Don’t want guests rocking up in boardies and singlets? Then make sure your invitation specifies the level of dress you expect.
A white tie soiree calls for the highest level of sophistication and elegance. Ladies should pay extra attention to hair and makeup, while the fellas need to look slick and well groomed.
Men: Tail coat and trousers, cummerbund or vest, white bow and white gloves.
Ladies: Floor-length gown, with understated but chic accessories.
A black tie event demands formal attire with a dash of flair – femmes fatales can be slightly more experimental with jewellery and hairpieces than at a white-tie event.
Men: Bow tie with a dark tuxedo/dinner suit.
Ladies: Floor-length gown (cocktail dresses are often accepted, but don’t hold high hopes of gracing the social pages).
Ladies should be oozing glamour but can be adventurous with accessories and footwear. Men can match their tie to their partner’s frock. Think cocktail attire (see below), stepped up a notch.
Men: Suit and tie (don’t be afraid to include a pop of colour).
Ladies: Long gowns or cocktail dresses that fall below the knees. Play up your personality with bold colours or patterns.
Although the hem-lengths are raised, you don’t need to embrace your inner Paris Hilton. Stickto a fun frock teamed with statement jewellery and heels. Guys can relax a little and roll up their sleeves once they take their jacket off.
Men: Suit pants and jacket, and a long-sleeved shirt, with or without a tie.
Ladies: Knee-length (or slightly above the knee) stylish dresses. You can’t go wrong with a LBD (little black dress) and a great pair of heels.
To avoid looking bland, ladies can make a small statement with classy peep toes, and men with a patterned tie. Overall, aim for a blend of style and sophistication.
Men: Tie, and a suit in a dark hue (opt for dark blue to stand out from the crowd).
Ladies: A blouse that covers shoulders, with smart pants or a pencil skirt and inconspicuous accessories.
Just because the word ‘casual’ is mentioned, don’t go running to the cupboard for the jumper your Nanna knitted you. In a nutshell, you should look fashionable and neat. Jeans are okay, just make sure there aren’t any rips or holes.
Men: Pants and a button-up shirt (long or short sleeves) and boat shoes or smart trainers.
Ladies: A casual dress, and wedges or modest heels. If you go with jeans, team them with a strappy silk or chiffon top.
When in doubt…If you’ve been asked to an event and are unsure of the code, ask the host/hostess. If all else fails, it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed.