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How to Dress for Informal, Semi-formal, After Five

Dressing for informal, semi-formal and after-five is NOT the same as casual. (Informal and Semi-formal mean the same thing.) 

Informal, Semi-formal or After Five Attire for Women

If it is an evening event, go with a cocktail dress or elegant separates. 

If it is a daytime semi-formal event, wear a knee-length dress, a dress suit or dressy separates.

Informal, Semi-formal or After Five Attire for Men

An evening event requires a dark, dressy suit with or without a vest, high quality white dress shirt, conservative tie, leather dress shoes and socks. 

For daytime, men can wear a light or dark color dressy suit.


White Tie ♦ Black Tie ♦ Black Tie Optional

Creative Black Tie Formal and Black Tie Festive

Business Formal ♦ Informal / Semi-formal / After Five

Cocktail Attire and Cocktail Attire Festive ♦ Festive Attire

Business Casual ♦ Casual Attire ♦ Theme Party

Resort Attire and Evening Resort Attire ♦ Wedding Casual

Fashion Faux Pas to Avoid

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