Semi-formal men’s attire is one of the most common dress code requirements, but what exactly does this mean? With so many dress code phrases being thrown around it can easily be confused with formal or smart-casual attire. However, semi-formal attire for men has its own set of principles that all men should adhere to. Understanding the unique set of rules of dress codes can help prevent you from being overdressed or underdressed.
Semi-formal means to dress in a sophisticated manner while showing personal touches in the ensemble. This dress code is very common for weddings or evening events that are not black tie. It can easily be confused with formal attire but formal attire is more traditional as it requires either a black suit or tuxedo. Semi-formal attire is slightly more relaxed while still requiring a blazer with matching dress pants or a 2-piece suit, along with a dress shirt and in most cases, a tie. Semi-formal may give the impression that it’s relaxed, but all men should dress more formal side while taking into consideration what the event is for.