Published on July 23rd, 2019
Historians think that humanity has started wearing clothes some 100,000 years ago, at a time when history was not invented yet.
Over time, the pelts and hides turned into a woven fabric of many types, and the materials used have also evolved – the most widely used fibers in the clothing industry are no longer natural but artificial, usually types of plastic that are practical, durable, and easy to use.
But the evolution of the textiles industry is nothing compared to the changes of style observed over the centuries of written history, giving birth to the standards we all adhere to today. There are some attires that transcend fashion and trends – let’s take a look at them today.
1. Formal Or “Full Dress”
When an event is attended by high officials from a foreign country, crowned heads, high-ranking officers and other distinguished personalities, a “formal” or “full dress” attire is required.
The Western dress code’s strictest and most formal category is the “full dress”, applicable to the most formal occasions – like weddings, confirmations, major religious holidays, and funerals.
This covers everything from a ceremonial dress for diplomats and scholars too full dress uniforms for soldiers, policemen, and firefighters, complete with a sidearm, an eventual sword, and all the medals received by the individual.
2. Black Tie, White Tie
When you head out to a charity event, a fundraiser or an official reception, you are usually informed that a “black tie” or a “white tie” attire is expected. Even when you head out to a casino, you should check what to wear on your night out gambling – these establishments often organize charitable events with a strict “black tie” dress code. But what does this mean?
“Black tie” is a semiformal attire that’s pretty common around the world. For men, it consists of a dinner jacket or a tuxedo, either black, midnight blue, or white (this is why there is also a “white tie” designation for this) complete with a white dress shirt with a turndown collar, cuff links, bow tie, and a waistcoat. For women, it’s a bit easier – for them, an evening gown or other fashionable evening attire will do just fine.
3. Informal Wear Or Business Formals
This is one of the most common attires you’ll see whenever you step inside an office building or a government institution: a suit and a dress shirt with a necktie for men, a cocktail dress or a pantsuit for women.
It is halfway between the “black tie” attire and casualwear when it comes to formality – the latter two are often confused because of this.
Casual wear is perhaps the largest and most diverse dress code today – but it has its stages. Smart casual is an attire similar to business formals in nature but a very flexible one when it comes to the materials and pieces of clothing worn – these are expected to conform with the location and the occasion where they are worn. As such, it is subject to interpretation. The best definition would be “look sharp but not too formal”.
Business casual is usually defined as wearing khakis, slacks, skirts, short-sleeved polo shirts or long-sleeved shirts, but not tights and mini skirts, and no t-shirts. Also, jeans, tennis shoes, and sweatshirts are excluded from this attire.
And casual wear is perhaps the most relaxed attire – it can mean everything from suit jackets and dress trousers to shorts and t-shirts, tennis shoes and running shoes, jeans, flannel, and everything in between. The general requirement for this attire is for it to be tasteful, clean, and with no tears, holes, and stains. Other than that, pretty much everything goes.