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Informal (Lounge Suit and Cocktail Dresses) Dress Code

Evening For Him

(UK and Commonwealth)
     

In General

Informal
This dress code in high society is considered informal.

Informal may sound casual and it is compared to White Tie and Black Tie, but it normally refers to a respectful standard of dress. Typically Lounge Suit and Cocktail Dress are worn to such events.

In very relaxed events it might mean Smart Casual, but generally, unless you know for sure it is best to stick to the dress code, to present a sophisticated image to new people you may meet. It's always better to be overdressed than underdressed.

Neck

Tie
Required.

Bow ties are acceptable but are very unusual and should be avoided.

The top button of the collar of the shirt must be done up.

Tie pins are generally out of fashion.

Avoid novelty items.

Jacket

Suit Jacket
Dark colours are best for evening occasions. Very dark, if being worn to a 'Black Tie Optional' occasion.

During the day dark colours are most suitable in winter, and lighter colours in summer.

Top

Formal Shirt
Collared.

Clean and well pressed. White is always the safest colour.

Ideally the shirt should be double cuffed and worn with cufflinks.

Bottom

Suit Trousers
Must match the jacket.

Ankles

Dark Socks
Ideally the same colour as your suit.

At least as dark as your suit.

Mid-calf length.

No logos or pictures.

Footwear

Formal Shoes
Preferably black.

At least as dark as your socks.

Always wear lace up shoes.

Coat

Overcoat
If weather permits.

The classic supplement to a suit.

Accessories

Cufflinks
Worn with a double cuff dress shirt.

Avoid novelty items.
Watch
If desired.

Should be a good quality analogue watch.