Cocktail attire for men guide part 3

Cocktail attire for men guide

Cocktail attire for men guide part 3

When you receive an invitation nowadays, it may read Cocktail attire, black tie optional, or formal, but back in the day, things were simpler. The dress code was either Black tie for less formal evening occasions and White tie for more formal ones. The women’s dresses were chosen accordingly. Today, for many men the tuxedo is the most formal garment they will ever wear, and even then it is just rented.

Basic rules for cocktail attire:

If the invitation asks for Cocktail Attire, men should wear: dark to a mid-grey suit, dress shirt in white or a muted color, necktie in subtle patterns or plains, pocket square, black dress shoes with a leather sole, over the calf socks that match the trousers or something else in your outfit. Make sure you are clean shaven and you have a proper haircut. Do not wear your tuxedo, that would be overdressed. For weddings, remember, this is the bride & groom’s day, so leave your pinstripe suit, bright colored ties, and flashy accessories at home, the couple should be the center of attention.

A tip for cocktail attire:

At a wedding, try to be properly dressed without being too flashy and always keep the bride and groom in mind. For cocktail parties and receptions, leave your business navies and grays in the closet and add a splash of color, be creative and feel free to choose whatever you think looks good on you and whatever you like, because at the end of the day it is important that you are happy with your outfit. If you have a vest, even a contrasting one, wear it if it pairs well with the suit. I hope I provided you with some good tips for cocktail attire for your next reception, have fun and enjoy company and drinks.