Cocktail Attire Rules for Men 2020
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What is Cocktail Attire for Men in 2020?

What is Cock­tail Attire for Men? As Jamie O’Neill, fash­ion direc­tor at The Bridal Fin­ery, explains, cock­tail attire for men is a for­mal way of dress­ing to an event with a cer­tain amount of free­dom. Unlike black tie, cock­tail attire can vary in for­mal­i­ty and occa­sion.

Should I Wear A Suit?

Cock­tail attire has a wide range of for­mal­i­ty, so a suit isn’t always required. For a wed­ding, how­ev­er, unless the bride and groom spec­i­fy casu­al cock­tail attire, you should plan on wear­ing a suit with a dress shirt, dress shoes, and a tie or bow tie. Cocktail Hour Men Dress Code

Men’s Cocktail Attire Style in 2020

Some of the lat­est trends men are exper­i­ment­ing with include prints, tex­tures, and use of col­or. For exam­ple, guys are going beyond the clas­sic black or grey suit and opt­ing for a bold­er suit col­or (any of the blue hues would work) or play­ing with col­or with their acces­sories (such as bur­gundy or emer­ald green). All are rich and play­ful but still sophis­ti­cat­ed. 

Looks We Love for Cocktail Attire

Not sure where to start? Here are a few looks that would work for an event requir­ing cock­tail attire:

Postman Blue Notch Lapel Suit 

Slate Blue Notch Lapel Suit 

Cement Gray Notch Lapel Suit 

Cocktail Look Men 2020

Indigo Blue Notch Lapel Suit 

Cocktail Attire Blue

Light Gray Plaid Notch Lapel Suit 

Gray Plaid Cocktail 2020

Levels of Formality

It’s impor­tant to under­stand the dif­fer­ence between busi­ness, for­mal, fes­tive, and casu­al cock­tail attire. 

  • Busi­ness: This could sim­ply be a suit that you would wear to the office, with or with­out your tie.
  • For­mal: For­mal cock­tail attire should be more on the con­ser­v­a­tive side. Think of a dark suit, a pat­terned neck­tie or bowtie, pock­et square, dress shirt, and dress shoes.
  • Fes­tive: This type of event allows you to get a bit more cre­ative with your look, includ­ing a vibrant suit col­or or a bold tie.
  • Casu­al: This calls for a more laid-back vibe, so you should be able to show up in a blaz­er, slacks, or even a dark pair of jeans.

But as O’Neill points out, these for­mal­i­ties may change due to loca­tion, region, or time of year. “From the weath­er to the region, there are many fac­tors that would make the attire more or less for­mal,” she says. Cocktail Attire for Men

Do’s and Don’ts of Cocktail Attire for Men

Do dress to impress. Dress appro­pri­ate­ly and be sure to nev­er under­dress. 

Don’t wear casu­al shoes. Shoes can make or break an out­fit. Don’t wear flip flops, san­dals, or dirty sneak­ers. 

Do show off your per­son­al style. Whether it’s pock­et squares or fun socks, per­son­al­ize your look with the right acces­sories.

Don’t wear a tuxe­do. While you should nev­er dress too casu­al or infor­mal, you also don’t want to dress over­ly for­mal. 

Do make sure every­thing fits. Whether you’re wear­ing a suit or just a blaz­er and slacks, make sure it is all well-tai­lored.

Don’t be afraid to ask ques­tions. If you’re not sure what to wear, feel free to ask a fel­low guest or the groom for guid­ance.




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