Did you ever receive an invitation that listed the dress code as “Festive”? Or maybe “Business Casual”? I have received many of those invitations throughout the years, mostly as part of professional functions. For the most part, dress codes remain a mystery for many. Add to that self-consciousness and malaise and you have a recipe for disaster. Fear not, this is a sure fire guide to help you navigate the tricky world of dressing for the occasion

1. Casual 

Quoddy Shoes, Ralph Lauren Purple Label Jacket, Person glasses, Isaia T-shirt, Apple Watch, Frame Jeans

What it means: be comfortable, but not sloppy!

What to avoid: stained, unintentionally or overly ripped garments

What you need: an iron or steamer to keep you looking tidy

2. Business Casual 

Canali Blazer, Anderson’s Belt, Turnbull & Asser Shirt, Bogoli Pants, McCaffrey Shoes, IWC Shaffhausen Watch

What it means: you can discard your tie

What to avoid: shoes that are too casual or light denim washes

What you need: chinos or dark denim and tucked in shirt

3. Business Formal

Hugo Boss Blazer, Tom Ford Shit, Hugo Boss Trousers, John Lobb Shoes, Ermengildo Tie

What it means: a tie is a must

What to avoid: loafers and quirky shirts

What you need: dark colored suit- charcoal grey wins every time

4. Black Tie

Dolce & Gabbana Shirt, Lanvin Bowtie, Kingsman Shoes, Tom Ford Suit

What it means: bowtie, cufflinks and some satin

What to avoid: business formal or cocktail attire

What you need: patent finish shoes, a vest or cummerbund