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    What would that mean...? Black tie or business attire?

    It's not a wedding, it's not a dinner party, it's not a dinner etc. It's just an awards ceremony for two hours over drinks and canapes at the offices of a law firm...

    Black tie or not?
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    Probably, have you asked anyone else on the guest list? Best to double check.
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    Sounds black tie to me.
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    Black tie
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    Just wear whatever you want. Dress codes are outdated forms of hierarchal repression.
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    (Original post by Rant)
    Just wear whatever you want. Dress codes are outdated forms of hierarchal repression.
    you seem like the type to rant to his parents about being an anarcho-syndicalist and how clothes are an oppressive burden that suppress our freedom. BUT BY ALL MEANS OP, just chuck on your gig-attendance converses - the ones covered in mud and piss - and some skinny jeans, maybe a fake leather jacket and some £4 replica shades and you'll look the shiz.
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    Ask someone else who's going? Sounds black tie, but how significant is the event - it one of the bigger events of the firm's calendar? I'd say try to go halfway, so maybe on the dressier side of business.
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    (Original post by lesbionic)
    What would that mean...? Black tie or business attire?

    It's not a wedding, it's not a dinner party, it's not a dinner etc. It's just an awards ceremony for two hours over drinks and canapes at the offices of a law firm...

    Black tie or not?
    Black tie... but maybe not literally a black tie, if u want to look less formal :P
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    Black tie. Tie it really tight around your ****, then hopefully it will drop off.
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    Personally, I would expect that if they wanted you in black tie they would explicitly state that, and therefore that formal would simply mean business suits. However, (assuming you're a guy as it's easier to tread the line in between for girls) if you want to avoid getting it wrong, just ask someone else who's going.
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    (Original post by bacforever3)
    Black tie... but maybe not literally a black tie, if u want to look less formal :P
    But it's just an awards ceremony for a relatively small society (pro bono) at my university, and they are holding the two hour event at Linklaters (a law firm). Normally on the law firm open days or drinks evenings, you just wear business suits... not black tie tuxedos... I don't know anyone else who is going...
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    (Original post by Helenia)
    Personally, I would expect that if they wanted you in black tie they would explicitly state that, and therefore that formal would simply mean business suits. However, (assuming you're a guy as it's easier to tread the line in between for girls) if you want to avoid getting it wrong, just ask someone else who's going.
    That is what I thought - other law events always state black tie... not just 'formal' and the law open days I've been on everyone just wears business suits, obviously.

    Thanks
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    (Original post by Crocodile, M.D.)
    you seem like the type to rant to his parents about being an anarcho-syndicalist and how clothes are an oppressive burden that suppress our freedom. BUT BY ALL MEANS OP, just chuck on your gig-attendance converses - the ones covered in mud and piss - and some skinny jeans, maybe a fake leather jacket and some £4 replica shades and you'll look the shiz.
    You seem like the type to get hit in the face.
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    wear a Burka? It's appropriate for all occasions?
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    Lounge suit
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    Not sure why this is in H&R, but traditionally:

    Formal = White tie
    "Semi-formal" = Black tie
    Informal = (Lounge) suit

    However, in this day and age, "formal" can pretty much mean anything. Black tie is probably the safest choice (you might be overdressed, but the invitation was ambiguous enough to excuse it).
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    (Original post by rmanoj)
    Not sure why this is in H&R, but traditionally:

    Formal = White tie
    "Semi-formal" = Black tie
    Informal = (Lounge) suit

    However, in this day and age, "formal" can pretty much mean anything. Black tie is probably the safest choice (you might be overdressed, but the invitation was ambiguous enough to excuse it).
    Yeahh, people suck at formality these days. You will be surprised how many people turn up to black tie in lounge suits (even when explicitly stated)! I would have said black tie, but for some reason the claim that it is in a law firm's offices made me change my mind..

    P.S. The occassion certainly does not merit White tie (and is not synonymous with formal)!! White tie definitely needs to be explicitly stated.
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    (Original post by ForKicks)
    P.S. The occassion certainly does not merit White tie (and is not synonymous with formal)!! White tie definitely needs to be explicitly stated.
    Haha, I know (back in the day, "formal" did automatically imply White tie or Morning dress, depending on the time), . I just put that in for completeness.
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    (Original post by rmanoj)
    Haha, I know (back in the day, "formal" did automatically imply White tie or Morning dress, depending on the time), . I just put that in for completeness.
    I wish there were more white tie events
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    (Original post by ForKicks)
    I wish there were more white tie events
    Of course. The apex of male elegance:

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ate_dinner.jpg
 
 
 
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