Whatever brand or expensive our attire may be, its propriety is measured by the environment or the type of event we are about to attend. A birthday party, family dinner, and business meeting require different clothing. Sending invitations, some hosts may specify the dressing code of their event. The others will not impose any restrictions, however, guests are meant to dress taking into account the type of audience. That is why we may choose a different attire for a Friday night with peers and dinner with parents-in-law. Business companies or governmental organizations usually prescribe some type of formal dressing code in their charters to promote uniformity of employees and create an image among clients. Needless to say, disregard of a preferred dress code can be embarrassing to all parties of business relations.
The difficulties with a dressing code arise as companies define what is formal and what is casual in their own way. What is normal for some people may look very snobbish or shabby to the others. Classically, a business formal dress is more classy than our day-to-day professional clothing. It includes a dark suit with a dress shirt and silk tie for men and a similar dark suit with either skirt or creased pants plus closed toe shoes for women. There are variations of the formal attire which range from business casual to black tie according to a scope of the event.
A casual dress code used in the informal setting can be just everything – from leggins and a sweatshirt to scruffy jeans and a printed T-shirt. It includes a smart casual dress code, which is defined differently in all companies but frequently implies nice jeans, skirts, polo shirts, and T-shirts.