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Feature | Proper prior planning
Don’t want guests rocking up in boardies
and singlets? Then make sure your invitation
specifies the level of dress you expect.
A white tie soiree calls for the highest level
of sophistication and elegance. Ladies should
pay extra attention to hair and makeup, while
the fellas need to look slick and well groomed.
Men Tail coat and trousers, cummerbund or
vest, white bow and white gloves.
Ladies Floor-length gown, with understated
but chic accessories.
Black Tie/ Formal
A black tie event demands formal attire with
a dash of flair – femmes fatales can be slightly
more experimental with jewellery and hairpieces
than at a white-tie event
Men Bow tie with a dark tuxedo/dinner suit.
Ladies Floor-length gown (cocktail dresses are
often accepted, but don’t hold high hopes of
gracing the social pages).
Ladies should be oozing glamour but can be
adventurous with accessories and footwear. Men
can match their tie to their partner’s frock. Think
cocktail attire (see below), stepped up a notch.
Men Suit and tie (don’t be afraid
to include a pop of colour).
Ladies Long gowns or cocktail
dresses that fall below the knees.
Play up your personality with
bold colours or patterns.
Although the hem-lengths are raised, you don’t
need to embrace your inner Paris Hilton. Stick
to a fun frock teamed with statement jewellery
and heels. Guys can relax a little and roll up
their sleeves once they take their jacket off.
Men Suit pants and jacket, and a long-sleeved
shirt, with or without a tie.
Ladies Knee-length (or slightly above the knee)
stylish dresses. You can’t go wrong with a LBD
(little black dress) and a great pair of heels.
To avoid looking bland, ladies can
make a small statement with classy peep
toes, and men with a patterned tie. Overall,
aim for a blend of style and sophistication.
Men Tie, and a suit in a dark hue (opt for
dark blue to stand out from the crowd).
Ladies A blouse that covers shoulders,
with smart pants or a pencil skirt
and inconspicuous accessories.
Just because the word ‘casual’ is mentioned,
don’t go running to the cupboard for the jumper
your Nanna knitted you. In a nutshell, you should
look fashionable and neat. Jeans are okay, just
make sure there aren’t any rips or holes.
Men Pants and a button-up shirt (long or short
sleeves) and boat shoes or smart trainers.
Ladies A casual dress, and wedges or
modest heels. If you go with jeans, team
them with a strappy silk or chiffon top.
When in doubt...
If you’ve been asked to an event and are
unsure of the code, ask the host/hostess.
If all else fails, it’s always better to be
overdressed than underdressed.
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