Kenneth Cole once said: “Don’t let your outfit be the cause for concern”
If you are about to attend a charity event to help raise funds and awareness, not strange looks, your outfit should be respectful and respected at the same time. Big time charities are almost always a terrific time, everyone is dressed to the nines, and most non-profit organizations know how to throw a memorable party. That plus the cause, whatever it may be, allows you to spend a little more than normal and feel quilt free. Not only does your presence at a charity function benefit those unfortunate, in which you are attending the function to support, but it can also assist you from a social standpoint, as well as a professional one. Many charity events or balls are formal functions which have strict dress codes that must be followed by all guests. When dressing for a formal function it may be a good idea to rent or buy a tuxedo if you do not already own one.
Here are a few tips to follow to make your grand entrance with confidence and grace.
Be sure to look on the invitation to see if there is a dress code requirement as there are several levels of dress. Here are the basics, beginning with the most formal. White Tie: Men wear a black tuxedo with tails, a white shirt, a white vest and a white tie. Black Tie: Men wear a black tuxedo, no tails, a white shirt, a black vest or cummerbund and a black tie. Black Tie Optional: Men wear a black tuxedo, same as black tie attire, or a dark suit, a white (or light colored) shirt and a conservative tie. The most common dress code for charity events is a Black Tie Event.
If you are looking to purchase or rent a suit, it is worth spending extra time trying everything on and paying close attention to the form of each garment. If there is any pulling, bunching or creasing, consider going up a size. Shoulder seams should be right at the edge of the shoulder and you should be able to comfortably button your jacket. If other areas of the body do not fit properly, taking the suit in to get tailored is an easy solution in order to have the suit fit your body perfectly.
Consider the quality of the fabric and details of construction. Think about texture and shine and look for a suit that has a special touch, taking it beyond every day wear. Not only will this set yourself apart from all the others but it will make you feel fantastic wearing it.
Some would argue that shoes are the window to the soul, so don’t neglect them. Dark socks with shoes to match are a must and need to go with the trousers you are wearing. White socks or the wrong style of shoes will take the elegance away from the rest of the outfit. Appropriate shoes for the event provide a polished finish to the whole look.