Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Office Dress Code Etiquette

Dress Code Etiquette For Men

Are you confused about all these different types of dress codes? Are you uncertain if it is necessary to spend the money to rent a tuxedo for a function if a regular 2-piece suit might do? What about neckwear? Do you need a bow tie or is a necktie the preferred piece of accessory? Below is a helpful explanation on the 5 most common dress codes for men.

Formal, or "Black Tie" Attire:
If you are invited for a formal event, the chances are the invitation will call for "Black Tie Attire". Black Tie is the most formal of all dress codes and traditionally will require you to wear a bow tie in combination with a classic tuxedo. Not just any bow tie will do, but the solid color black bow tie is the one to choose. The gold standard for "Black Tie Attire": Black tuxedo jacket, matching black tuxedo pants, white dress shirt, black bow tie, black shoes, black cummerbund or vest, and white pocket square.

"Warm Weather" Back Tie Dress Code:
As the name indicates, warm weather black tie means that the event will take place during the day, and/or in warm weather. In addition, it is often times associated with events occurring under open-air. Similar to traditional "Black Tie" attire, "Warm Weather Black Tie" means you need to wear a tux and a bow tie. The preferred bow tie is still black, even though solid color white, or silver bow ties are an acceptable alternative. The black tuxedo jacket is typically switched to a white one. Not only is the white jacket quite elegant, but it will also be much cooler and more comfortable when worn on a hot sunny day.

"Black Tie" Optional:
Black Tie" optional dress code is also often called "semi-formal" dress code. As the name suggests, tuxedo and bow tie is acceptable, but the majority of guests will dress slightly less formal. Most common are dark 2-piece suits with white dress shirt, and elegant solid color tie. The necktie should be on the slightly more formal side. As a general rule: The darker the necktie, the more formal it will appear.

"Business" Attire:
Depending on your industry and your company's culture, business attire can vary widely. Traditional business attire consists of 2-piece suit, dress shirt, and necktie. The most popular dress shirt colors are white, blue, gray, and even light pink. If you are invited in for a job interview dress on the slightly more consertvative side. A dark charcoal gray suit, white dress shirt, and diagonal striped tie in not too flashy colors is a great choice. The most common necktie colors are dark blue and burgundy red. Striped neckties are also common for business attire as they have a classy look that is timeless and not too flashy.

"Business Casual" Dress Code
Don't wear a necktie or a bow tie for a "Business Casual" meeting. The goal here is to dress nice, but not too formal. No full suit, and no neckwear is needed. The basic outfit consists of: Dress shoes, dress pants, and dress shirts. A non-wrinkly tugged-in polo shirted with nicely pressed Khaki pants are slightly less formal, but well acceptable for "Business Casual" attire. Stay away from tennis shoes, shorts, sandals, and jeans!

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