What Is Appropriate Attire?

The holidays are upon us.  Many people will be attending parties, dinners and company holiday gatherings.  What is appropriate attire for holiday events?  Some may be casual, taking place in a bar.  Some may be more formal, especially those hosted at a private club or banquet facility. 

When considering what to wear, think about two things: the other guests and the location.  If you focus on the other attendees and what they will be wearing and comply, you will be in good taste and everyone will be comfortable.  If you think about what is appropriate for the location, you will also fit in with the crowd. 

The problem is, however, that many people want to follow their own style whether or not it is appropriate. For example, if you are a gentleman who does not want to wear a jacket, don’t go to a restaurant that requires one. You cannot redefine appropriate attire because you don’t feel like following the recommended dress code. 

The good news is that we have many choices today. There are definitely options that will accommodate your desire to get dressed up or dressed down.  Clothing attire suggestions are put in place for a reason. It is best to follow the recommendations so that everyone is comfortable. 

Colleen Harding

Hello my name is Colleen Harding.  I am the founder for the Cleveland School of Etiquette and Corporate Protocol. 


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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 12:03 PM, 12.01.2015