What is semi-formal attire?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by cackydoodledoo, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. cackydoodledoo

    cackydoodledoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 7, 2011
    Crazyville, USA
    I know this is a stupid question but let me start off by saying I am pretty redneck or something like that. I don't get dressed up too often if I don't have to!! We have a function to go to that requires semi-formal attire. Not sure what falls under that category. Thought about having my hubby wear his black jeans with his white shirt and black vest. Is that acceptable? What for a woman to wear? Just a nice dress or something fancier??
  2. love-my-wolves

    love-my-wolves Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2008
    Front Royal, VA
    It simply means no t shirts, shorts, cut offs, etc. Nice pants, button up or dress shirt, tie or no tie, ladies wear dress slacks or skirt with a nice blouse or dress, but not a mini or short skirt. Nice shoes, no sneakers. It's nice to dress up sometimes. Have fun!!!
  3. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2011
  4. kemclaughlin

    kemclaughlin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2011
    Garden City, ID
    For men it means slacks, button up, woven shirt (no t-shirt material), tie or no tie and anything but tennis shoes or sandals. For ladies it means a dress or skirt, knee length or tea length and some kind of dress shoe.
  5. alicefelldown

    alicefelldown Looking for a broody

    Aug 18, 2008
    A step down from formal, semi-formal attire is neither black-tie apparel nor cocktail garb. Where black tie constitutes tuxedoes and formal gowns, cocktail equates with a loose, somewhat sexy atmosphere. Semi-formal dress falls into a vague area in between. When confronted with the invitation to attend a semi-formal event keep in mind the following.

    Events such as weddings, award ceremonies, bar and bat mitzvahs, and attending the theatre are all times when semi-formal is usually the expected dress code. This applies, however, to daytime events. If the above examples take place in the evening then a more formal look would be required.

    Not to be confused with cocktail attire, semiformal is indeed much more formal. Day semiformal for a man is a look which traditionally consists of a jacket, trousers, vest and tie. Unless you are a member of the wedding party, you are not required to be dressed up in a tuxedo. Light colored suits and a tie allows you to fit in with style. Clothing in wool, polyester and gabardine and great options. And remember that any evening event still calls for a dark suit at the very least. Finally today’s fashion world has begun to dictate that ties are not absolutely necessary to complete the look at a semiformal event.

    Linen or seersucker suits are not formal enough for semi-formal attire. Dress shoes like oxfords are worn.

    For women, dresses at the knee and below or a stylish pant suit are fantastic options. Fabrics using taffeta, chiffon, velvet, satin, sateen, gossamer, and velour are great to women. A dress suit is also a stylish look. Opt for one in silk or brocade and you’ll look stunning in your semi-casual attire. Except for cashmere, a wool business suit is not considered semi-formal attire since it is not dressy enough.

    Hem lengths in semi-formal attire dresses vary. Dresses can be cocktail dresses, no more than an inch above the knee, or they can extend to the ankle. Dress suits, for example, a silk suit, usually has a hem length slightly above, at or below the knee. Pants suits, again in silk, polyester, or cashmere, tend to be worn at the ankle. One can also wear dressy tops and tuxedo pants made out of appropriate fabrics and still fit into the semi-formal attire group.

    Generally semi-formal attire also means dress heels for women, usually in colors coordinating with one's outfit. However, a dressy flat or strappy sandal with the appropriate outfit is also considered semi-formal attire. Low, comfy flipflops and lofers are not dressy enough to be called semi-formal attire.



  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    I'd say Semi-formal is NO jeans...
    Men: Dress pants/ khakis... decent dress shirt.. dont really need a tie. Decent shoes, no sneakers...
    Women: Dress pants/ or nice dress/skirt (No evening/ fancy gowns..etc..)
    Just my opinion..
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2011
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    For me, it is anything other than blue jeans and flannel shirts in the winter replaced by short sleeved cotton shirts in the summer. Sourland George Edited to say: What Redhen said. Wow, we agree once again.[​IMG]:lau:gig
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2011
  8. cackydoodledoo

    cackydoodledoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 7, 2011
    Crazyville, USA
    Ok I ain't wearing a dress like the one in the pic posted. I will gladly buy a nice long dress but that's too fancy for me!!! My DH doesn't own a pair of slacks and I doubt I will get him in a pair although I will try because we will have to attend this event once a year for awhile!! I was thinking a dress that I would be comfortable wearing to church on say Easter Sunday when everyone dresses a little nicer! That be okay you think??
  9. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

    Apr 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    Personally I would think jeans of any color would be out.
  10. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Quote:The dress sounds fine! But i would avoid the jeans if at all possible.
    Have fun!

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