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Western dress codes are dress codes in Western culture
governing what garments are worn together and in what setting. Examples of dress
codes are combinations such as "smart casual", or "morning dress". A
classification of these codes is normally made for varying levels of formality
and times of day. In traditional Western dressing, for men the more formal dress
codes, such as "black tie", are highly codified with essentially fixed
Formal wear (Canada, US) and formal dress wear (UK) are general
terms for clothing suitable for formal social events, such as a wedding, formal
garden party or dinner, débutante cotillion, dance, or race. The Western style of
formal evening dress, characterized by black and white garments, has spread through
many countries; it is almost always the standard formal social dress in countries
without a formal national costume. A dress code is a set of rules governing a certain
combination of clothing; some examples are black tie and morning dress. Formal dress
is the grouping of all the dress codes which govern clothes worn to formal events.
The traditional rules that govern men's formal dress are strictly observed; from
these derive the evening dress variants worn on many occasions, such as high school
prom dances, formal dances, and entertainment industry award programs.
Formal and semi-formal are unambiguous when it is known they
are being used in a traditional setting, even though changing fashions can make
these terms ambiguous; white tie and black tie on the other hand refer solely to
the combination of relevant clothes themselves, regardless of their setting, and
so are much less susceptible to misinterpretation.
White tie is styled as most formal, very formal or ultra
formal; black tie as formal; and the traditionally informal lounge suit as pseudo-formal.
Moreover, modern advisers recommend black tie for events traditionally considered
to require formal dress (white tie), and alternatives for what would have been semi-formal
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