The Classic or Traditional Formal Dress Code is as follows:
1. White Tie or Full Evening Dress – formal evening wear which is generally kept for State Occasions, The Mansion House Banquet, Hunt Balls and some Oxford and Cambridge May and Commem Balls.
2. Black Tie, DJ or Dinner Jacket – semi-formal evening wear: for private and public dinner parties, The Last Night of the Proms, dances and school proms. It has also supplanted white tie in some instances such as at Diplomatic Balls.
3. Morning Dress or formal daytime wear is worn by male members of a wedding party and at special occasions such as Royal Ascot.
4. Lounge Suits – informal dress.
Black Tie. The semi-formal dress for after 6.0 pm
Black dinner jacket with ribbed silk or satin lapels, single breasted & with single button. Black trousers with silk braid down each leg. Black silk bow tie. Black waistcoat or cummerbund White dress shirt – pleated or Marcella. Black silk socks Black patent leather shoes
Ladies Black Tie
When invited to a ‘do’ which requires black tie for the men ladies are often uncertain what is required of them.
For a drinks party between the hours of 6.0 pm and 8.0 pm a black cocktail dress on or below the knee is considered ideal. If a drinks party is followed by dinner and dancing as happens with most 21st birthday parties the ladies should dress up for the more formal occasion by wearing a long dress or ball gown; and, of course, wear some ‘drippers’ but not too much.