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Dress Codes around the World

Dress Codes around the World

Dress codes are something that as people, we have subconsciously come to adopt not just in our localities but across the world as well. Ever heard the phrase “when in Rome, do as the Romans”? Well, this phrase is rather very apt when referring to dress codes. Not only is following dress codes a way of blending in, but it is also a sign of acceptance of and respect for other cultures, traditions, and norms.

Basically, there are several types of dress codes that are peculiar to different places in the world; however, the most widely adopted dress code is that of the West. From formal wear to even beach wears, it is safe to say that we are incorporating more and more of the western dress code into our society. These have come to be a part of our social norms.

Despite the fact that this is now a normality in our society, a lot of people still do not understand the concept of dress codes and how they apply in our society. Dress codes are generally grouped into 2 broad categories.

Formal Wears

This category is encompassing of all things considered formal. This is inclusive of work, meetings, dinners, interviews, formal parties such as award ceremonies, and work function wears.

These sorts of attires are often referred to as corporate in the case of work attire or black tie in the case of events. In this category of dressing, it is important to appear well groomed and put together, every strand of hair I place.

For men in this category, the appropriate attire would be suits and ties, tuxedos, crisp button-down shirts, polished dress shoes, and if need be appropriate accessories such as cuff links.

For women, the same style of dressing applies, however, in the case of work, the appropriate attire would be skirt or pantsuits, crisp shirts, pumps, stilettoes or court heeled shoes, minimal accessories, and minimal makeup. Whereas, in the case of events, it is appropriate for women to appear in dinner dresses and high heeled shoes.

In this category of dressing, conservation is key, and it is necessary to adhere to the conservative, prim, proper, calm and collected aura that the sort of dress code is supposed to exude as this is the impression that is supposed to come with this kind of dressing.

Casual Wears

This category is not as rigid or as strict as the formal. Here, it is basically about comfort. This encompasses every other thing that is not considered formal. It could be a hangout with friends, a picnic, a beach date, or even for traveling. Here you do not have to conservative or prim and proper; you simply have to be comfortable.

Under casual wear, a variety of attires and accessories are welcome. From jeans, tank tops, miniskirts, baseball caps, t-shirts, polo shirts, shorts, sandals, flip-flops, and so many other types of comfortable clothing. In as much as casual is all about comfort, there are still some lines that have to be drawn sometimes.

For instance, the fact that one is comfortable going out in a bikini does not make it appropriate to wear when attending a picnic party. Casual means comfortable but also appropriate for the occasion.

In as much as there are more or less or strict boundaries are regards casual dress codes, it is important to understand what is acceptable in certain kinds of casual situations and what is not.

Apart from these 2 main types of widely acknowledged dress codes, there are other dress codes around the world that need to be recognized as well. Some of them are religious dress codes, and while these apply to several religions, it is most applicable to those of the Eastern world. The East employ their dress codes as a part of their tradition and culture, and it is important to note this as well.

While there are common dress codes, most dress codes differ in different countries, and while some are strict, some others are quite lenient. It would be helpful if we understood dress codes and how they apply in the different parts of the world in order to help us adjust to other people’s culture and rules.

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