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Dress Code Primer For Men - What to Wear for Black Tie Optional, Business Casual, Cocktail Attire...

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Check out this link for our full-fledged dress code guidefor men AND WOMEN check out: https://gentl.mn/dress-code-primer Get the accessories I'm wearing: Pocket Square in White Irish Linen : https://gentl.mn/2kvE7aU Madder Print Silk Tie in Yellow with Red, Blue and Orange Diamond Pattern: https://gentl.mn/2lAAPUU 02:15 White Tie 03:14 Black Tie 4:21 Evening Wear / Formal Evening Wear 5:18 Warm Weather Black Tie 5:35 Black Tie Optional - Black Tie Invited 6:04 Creative Black Tie 6:40 Daywear -Morning Coat - Morning Dress - Morning Suit 7:15 Stroller Suit - Stresemann 7:42 Semi-Formal - Half Dress 7:53 Festive Attire - Holiday Attire 8:23 Business Attire - Business Formal 8:52 Tenue de Ville 9:00 Business Casual 10:05 Dressy Casual 10:26 Smart Casual - Smart Chic 11:04 Cocktail Attire 11:56 Casual - Mainstream Casual 12:34 Casual Chic 12:53 Golf Attire 13:03 Resort Attire 13:42 Beach Formal 14:11 Lounge Suit 14:48 Preppy Chic 15:01 Preppy Style Guide 15:06 Executive Casual If there's no dress code specified, the best thing you can do is simply to ask the host. Let's decipher some common dress codes. 1. White tie White tie means a white bow tie. It's usually made of Marcella cotton and the coat you wear with it is a tail coat, meaning it goes all the way down to the back of your knees. It makes you look supremely elegant and stylish. 2. Black tie Traditionally, gentlemen in England would always wear white tie for dinner but they had very stiff shirt fronts and some found that to be uncomfortable. Eventually, a younger generation wanted something that was softer and that's how the tuxedo or black tie evolved. 3. Evening wear or formal evening wear Either white tie or black tie. In all fairness, most people today will only expect black tie from you because especially in the US, white tie is hardly ever worn. 4. Black tie optional or black tie invited.Instead, you can just wear a dark suit in either gray, charcoal, or navy. You can wear it with a tie or a bow tie and ideally, a white dress shirt. 5. Creative black tie. It's supposed to be a little more whimsical and relaxed. You could either do that by changing up your bow tie. You can get a jacket that's velvet or has that certain distinct pattern. 6. Day wear or formal day wear, that means a traditional morning coat which is usually worn with cashmere striped trousers, a dove grey vest or waistcoat,. 7. Semi-formal. Smply means dark suit, white shirt, tie, black shoes and dark socks. 8. Festive attire or holiday attire.Can mean anything from an ugly Christmas sweater to a dressed up velvet jacket with a tartan waistcoat. 9. Dress code business attire or business formal. Can either be a dark suit either single breasted or double breasted, sometimes even with a vest which makes it more formal, dark or black shoes, a conservative tie, either a small print, nothing loud, nothing too colorful, and a white or light blue shirt. 10. Business casual. On a very basic level, it means, no suit but also no jeans. 11. Dressy casual. It's very similar to business casual. 12.Smart casual or smart chic usually implies a nice pair of jeans or chinos or khakis paired with a dress shirt. 13. Cocktail attire. More vibrant and more unusual so rather than having navy blazer, you can maybe go with herringbone jacket, could be a combination, could be a more funky suit, could be a louder tie, a pocket square, some bolder accessories. 14. Casual and mainstream casual. That means you can wear jeans, any kinds of slacks, maybe even shorts paired with sneakers, boat shoes, or loafers. 15. Casual chic is basically an in between business casual and casual. 16. Golf attire 17. Resort attire. 18. Beach formal is often very popular for beach weddings. 19. Lounge suit. Simply wear a regular two piece or three piece suit. 20. Preppy chic.Usually, it's naval inspired with bold colors and patterns. 21. Executive casual dress code. _________________________________________________________________ Most Popular videos: How to accept a compliment - https://youtu.be/_EKXNmM1PUo 101 things that change when you dress up - https://youtu.be/JyGDd_iYaCI How to tie a Bow Tie - https://youtu.be/2I3cfa0BOOc _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Want to stay updated? Sign up here for free: https://gentl.mn/2bMPFTO Want to see more videos? Subscribe to our channel! https://www.youtube.com/user/thegentlemansgazette _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Gentleman's Gazette https://gentl.mn/2bh6sw1 https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gentlemansgazette Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gentlemansgazette FREE EBOOK: https://gentl.mn/2bMPFTO
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qwerty (5 days ago)
Tell us about full black like black pant, black shirt and black blazer with tie
Josh London1 (12 days ago)
A lot f English men do get married in morning coats.
