A man’s guide to cocktail attire dress-code

One of the most open to debate dress codes for men has got to be cocktail attire. The issue is that it is a very loose definition that leaves you in the dark about how formal or informal you go.

We have decided that Cocktail has more scope than black-tie, but is more sophisticated than business casual. You just have to find the happy medium, dress up with a formal side for a big celebration but keeping it fun.

Our best tips are to ditch the suit and go for a blazer and trouser style. Don’t go all black but experiment with a bit of colour: Try changing your poplin shirt for a turtle neck or patterned shirt. It’s a real mash of looking formal and having a bit of fun but always keeping it classy and stylish.

If you are adding a bold colour or pattern into the look try and keep the other pieces to a neutral tone.

Unless specified with a dress code we think that most events would be deemed cocktail attire: wedding receptions, Christmas parties, business events/galas.

Cocktail is also a great excuse to accessorise with things you wouldn’t wear day to day, such as pocket squares, cuff links, beautiful watches and silk scarves, take to opportunity to dress up.

Remember to express personality with the look, let your bold piece do the talking, don’t wear trainers, avoid jeans and don’t wear a black suit.

If you want help styling a cocktail attire outfit for an occasion have a chat with one of our tailoring consultants who will be able to discuss your wardrobe and build a look.  

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