I remember I once went to dinner at a fancy restaurant with my mother, uncle, and his colleagues. Soon after we took seats, I was approached by a member of the club’s staff. He informed me that my footwear was not appropriate and that I needed to change it. It was such an embarrassing situation that I wished the ground would swallow me up.
I decided not to let the situation continue to undermine my confidence and asked the guy what was wrong with my footwear. He explained the dress code was strap sandals, and my sandals didn’t have a strap. Just then, I flared up and asked him to see my sandals closely. They HAD a strap! Thankfully, they did, and the guy apologized to me.
Even though he apologized, the embarrassment didn’t completely wane. However, just as every bad experience leaves us with a good lesson, this particular incident taught me the value of dressing appropriately and adhering to dress codes. In this post, I will pass such sartorial lessons to you that I have learned the hard way. Sometimes all you need is a rhinestone leather belt to make your outfit appropriate to the occasion.
Various Occasions and Dress Codes for Them
You never want to show up at an event dressed inappropriately. While some places specify the dress codes, they want their guests to follow, most hosts expect you to be aware of general dress codes and go by your judgment. However, not everyone can easily figure out what to wear on certain occasions. If you are one of those people, don’t be disappointed. Below are some common occasions and the safest and most obvious choices you can go with for them.
· Cocktail Parties
Cocktail parties are synonymous with glitz and glamour. While women always have many glitzy and ritzy pieces in their wardrobe to don on such occasions, a man’s wardrobe is usually dull and has shades such as gray, brown, blue, and white.
Buying some fun accessories, such as rhinestone leather belts, can save you from having to buy an expensive party dress that’s going to languish in the back of your closet.
· Usual Workday
When it comes to dressing for work, one should always go with something formal or semi-formal. Although many places today have a relaxed and flexible work environment that allows employees to wear what makes them feel comfortable and confident, it’s always best to dress a little formally to demonstrate your professionalism, sense of judgment, and respect for the workplace.
Workplaces normally describe their dress codes as either ‘business-professional’ or ‘business-casual’. These new terms coined by the corporate world don’t really mean anything different. They are just different or, let’s say ‘fancy’, words for ‘formal’ and ‘semi-formal’.
Let’s discuss in brief what each of these terms actually means.
For men, ‘business-professional’ (which is a synonym for ‘formal’) essentially means a dress suit with a conservative tie and a pair of sparklingly polished brogues. For women, it means a pantsuit or a coat with a skirt and pantyhose. Moderately high heels make a perfectly formal footwear choice for them.
Notwithstanding, hardly anyone dresses like that to work today – unless, of course, they have a managerial position in the aviation industry or are some high-rank government officers. People from other industries, such as IT and entertainment, prefer ‘business-casual’ attire even when they have a corporate meeting to attend.
For men, ‘business-casual’ attire replaces plain silk shirts with rather funky options, such as button-down plaid shirts and polo T-shirts, and dress pants with chinos and sometimes even jeans.
An example of ‘business-casual’ attire for women, on the other hand, could be a monochrome top with a plain skirt or pair of trousers.
· Job Interview
A job interview is a time when you dress to impress, and that actually makes sense, because they see you before they talk to you. It’s your dressing that lands you inside the interviewer’s room. It tells how important the meeting is to you.
Candidates who are ill-dressed are often ignored and rejected. If you don’t want rejection, make sure you are appropriately dressed from head to toe – a neat hairstyle, well-ironed, clean dress, and polished shoes.
The dress code for a job interview is normally ‘business-professional’. However, it always helps to do a bit of research on the company you are applying to in order to find out if they expect their employees to dress formally or if ‘semi-formal’ dressing is more acceptable to them.
· Graduation Ceremony
If you have just finished your degree program and are wondering what to wear to your convocation, a formal outfit would work the best. If you are a guy, you can don a proper suit. If you are a girl, you can wear a long dress with heels.
Peers normally dress alike to distinguish themselves from other groups.
· Prom Night
The prom night is another time when you dress to impress. However, this time, you want to impress your dance partner. A black or navy-blue suit with a white shirt complemented with a thin tie, and shiny leather shoes make an excellent choice for boys. As for girls, they look the best in long dresses.
· Pool/Beach Party
Colorful dresses with floral prints always rock at poolside and beach parties. If you are a guy, pull on your cotton shorts with a soft linen shirt having a floral print and grab those groovy espadrilles you haven’t worn in a long time, and you are all set to rock and roll.
Girls look great in light-fabric or knit dresses. To accessorize the look, they can wear a chapeau hat and some nice shades.
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