Black tie optional dress code guide part 6

Black tie optional dress code guideBlack tie optional dress code guide part 6

What not to wear for a black tie optional dress code, number 3:

Just as a tuxedo features a matching jacket and pants, except in the case of warm weather black tie, your suit should also feature a jacket and pants, as well as an optional waistcoat and they should all be cut from the same cloth.

What not to wear for a black tie optional dress code, number 4:

Just as you should be staying away from ties that are heavily patterned and brightly colored, an important point here, black-tie optional does not mean tie optional. Going tieless would simply be too informal a look for a gathering of this nature.

What not to wear for a black tie optional dress code, number 5:

A final and major faux pas for a black-tie optional event is wearing a different type of formal ensembles such as white tie or morning dress. Morning dress would simply be inappropriate for an event taking place in the evening of course, and because one should never exceed the level of dress of a party’s host, showing up to a black-tie or black-tie optional event in a white tie would not be something you would want to do.

What to do if you are hosting the event, number 1:

Let’s turn our attention to the potential hosts of a party that chooses to incorporate black-tie on some level. I suggest that you, as a host, use slightly different but much more clear terminology on potential invitations. This dress code is black tie preferred.

What to do if you are hosting the event, number 2: black-tie preferred

This terminology makes it clear to the attendees that black-tie will be worn by at least some of the guests at the party and that it is being actively encouraged by the host. Still, it is not absolutely required so a man who does not own or can not afford a tux does not absolutely have to wear one.

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