edo” became the default apparel for after six o’clock and by the 1930s was increasingly being referred to as “semi-formal.” Then came World
Black Tie Optional - Formal Men - tuxedo or dark suit
War II, and social mores loosened once again
Women - dressy separates to floor length
where a man’s suit was the norm for evening
affairs and a tux for special occasion attire. In the late 60s to early 70s came the leisure suit
After 5 - Semi-formal
and turtlenecks were worn with a suit instead
Men - suits, dress shoes, dark socks
of a tie. The 80s ushered in the introduction of Business Casual diminishing dress standards in the professional environment.
Women - dressy suit to cocktail dress
attire standards of social events.
With the technology boom in the 90s expected
Same as After 5 with more sparkle, holiday
business dress really muddied the waters for a
dresses, and pantsuits
universal concept for business attire. This left party hosts gasping for better descriptions for invites.
A traditional man’s suit has set the stage for de-
No jeans, shorts or t-shirts
cades as the most powerful, authoritative look for professional business attire. Men’s tailcoats
Austin Chic - contemporary attire dependent on time of day and age of guests
to dinner jackets have continued to set the attire for social events. And as I always tell my clients, “Less is sometimes more, and one can never go wrong with simple elegance.” Below is a list of several occasions and what is deemed appropriate attire for the occasion.
White Tie Affair - Most Formal Tailcoats & ball gowns
Casual Anything goes - consult host For questions about image, wardrobing and life coaching ideas, please contact me at AskPresley@Influential-Magazine.com ---------------------------------------------Creative black tie/Texas tux
Black Tie Affair - Formal Men - dinner jacket “tuxedo” Women - dressy cocktail or floor length gown
Biz Formal - no overtly sexy apparel Business casual - no décolleté
IN FLUENTIAL 27
The Art of Living Well