Cocktail Attire is appropriate for cocktail parties, dinner at a five star restaurant, and non-opening night performances of the opera, ballet, symphony, or theatre. A short dress with sparkles, ruffles, off the shoulder, or an exposed back works nicely, as would a festive top and simple pants.
Dress Attire is another word for formal attire. See black tie.
Evening Attire refers to either cocktail, black tie, or white tie, depending on the occasion. See those definitions for details.
Formal Attire generally means black tie. If it's white tie, "White Tie" is usually specified.
Party Attire could mean casual, cocktail, or black tie, depending on the venue. Generally, the less formal the location where the event is held, the less formal the attire. Double-check with your hostess to be sure.
Semi Formal Attire means dressier than casual, but not as formal as black tie. Generally, a day dress or social suit is appropriate before 5 pm; a cocktail dress for her and a dark suit for him after 5 pm.
White Tie means ultra-formal. A black tux with white vest and white tie for him; a long dress, often with long gloves and upswept hair for her. This is the most formal attire, and nothing but "the best" will do.
Professional, Business, and Interview Attire
Office Attire means clothing that is appropriate for business. This could be the traditional business suit, depending on the industry, or a more relaxed business casual approach. (This business attire resource can help you determine what's appropriate.)
Professional Attire refers to business attire. Please see that definition.
Traditional Attire usually refers to traditional business attire. Again, please refer to that definition.
Wedding and Bridal Attire
Casual, Travel, and Fashion Attire
Knowing what's appropriate attire for various occasions can be confusing, but with a little thought, planning, and research, you should be able to go anywhere you want appropriately dressed.
Need more help deciding what attire to wear when? These resources can help:
Other Wardrobe Planning Articles You Might Enjoy:
"You have helped me so much!!! My closets are beautiful because of you!"
“I wanted to thank you for your terrific newsletter. It is always so
informative and has helped me to dress better, consider purchases and refine my style. What I have
found is I am spending less money, looking better and have a smaller but more versatile
wardrobe. Thank you for all the
valuable information and extra confidence to dress with success and
©2000-2012 Top Drawer Publications, LLC
All Rights Reserved