Zach Blackledge (14 days ago)
I find it's the ladies who are more screwed up on dress codes these days. Can you make one of these videos for them too?
Ayrod (17 days ago)
Please learn a bit of french beacause it's terrible the way you pronounce it
john wu (2 months ago)
excuse me sir,I would be grateful if you can add subtitle on this video,thank you very much :)
MotoKawa (2 months ago)
When he says Target he pukes a bit in his mouth
stvh B (4 months ago)
is there any place or boutique in USA someone can wear morning lounge s ???
George's chins (6 months ago)
For semi formal , I'm going to a wedding (semi formal wedding) and my wardrobe nono is most of it is consisting of blackish items ..and neck ties...there is a trick to where you can make it into a bowtie ...would this be alright to do? That and does it have to be a dark tie?
Joseph Forest (6 months ago)
Nice, like it ,today people especially men are put down by the blue jean crowd, when we , us men wear suits. My parents told me a successful man wore a suit, years ago all business men wore suits.
nmar vlonam (7 months ago)
Sir what is your advice for college students to wear (most of the students wear a casual polo shirt with jeans or a shirt with jeans and sneaker)
Alexis Knows (7 months ago)
May I wear a long black tie to a black tie event or only a bow tie ?
Steve Lee (9 months ago)
What is your view of so called ‘Planters orders’ ( rolled sleeves no tie etc)? Is this an acceptable dress code for gentleman?
ZeAbron (9 months ago)
Sven, strictly speaking in most parts of the world black-tie is 'semi-formal' (not formal). A lounge or business suit is NOT semi-formal outside of the USA. Also you missed out 'White Tie & Decorations'. Overall a great series of videos!
Andrew Centeno (9 months ago)
ZeAbron Black tie is most definetely formal throughout the world. Perhaps suits are not formal. However unless you are a member of government, black tie is always formal.
JordanMandas Official (10 months ago)
6:19 THAT SOUND HAHA Great video
jashikis (10 months ago)
Is it necessary to wear pocket square with tuxedo? I have been told to only wear with sports coat or suit. I have actually been told two different answers- that it is correct and that it isn't correct from trusted sources. Also, more specifically, can you tell me if it became accepted and evolved, or that it has always been. Thanks in advance and love your videos.
jashikis (10 months ago)
Gentleman's Gazette Great, thanks Sven and team!
Gentleman's Gazette (10 months ago)
Perhaps you'll find the answer here in our free e-book! :) https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/introducing-black-tie-tuxedo/
Jaxon Brown (1 year ago)
Where are you from?
Daniel Martin (8 months ago)
Jaxon Brown he's German
DOGGY DOGGY (1 year ago)
I wore white tie to a wedding I was the odd one out
2HardBackRub (1 year ago)
Fantastic! I've been wondering all this for years!
Staas Wolter (1 year ago)
Sven, please do an in depth video about the White Tie like you did with the Black Tie.
Staas Wolter (1 year ago)
Gentleman's Gazette thank you. I am joining a men's choir that wears white tie and it is important that I look the part.
Gentleman's Gazette (1 year ago)
We will add that to our list. In the meantime, you might find this useful: https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/white-tie-do-dont-dress-code-met-ball/?utm_campaign=social-lead-gen&utm_medium=video&utm_source=youtube&utm_content=the-dress-code-primer&utm_term=youtube-comment
MarcellusTheGreen (1 year ago)
Do you have a tutorial on "mess dress"?
