When we suggest what to wear, it is just a suggestion – not a “dress code”.
Even at that, we are frequently asked what we mean.
Not wanting to send everyone scurrying off to the etiquette references,
(which are inconsistent) we offer this as a guide:
When we say Black Tie Requested, this is our most formal level.
Men wear tuxedos, women wear cocktail, long dresses or dressy evening separates.
We are not encouraging tuxedo rentals. A suit and tie will be OK.
Under no circumstances should you feel you cannot attend because you don’t have the
requested attire – only if you don’t like “dressing up.”
When we say Black Tie Optional, we mean that if you have a tuxedo,
this would be a good opportunity to wear it. This is one level more relaxed than the above.
When we say Semi-Formal, we mean a jacket and tie for the gents and a dress or dressy pants for the ladies.
When we say Holiday Fancy, we are usually referring to the holiday season.
Start with Semi-Formal and include some sparkle or extra festive elements.
When we say Informal, we mean what some call business casual.
Gents might wear a sport-shirt (broadcloth preferred over knit.)
Ladies might wear a skirt & blouse or pants (not jeans.)
When we say Casual, we mean wear something comfortable that you can dance in.
Often, there are options related to the theme of a particular dance, up to and including costumes.
We let your imagination be your guide in these cases.
Everyone appreciates the effort and creativity that go with “getting into it.”