcoat, white starched shirt, and white bow tie; high-waisted black trousers and a leather belt. (Nowadays you can wear variety of shades, but white, grey and black are most preferable).

Women: ball gown or full-length evening dress of rich colors paired with high heels.

Accessories for both men and women are acceptable, such as top hat and white scarf for men, and jewelry, evening gloves and a small bag for women.


Congratulations! Now you know almost everything about the dress codes, except only one thing - Why dress codes matter?

Putting it in one sentence: Dress code is people’s first impression of you.

People reflect your professionality, preparedness, manners (think cleanliness of your shoes and crevices on your shirt), sense of style, and your social skills. In fact, according to some studies, you are more likely to get a job when coming to an interview dress accordingly a business casual dress code, as it tells your employer about your professionalism level.

Overall, dress code can be your biggest enemy or your secret weapon. It only depends on you.

Just follow these simple guidelines, and you will always be on top of the game!

Have any questions left about dress-code?

Ask them on our social media using #CoutureSpy


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