MarcellusTheGreen (1 year ago)
Great Scott!  Who can afford such clothing?  (Probably have to rent it a month in advance.)  And what about those really silly frilly shirts and loud jackets with very wide lapels worn to the Junior Prom?  That defies classification!
MarcellusTheGreen (1 year ago)
YAK!  I've always hated the look (and wearing) of a double-breasted suit coat.  I like the option of wearing it unbuttoned (especially with a vest or sweater).
abhiram yelkur (1 year ago)
is it okay to wear a black colored pocket square to a black tie event?
Daniel Martin (8 months ago)
abhiram yelkur wear white instead, if your pocket square matches your jacket it's basically pointless, so go for white to accent the shirt
Gentleman's Gazette (1 year ago)
no
Edvin Sand Wahlström (1 year ago)
Hi! Could you wear a top hat with a tuxedo or even with a dark suit? Thanks!
PROVEHITO INALTUM (1 year ago)
Excuse me, I am buying a tailcoat tuxedo from (botong), but I can't really tell my size, I am usually large on everything but the sleeves look really long for large there 35inches I'm 15yearsold, 5,9 and 136lbs do you think i should go with a medium which is 33inches or maybe even a small, I'm lost and the people from the company haven't replied if u can maybe tell what size id probably be any help/advice is helpful, thankyou.
PROVEHITO INALTUM (1 year ago)
Forgot to say, its on amazon i cant really try it on. I really need it before the end of this month so i really only have 1 chance to get it before the day.
Moises Ridderstaat (1 year ago)
Hi. i am 25 years old and i think I'm the only one peraon in this generation that likes penguin suit when is it the right time to wear this penguin suit. that i love to buy one day?
Simon Sostmann (1 year ago)
Missing "Planters Orders", other than that, extremely well done. Bei Fragen dazu einfach anschreiben ;)
Best video I've seen on this. Thank you very much indeed.
Ravi Arya (1 year ago)
very helpful... i would be attending classical concert, I'm wondering what should be the attire - business casual or cocktail attire or completely different. Appreciate your suggestions
Stefan P (1 year ago)
I have a question: Would it be formally correct to wear a tuxedo with a winged collar? I really like the looks of it and I am keen on knowing, if I can wear one with a tux. Thank you in advance!
Gentleman's Gazette (1 year ago)
+Stefan “Oblivinator1” P yes
MrLeopardgekko (1 year ago)
I'm thoroughly enjoying these videos, thank you very much for making these.
Paul Byron (1 year ago)
Extremely useful vid. Thank you Rafael. I shall be coming back to this for reference in the future.
Tony Chow (1 year ago)
Is that a Hemrajani DB suit you're wearing? I can recognize the lapels.
Mr. Beetleman (1 year ago)
Raphael, I am a high school student, and I wear more formal clothing like sport coats, suits, and vintage ties. I try to dress in the fashion of the 1930s and 1940s, but it is very difficult to find any vintage style suits today. Could you make a video concerning vintage 1930s clothing? Sincerely, Robert
Marlinspike hall (1 year ago)
Hello! thank you so much for not following fashion trends. I have recently seen people sitting on their evening tailcoats. I have seen many other methods. when sitting should one split he tails, place over the back, or sweep to one side of the chair? I'm quite certain sitting on the evening tails is incorrect. Thank you
Marlinspike hall (1 year ago)
what I am referring to is what is the historically accurate thing to do with your tails for evening wear (not morning dress). I am sure it is incorrect to sit on them.. I think one should either sweep them to one side, or place them behind you if there is no gap between the back rest and seat cushion. Is it correct to split them? the caption on the left side of this website is not fully clear in the illustration could you do a video showing proper method? http://www.blacktieguide.com/White_Tie/White_Tie_Tailcoat.htm
André Maggi (1 year ago)
" sport chic", what about it ? Thanks
Eric Steele (2 years ago)
Also, is it better to be over dressed or under dressed?
Marlinspike hall (1 year ago)
Over-dressing shows you took something seriously and value it more than others around you (a bit too much). Under-dressing says that you are either a pleb or new money.
Marlinspike hall (1 year ago)
Over dressed. Were British!!
