Most people in their lives face lots of problems related to clothing: color, shape, the essence of elegance. Sometimes, it is a real teaser to choose right clothes for a business meeting, date or just… for work.

Which accessories match different styles, how to look great and do not feel confused because of wrong dress code – all these issues are of high priority for all the people, not only for businessmen, state servants or the diplomatic body employees.

It is only possible to make a right choice concerning clothing that is in according to your taste and style when you take into consideration your age, the role you play in society as well as requirements applicable to certain situations.

Some examples. Regulations connected to clothing have some national differences: they are partly based on traditions and even climate. Despite the fact that nowadays official style is paid less attention, however, there are some standard requirements that should be taken into consideration by all individuals.

Find below the key types of formal clothing:

  • White tie (from French words “cravate blanche”).
  • Black tie(from French words”cravate noir”).
  • Suit (also frock coat, club coat).
  • Party suit (from French word tenue de ville)
  • Visiting suit
  • No tie
  • Special clothing (national costume including)

The first three types of clothing are usually indicated in invitation for a certain event (regarding the two first types the dress code is specified exactly by the words mentioned).

Every invitation for any public event should contain the dress code requirements as a result; potential guests gain information about the event specific features. Therefore, the event organizers have to take care of the event appropriate style and the guests to do their best to be in accordance with the style concerned. Unfortunately, the dress code requirements are usually specified in regard with men. This tradition is being kept from the times when ladies were invited only for purpose of the men escorting that is why they tried to naturally match the appropriate style.

In case an appropriate invitation has no information regarding dress code, usually, men wear dress suits and women – dresses or two-piece outfit.

Holiday or formal events arranged at day-time: for these events everyday dress or formal suit worn at a day time are suitable (depending on the event nature). Ladies can wear two-piece outfit, blouse and skirt or everyday dress.

Cold table and cocktail parties: for these events a man should wear his the best dress or Black tie and a woman – evening or cocktail dress (depending on the event exact time).

Formal lunch or dinner: a man needs a best dark dress (White or Black tie) and a woman – evening dress.

The opera and theatre first night: expensive evening dresses in this case are suitable for festive first night. It is possible to wear less luxurious evening gowns or festive day dresses during the elite theatre first nights.

If an appropriate invitation has no requirements regarding a dress code or it is written “tenue de ville, informal, stresemann” best dress shall be suitable.

Evening clothing for dances and other full-dress events, can be a wide variety of solutions. Dresses can be revealing with naked shoulders, neck and arms with various shape cut-out etc. These goods have no details of practical importance, such as sleeves, collars or the elements mentioned have a new decorative form that cannot be accepted for clothing aimed at wearing at daytime. The aforementioned clothes need additional accessories that have no practical use as well (for example, watch does not match a long evening dress). Expensive jewelry and sparkling bijouterie, best shawls, etc. are a match for evening dresses. The shoe colour and shoe decorations shall be a match for small handbags.

There is a special name for a popular kind of evening dress: a „little black dress“. These simple fashion dresses can be worn on different occasions and various accessories allow to easily decorate them.

Modern evening clothes are of a simple silhouette. While making your choice regarding fabrics, it is necessary to take into consideration the season the appropriate clothing shall be worn (for summer-time lighter fabrics are suitable, for winter-time – dense textures). Fabrics short with silver and gold threads are in great demand as well as fabrics with tinsels, metal threads and beads. Velvet, brocade, guipure are the fabrics usually used to make evening dresses. Nowadays, such fabrics as organsa, chiffon and taffeta became very popular as well. Black colour is a traditional colour for evening clothing, though bright colours as well as pastel shades are also acceptable. Everything depends on image one would like to create.

  • Maxi evening dresses with lots of elements and drapers are suitable for extraordinary festive events, such as New Year Eve, weddings parties, anniversaries, etc.

Evening dresses for stage performance have to be bright of a clear silhouette with lots of decorative elements. Taking into account that such dresses are seen from a distance, they should be glamorous even though they are watched from the most distant rows. Small elements, lots of cutting, party-coloured fabrics cannot be noticed well. Extremely jazzy dresses of latest fashion are also acceptable to wear on stage, however they should match for a piece of art work concerned. One should not forget that clothing for a stage can look too extravagant if worn on other occasions.

Men‘s best dresses are usually made of dark plain woolen, silk or jacquard fabrics. Men‘s best dress can be supplemented by waistcoats made of the same fabric or silk. Shirts of pastel shades, ties and plain dark socks are a match for a man’s best dress.

White tie (dress-coat): usually is worn on stage or on extremely solemn occasions when appropriate invitations are made in writing stating dress code as “cravate blanche, habit, white tie”. Usually, these dress-coats are made of black woolen fabric with lapels made of black satin and the side trousers seam is decorated with a double silk woven ribbon – braid. From front it is short and fitted and its back is knee length. Woman on „white tie“ events occasion should wear a long evening dress.

Black tie: a classical evening dress. It is worn during solemn events: celebratory lunch or dinner, drink reception, special occasion concerts. Black tie like White tie are usually made of black fabric with lapels made of black silk or satin with buttons faced with the lapel fabric. Black tie can also be white in colour (however, trousers are black all the time) with silk or satin lapels. Black bow-tie, white or pastel colour shirt with a black lap at waist are a match for white colour black tie. This kind clothes are popular with countries with hot climate when events are arranged in the open or on shipboard. It is also named as “summer” black tie.

  • Evening dress: it is an elegant long dress made of high quality fabrics. Most evening dresses are with cut-out or sleeveless. Nice gloves or luxury jewelry are a match. The dresses mentioned are only worn after 20.00 o’clock on gala nights or state receptions.
  • Cocktail dress: very often by mistake it can be considered as evening dress. Compared to an evening dress, a cocktail dress is short and it is suitable for cocktail parties and events arranged within 17-19 o’clock.

Evening clothing helps to create the holiday spirit. Glad rags more than other clothing have to be in accordance with the person’s individual features and traits, the body forms, style in order to accentuate the modesty or eccentricity.