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One of the more uncomfortable things in life is arriving anywhere in the wrong clothes.
Imagine showing up to a work event in khakis and a polo when everyone else is in a full suit, or in a tuxedo to a beach wedding where everyone is in linen suits and loafers. It’s humiliating, and extraordinarily difficult to have a good time if you stick out like a sore thumb.
In this article, we have compiled everything there is to know about semi-formal and formal attire, so you never show up out of place. We will guide you through the meaning of some common dress codes, when to wear which, and what definitely never goes at a black tie event.
Let’s take a look into semi-formal attire first.
To be blunt, semi-formal means an event is basically a more casual version of a formal event. Semi-formal occasions are usually daytime events such as brunches, garden parties, and even some weddings, like beach weddings.
The most basic rule to keep in mind when it comes to semi-formal attire is that you need to look neat and pulled together. This way, you can basically wear a dress shirt with a tie and jeans, as long as your pair isn’t ripped or white-washed.
Here is a more detailed breakdown of the semi-formal dress code:
Formal events are black-tie or white tie and are the fanciest you’ll go to. Think of galas, balls, and evening events that include ceremonies and dinners. Some weddings will also request formal attire, usually when the number of guests exceeds about 100.
There are two dress codes for formal events, either a white tie or a black tie.
Some events (mostly weddings) will say “black tie optional,” meaning you can wear a suit to these gatherings, and nobody will frown upon you if you don’t come in a tux.
Apart from semi-formal and formal, there are a few other, more casual dress codes you should have a handle on.
The most important thing to remember for both formal and semi-formal is that classic pieces are a great investment – a nice suit and tux will go a long way, and won’t ever go out of style.
To maintain a sharp silhouette all night long, it’s important to invest in what you wear underneath as well. A high-quality, fitted undershirt will give you shape and prevent ‘undershirt gut.’ Plus, you’ll protect your dress shirt and jacket from sweat stains and odor to stay cool and comfortable the whole time you’re wearing it.
Whether formal or semi-formal, for the right fit underneath, shop UnderFit’s premium undershirts.
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