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Dress Code: Formal Wear

4 min

A formal dress represents classic refinement, reserved for the most significant events. Allow us to share our expertise, guiding you through the art of timeless dressing, impeccable tailoring, and unwavering attention to detail required for formal occasions. This guide equips you with the essentials of formalwear, a dress code every gentleman should understand. Use it to plan your evening ensemble or refine your wardrobe so that you are poised to grace formal affairs with elegance.

What Defines Formal Attire for Men?

Formal wear encompasses diverse styles for events falling between the realms of White Tie and Black Tie. Its purpose is to signify the occasion and create a harmonious ambiance. While people at the event will come from all walks of life, by adhering to traditional formal wear conventions, men can create a coherence in the crowd that allows the ladies in attendance to be more exuberant with their style. In this evolving landscape, men can exercise self-expression while honoring societal norms.

Reserved for life's pivotal moments—weddings, christenings, or funerals—mastering formal wear pays homage to the significance of these occasions, signifying your respect and appreciation for those who share these profound moments with you.


Deciphering Men’s Formal Attire

Men’s formal attire typically includes a dark suit, dress shirt, tie, and dress shoes. It can also include a blazer or sport coat with dress trousers, and if you want to honor tradition, reserve the creative flourishes for the accessories. Coordinate your tie or pocket square with your date's attire or choose cuff links that hold personal significance to the event's honoree.

Selecting the Perfect Shirt for a Formal Events

Traditional formal wear conventions dictate a white shirt with a turn down collar. If you would like to add a design flourish, then a pleated front can be selected. A subtler way to express yourself would be through the choice of fabric, though whichever you choose, it should be robust enough to stay crisp throughout the event. This will ensure your whole ensemble exudes an air of opulence.


What to Wear for a Formal Dress Code?

There are many rules and conventions around formal wear, and they will differ both regionally and according to the type of event you are attending. If it is a movie premier, or a fundraiser for the arts, it can be a great opportunity to show off your own creative flair. However, if it is a funeral, respect is key.

At Eton, we have been dressing men for all kinds of occasions for decades, and we love nothing more than to help you find the right outfit for the right occasion. Visit us in store and we can help you complete your formal wear ensemble or join the Signature Club for more exclusive benefits like priority access to your own customer service representative.