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Black tie and the others: the guide to the dress code, to be impeccable in all circumstances

Black tie And dress code These are terms that can cause confusion because we are simply no longer used to using them. Reserved exclusively for Special occasionswhich rarely happen, require us to dress more or less formal. Luckily, someone will exclaim. The truth is that i strict dress codes of the past have now been almost completely overcome. But it is the “almost” that worries us.

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Until the 1960s, however, thelabel imposed specific dictates. Their abandonment marked the end of an era: there is a scene in the recent series Feud: Capote vs The Swansproduced by Ryan Murphy and directed by Gun Van Sant, which gives a very good idea. In one of the last episodes, set in the seventies, Babe Paleyconsidered one of the most elegant women of the twentieth century, so much so that she was included inInternational Best Dressed List in 1958, during a shopping session he discovered that his local boutique no longer sold the glovesan essential accessory for a woman, until then: it is then that she realizes that the world she has known up to that moment no longer exists.

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There cultural revolution of 1968 and the desire for freedom in all fields they inevitably also influenced fashion, so much so that we can now wear whatever we want, in any circumstance. More or less: if you have no idea what the difference is between black tie And cocktails attracthere is a mini-guide to the different ones dress code which will help you understand the most used terms on invitations e save the date. Avoiding missteps and style slips.

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Black tie

Alexa Chung.

Alexa Chung.

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Brad Pitt.

Brad Pitt.

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Second Debrett’sa British institute founded in 1769 and considered an authority on labelit’s about the dress code more formal place than the white tie it is instead considered rare and often reserved for exceptional occasions, such as those involving real oh state leaders. If you see the term reported on an invitation addressed to you, do not be afraid: it simply means that, whileman is required tuxedo, White shirt And black bow tiethe ladies will have to arrive in evening dressto the knee or longto be combined with a small clutch bag and sparkling (but not too flashy) jewels.

In short: it’s time to take the clothes out of the wardrobe more special that you own. It should be noted, however, that the feminine is allowed to interpret this rule more freely, especially if it is an event relaxed black tie which requires him to wear a dark dress while she can opt for a sophisticated one tuxedo or for a precious minidress. Elegance is always a must (no, therefore flashy colors and patterns) but it is allowed to be greater creativity from a silhouette and hem length perspective.

Kirsten Dunst.

Kirsten Dunst.

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Laura Harrier.

Laura Harrier.

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Business formal and business casual

Sienna Miller.

Sienna Miller.

Darren Gerrish

Daniel Craig.

Daniel Craig.

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It is usually imposed in the case of formal occasions such as business lunches and conferences. The goal is to have a looks elegant and sober, which conveys professionalism. For men it is perfect a gray suit or blue, darker as it approaches the evening, with a matching tie. For women, however, you can opt for a classic suit or for a coordinated solid color combined with neutral colored accessories. If the event is more relaxedyou are allowed to choose a combination casual but always refined, like a blouse combined with trousers or a skirt, all strictly in nuance. Pay attention to the length of the skirt, which must never rise above the knee.

Kate Moss.

Kate Moss.

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Jasmine Tookes.

Jasmine Tookes.

Jacopo Raule

Casual and smart casual

Pernille Teisbaek.

Pernille Teisbaek.

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David Beckham.

David Beckham.

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If you read on the invitation casual, you can breathe a sigh of relief. It means you can put what you wantalways taking into account the context and type of event in which you will intervene: second Debrett’s it is always preferable to show that you have made an extra effort than the opposite. This means choosing carefully clothes And accessoriesperhaps opting for a couple of bent over combined with sandals with a little heel and a mini bags which will give the whole a refined and very refined look chic. If the dress code And smart causalinstead, as in the case of a birthday or one dinnerthe jacket to coordinate with is perfect for him jeans while you can choose a dress or a boss more wantedsuch as a blouse or an animalier skirt, to be combined with minimalist and monochromatic accessories.

Emma Roberts.

Emma Roberts.

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Rosie Huntington Whiteley.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Cocktails attract

Kendall Jenner.

Kendall Jenner.

Timothe Chalamet.

Timothée Chalamet.

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The term is considered synonymous with party dress: is reserved for events taking place from late afternoon on and finally allows you to let loose with colors and more striking details. Man can wear the jacket that you prefer (this is however a special event, which requires one style effort plus, don’t forget it) while ladies can also opt for clothes short or trousers, based on your preferences. In this case, they are granted the miniskirtthe sequins hey sandals flat as long as you choose special models, suitable for the evening, embellished with metallic reflections and details sparkling.

Cindy Bruna and Devon Windsor.

Cindy Bruna and Devon Windsor.

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Poppy Delevingne.

Poppy Delevingne.

Source: Vanity Fair

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