Decoding the Dress Code

Understanding the dress-code directive.

Wear a black tail coat (a waist-length jacket with long tails on back) matching black pants, white bow tie, white pique shirt and white vest. Women wear floor-length or ball gowns.

Men wear tuxedos; women can opt for a
floor-length gown or a cocktail dress (but not a ball gown).

Black tie for men:
Freeman Formals
Tuxedos and suits are equally appropriate for male guests, while women can wear either a cocktail dress or a straight floor-length gown (but not a ball gown).
Black tie optional for him:
Tip Top Tailors
Photo: Tip Top Tailor
Men wear suits; women wear knee-length dresses or dressy pants paired with an evening appropriate blouse.

Cocktail attire for her:
Lela Rose | Dress Collection
Cocktail Dress With Cutout
Neiman Marcus
Cocktail attire for him:
Tip Top Tailor
Photo: Tip Top Tailor
The invitation usually specifies a theme for the event. This allows the guests to have fun with their attire, wearing costumes or special outfits suitable for the venue. If a guest chooses not
to partake in wearing festive attire, it’s usually
appropriate to wear cocktail looks.

Festive attire for him:
Tip Top Tailor
Photo: Tip Top Tailor
No dress code for him:
Tip Top Tailor
Photo: Tip Top Tailor

Guests take their dress code cues from the time of the event, season and location of the venue.

No dress code for her:
MARC by Marc Jacobs
Inside Out Tee & Zenith Sweater Pants Neiman Marcus

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