A Guide to Dressing Appropriately for Each Occasion

There is a level of dressing that goes beyond covering the body, beyond the necessity of the standard rules that dictate how you look in public. Some people dress with intent; everything is selected with considerable deliberations. They have a set of clothes for each occasion, and you would never catch them mixing them up. His level of dressing requires acute attention to detail. The following is a detailed dressing guide that may come in handy one day.

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The common dressing style for a wedding is either a black tie white tie event unless stated otherwise by the groom and the bride. Women should completely stay clear of any white dress; the only person who should be in white is the bride. For the gentlemen, a simple tuxedo will do just fine, you can switch it up with some bright coloured shirt for a better look, but the usual one is also okay.


Cocktail Party

A cocktail party is an informal event where people mix up formal with a subtle, casual touch. It can be aptly described to be semi-formal. For the ladies, an evening dress is what you should be wearing to such an event, avoid extra bright colours, and go for the dark ones since given how most cocktail parties are held at night.

For the gents, a tuxedo would do, or if that’s not your style, you can rock a broken suit by combining a blazer with a formal trouser and a shirt. You can drop the tie unless you want to be mistaken for a waiter or a valet.


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Dinner Party

A dinner party is more formal than a cocktail party. For the men, you will have to suit up properly, but do not wear that suit you frequent the office with. There is a specific suit meant for a dinner setting; a tuxedo is another good option you can try. For the ladies, it’s all about the glitz. Rock a beautiful dress; It should compliment your body to the fullest while at the same time allowing you to be comfortable and free with your movements.


Business Party

You may be very familiar with your colleagues, but that should not be complacent in the dressing department when going for a business party. Do not dress up in anything provocative; do not make yourself stand out too much. You are here to be taken seriously and to uphold a respectable image. Men can wear their khaki pants and pair them up with a collared shirt and some loafers. For the ladies, dress pants would do you more justice than dresses. It is either that or a skirt paired with a nice blouse.


An Interview

When it comes to an interview, first impressions are everything. An interview starts the moment you step into the room, how you dress will play a role during the deliberations later on. It is all about projecting an image of confidence and discipline. Both the gents and the ladies can wear well-tailored fitting suits that are simple but neat. For the ladies, cut down on accessorizing too much. You can rock your earrings and watch, but they should not stand out too much.


A Funeral

A funeral is not a happy place, therefore do not attend one in brightly coloured clothes. The accepted colour is usually black—a black suit for the men and dark dresses for the ladies. Black is the safest choice, but you can also try other dark-coloured tones like brown or navy blue. Anything that looks festive like shiny jewellery should be avoided at all costs.


The Opera

When it comes to the opera, the only thing that should be in your mind is flaunting. The opera is one of the few events where you can go all out without pulling any stops, especially if you are a lady. For the men, your best tuxedo will carry the day, it can be any colour you want, but that does not mean you should go over the edge by rocking a pink suit. Keep it black and classy.

For the ladies, put on your flowery dress and that feathery hat. It is all about showing out and shutting down everyone else. The brighter the outfit, the better.


First date

On first dates, the stakes are also very high on the first impression. Striking the balancing between overdoing it and underwhelming is the trickiest part. However, the solution is simple: be yourself. Trying to be someone you are not is what leads you into trying too hard and messing things up due to too much tension and anxiety. For then gentlemen, wear some jeans, a shirt and a jacket on top with then necessary subtle accessories. For the ladies, skinny jeans will work just fine when paired with a good shirt plus a sweater or a jacket.


Family BBQ

When it comes to family gatherings, you are free to wear anything you want, as long it is not proactive. All you have to pay attention to is your comfort and the freedom to have as much fun as you can. For ladies, a sundress or loose pants will do finer, and for the guys, you can rock your favourite shorts and a t-shirt. Avoid tight-fitting clothes since you will most likely be involved in a lot of activities like cooking.


Nailing down dressing etiquette and cues takes time and a lot of practice. Take your time to study people and do some research online before committing to attending an event. One thing you should always strive to avoid is standing out. For the gentlemen, always pair anything you are wearing with a watch, you can buy a new one or get new replacement watch movements for the one you have had if it is not working properly. A good timepiece will never go wrong.



Jessica Alexander

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