Minecraft Slayer420 (2 years ago)
Eric Steele I'd say over dressed
Eric Steele (2 years ago)
You see Morning Wear in Canada at Vice Regal events such as the Lieutenant Governor's garden parties and war memorial parades.
Brian Corley (2 years ago)
Wow, that's a lot of info, very informative. Thank you.
Gentleman's Gazette (1 year ago)
You're welcome!
Fabian Silveyra (2 years ago)
I have a question please anwser asap is it ok to just wear a shirt and tie?
Thomas Farmer (2 years ago)
Preppy Chic:  You basically have to be a Ralph Lauren model! lol
Thomas Farmer (2 years ago)
To me, crocs are footwear for paedophiles! lol
Jtof (2 years ago)
what is a decent, affordable material for a tuxedo?
Gentleman's Gazette (2 years ago)
wool
Consilium (2 years ago)
What should I wear when I'm heading into my local snooker club for some practice or a few frames with another member?
Marlinspike hall (2 years ago)
Fun Fact: The Dinner Jacket/Tuxedo was invented by Edward VII when he was the Prince of Wales. he described what he had in mind to Savile row and the came up with the dinner jacket.
Gentleman's Gazette (2 years ago)
Thank you for sharing that!
Marlinspike hall (2 years ago)
Hello I wanted to point out that in the UK I usually wear a Grey Morning dress to all weddings (daytime) and some horse races and a black one to funerals with matching toppers. so id say it is still quite common here. In the UK at least, people who wear fashion forward suits are usually lower class. while a Saville row tailor, at least mine, would refuse to make a suit like that (Eg. Kayene West wore trainers to a white tie with his Full evening! cringe worthy but the Duke of Edinburgh would never do that). Also for more formal black tie I wear a heavily starched Marcella Shirt with wingtip collar. and I wear less formal black tie with pleated front shirt with fold down collar and cummerbund. we also have an adaptation of the full evening that leans towards a late Georgian style Jacket with light embellishments worn with slightly fitted trousers not breeches- such style is sometimes adopted as uniforms for special occasions for private clubs Very rare indeed but interesting to know. Any event that has been happening for centuries eg. the state opening of parliament, order of the Garter ceremony, (on youtube) or aristocratic celebrations require period appropriate dress which only three or so Saville row tailors can still make.
Gentleman's Gazette (2 years ago)
Hmmm, interesting. Thanks for sharing that.
James Hall (2 years ago)
Great video. Thank you for all the suggestions.
Gentleman's Gazette (2 years ago)
You're welcome!
Jürg-Walter Burlett (2 years ago)
Dear Sir, Might I ask where you had your exquisite double breasted suit you are wearing in this video tailored? My compliments it really looks superb!
Sudarshan Pujari (2 years ago)
Can't we wear a morning coat with white tie?
vienna11215 (2 years ago)
Was, kein Stresemann?? :-)
This channel is amazing
tagosan (2 years ago)
Hello, Raphael! I would love to see a primer on how to dress stylishly and elegantly in a tropical setting where the heat is all-year-round.
ibadi45 (2 years ago)
Thank you very much Raphael. You answered a lot of questions that I had for many years.
Cowboy Hank (2 years ago)
Could you show us your shoe collection? I'd be very interested :)
Enoch Teo (2 years ago)
as there are many ways to fold a pocket square, may i ask how you choose the type of fold for the right occasion?
Fabian Jahn Högler (2 years ago)
Raphael, are black/onyx studs for a tuxedo shirt classical, or are they a modern phenomenon (or maybe connected to sorrow)? I've looked at some pictures of Gary Cooper and Cary Grant, but it is hard to tell what colour theirs actually are!
zunedog31 (2 years ago)
Wow you covered them all and then some! Great resource!
Gentleman's Gazette (2 years ago)
Thanks! Glad to help :)
Joemama2463 (2 years ago)
Could I get away with crocs at a White Tie event?
Malaquias Alfaro (2 years ago)
excellent video Sven, possibly one of your best. I'd say you succeeded in accurately describing all of these dress codes without alienating the common man. I'm also glad you mentioned jeans in some areas. though personally I don't wear them often, we see how times have changed and they have become more acceptable in various settings. This was just great
Gentleman's Gazette (2 years ago)
Thank you for the kind words.
