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KNOW THE DIFFERENCE: DRESS CODES

Not quite sure what to wear with the invitation says “Black Tie Optional”? We’ve broken down the formal dress codes you can dress appropriately


White Tie Attire: a long black jacket with tails, a white pique vest, a bow tie, and black formal shoes

The invite says: “White Tie”

This is the most formal of all wedding dress codes (think state dinners and the Oscars). Men should wear a tuxedo, a long black jacket with tails, a white pique vest, and a bow tie. Black, formal shoes and even white gloves for dancing are appropriate.

Black Tie Attire: a tuxedo, a black bow tie, vest or cummerbund, and patent leather shoes.

The invite says: “Black Tie”

A formal wedding dress code. Men should wear a tuxedo, a black bow tie, vest or cummerbund, and patent leather shoes.

Black Tie Optional : a tuxedo or a formal dark suit and tie.

The invite says: “Formal” or “Black Tie Optional”

The wording here suggests something slightly less formal than black tie. This means that a tuxedo isn’t required but the event is still formal enough for one to be appropriate. Men should wear a tuxedo or a formal dark suit and tie.

Dressy Casual Attire:  a suit and tie, or vest with dress pants dark or light depending on the season and time of day.

The invite says: “Semi-formal” or “Dressy Casual”

Depending on the time of the event, you’ll want to dress somewhere between formal and casual. Wear darker, more formal hues for an evening fete; opt for light colors and fabrics for a daytime wedding. Men should wear a suit and tie, or vest with dress pants dark or light depending on the season and time of day.

Destination Formal Dress Codes: a summer suit with a linen shirt (ties optional), linen pants or khakis, and sandals.

The invite says: “Destination Formal”

This may suggest a graceful beach wedding – Dress for the elements (sun, sand, and water), bright colors. Men should wear a summer suit with a linen shirt (ties optional), linen pants or khakis, and sandals.

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