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Fashion Tip: Dress Code

Dress codes explained for men

Dress Code


This fashion tip is for all the guys out there that get clammy hands when they read 'Dress Code' instructions on an invitation...


Casual =
You're free to go as you please; shorts, jeans, t-shirts, flip flops...what ever makes you feel relaxed and comfortable. But don't over-dress - 'casual' never means a suit; and never wear an item of clothing with a stain on it - that's just gross.


Smart-casual =
Ah, the paradoxical dress code most men dread...the rules here are unspoken but held in high regard. A button-up collared shirt is compulsory, a jacket is optional, and any kind of sports trainer is definitely not welcome. Traditionally trousers apply to smart-casual; these days you can wear jeans, but they should be a dark wash and without any 'sand-blasting', rips or 'distressing' effects on the denim; essentially if they are clean and fitted like a trouser, just made out of denim, they'll pass. However 'old school' establishments, like a golf club or university, may still play by the old rules; which include no jeans what so ever, so a good idea would be to call ahead and ask the concierge what's expected.


Smart =
This means a suit, a button-up collared shirt, and maybe even a tie. Smart shoes are essential, so get the polishing kit out if the leather needs some attention.


Black tie =
All of the above - plus a bow tie or a tie, as a more casual option. This is the smartest of all dress codes; so make sure your suit is dry-cleaned, and your shirt is well ironed with a crisp collar. Shoes should look immaculate, so polish them till they shine!
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