Pico (2 years ago)
loved the video. solid explanations of all dress coded.
Imran Jazib (2 years ago)
Excellent.
David M. Spence (2 years ago)
This type of video is excellent. Anytime I have a formal function to attend, I always hit up Raphael's channel beforehand to advise myself on how to dress. The quintessential modern gentleman. Kudos, sir.
Gentleman's Gazette (2 years ago)
Thanks! Please spread the word!
Phippsey3 (2 years ago)
great video as always!
Ruslan Sirota (2 years ago)
what a great video, wow.. so informative and clear. thank you
Daniel Kudriavcev (2 years ago)
You ruined your white look with the top hat, besides that it was very nice
njuafed71 (2 years ago)
Love the way or manner this gentleman speaks.Keep it up!
Kyle Kushner (2 years ago)
Hello Raphael, you need to make at least one video of you wearing unstylish pieces of clothing, like crocs. just as a joke
oltedders (7 months ago)
Gentleman's Gazette Goodwill.
Kyle Kushner (2 years ago)
I don't know! I don't live in the states. Come to Indonesia; they're everywhere! ;)
Gentleman's Gazette (2 years ago)
Lol, and where do I get all that crap that I will never wear again?
CartoonThat (2 years ago)
cargo shorts too
Orlando Williams (2 years ago)
Lol love the "& even worse, renting a tux" statement. I always try to keep a customer from taking that route.
Ariaditya Pramestu (2 years ago)
Great video
Stefanos Michalis (2 years ago)
Is a tie bar acceptable in a business formal attire/event? What about pocket squares?
Πεύκο Ο (2 years ago)
Very interesting video.
Riff Raff Randy (2 years ago)
That DB is the nicest jacket I've seen you wear. Excellent proportions. You should consider trying semi-peak on your next one.
overTIMe (2 years ago)
Did you have that navy suit you're wearing made specifically for you and added the second opening for a boutonniere (so on both sides) or was this part of the general design if you've bought it off the rack and let in tailor for your body (or am I too drunk right now to differentiate? ;D )? By the way, your double breasted suit looks awesome! Cheers, from Bavaria
Bruce Wayne (2 years ago)
My pleasure ;)
overTIMe (2 years ago)
+Bruce Wayne Ah, interesting. Thanks for the info.
Bruce Wayne (2 years ago)
Double breasted suits traditionally have two lapel buttonholes because originally one was able to button them up on both sides.
overTIMe (2 years ago)
Very nice video! I personally find black-tie to be the single most attractive outifit a man can wear. Sure, in white-tie or in a suit (or even 'below' that) you can look stunning, but black-tie just has this simplicity to it and combined with the outstanding elegance which compliments a body the best (in my opinion, of course).
Michael Chan (2 years ago)
Didn't he once say he had about 25 suits? HTF did he get so many?
I believe he crafts them himself.
DongleSlongBog (2 years ago)
Having a well paying job, I imagine. You can also get that many pretty easily by frequenting thrift shops. Like, fifteen or twenty dollars for a two piece suit at some goodwills.
Michael Chan (2 years ago)
Is that a new intro cause oooh.
Richard Greek (2 years ago)
This video is much appreciated. Thank you!
omar sohal (2 years ago)
When to wear a white dinner jacket
Philip (2 years ago)
South of Cairo is an old rule. I am not making this up.
omar sohal (2 years ago)
+The Ddos thank you!
David H. (2 years ago)
In a more casual event in a tropic environment, it's a part of black tie and is usually spotted on cruises, and some luxurious resorts in the southern part of the US.
mohd amir khan (2 years ago)
My mind is blown by your information. Get a lot of information today.
Fabian Jahn Högler (2 years ago)
Great video as usual! Students in Sweden often wear white tie for balls and academic gatherings. How nice is that? :)
Julius Songling (8 days ago)
Do the refugees wear that too?
Logic,exe (2 years ago)
You really like that blue, double-breasted suit of yours, don't you.

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