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Smart Elegant Dress Code

Evening For Her

(USA and Canada)

In General

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.
Cocktail Dress
A short gown.

Also known as a 'Dancing Costume' or a 'Cocktail Gown'.

Ranging in length from just above the knee to about two inches above the ankle (Tea length).

Popular materials include silk, satin and chiffon.

Try not to upstage the hostess.
Evening Dress
To suit your company for the evening. Generally, the more elegant the better.

Try not to upstage the hostess.


Hats are a popular accessory for outside summer events.

Essential for a wedding.


Formal Pumps
To suit the rest of your outfit.
To suit your dress.


Luxury Coat
If weather permits.
To cover bare shoulders or upper arms.

Especially useful during weddings.
A short cloak which just covers the shoulders or extends to the waist.

Typically black.

Velvet, silk, or satin.


As much as you feel is appropriate to the occasion.