Being a good party guest should go without saying – but apparently – it doesn’t.


Yes.  I said it.  Dress appropriately for the occasion.  You do not want to be the only guy wearing jeans and an “un-tucked” button-down shirt to the company Christmas party.  No – you don’t.  Especially … and I mean “especially” if you are the GUEST of the staff member!!!  Ack!!  Seriously – don’t be that guy!

dress code

So, what do you do if you don’t know what the dress code?

  1. Take a look at the invitation – the level of formality of the invitation should give you a good indication as to the level of formality of the event.  If the invitation says “formal” or “black tie” or “business casual” then that’s an easy one.
  2. If the invitation does “not” explicitly state the dress code – take a look at the design of the invitation itself.  Is the font used very formal and use a script font?  That’s a formal event!  Does the invitation use less formal, maybe Comic fonts?  That’s a non-formal event.
  3. What type of event is it?  Is the dress code implied?  A backyard BBQ has a different “implied” dress code than a New Year’s Eve Party or a wedding held at a Golf Club.
  4. Ask the host.  Yes – you are allowed to ASK the host!  It is not rude or impolite to ask the host(ess) what the dress code is.  Although it is rude to show up to an event dressed inappropriately.

And here’s some parting words …  never, NEVER …  as in, never …  wear white to a wedding.  Ever!  The only white allowed at a wedding is a man’s dress shirt under a suit jacket or a sports coat.  And your undergarments, but that’s another blog post.  😉