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Defining Dress Codes

With so many different dress codes out there, it can be difficult to know what to wear, even when the type of dress requested is stated on the invitation. Even then, there are so many variations to requested attires that this topic naturally lends itself to an answer of, “It depends…”. But If we can help you here, even a tiny bit, we’re going to go for it!


Smart Casual
Women: Wear a pencil skirt or dress pants, paired with a silk or button-down top and high heels.
Men: Opt for dressy trousers, paired with a collared shirt and loafers.
Typical places to wear Smart Casual: Office parties, happy hours, or a business luncheon.



“Dressy” Casual
Women: Avoid wearing denim, tennis shoes, and cotton tees. Instead, opt for silk pants, dress pants, or a skirt. Pair with a patent leather flat, or one with nice embellishments such as a bow, buckle, or a print.
Men: Wear trousers and a dress shirt with leather loafers, oxfords, or a slip-on shoe. Pair with a blazer or sport coat. Avoid showing up with wrinkles or clothes one size too big, too small, or in a non-coordinating color. A tie is optional.
Typical places to wear “Dressy” Casual: Church/Temple, dinner, or an invite received via phone or e-mail.


Country Club Casual
Women: Choose an open-necked or polo shirt. You can also go with dresses and skirts with minimal accessories.
Men: Wear an open-necked or polo shirt, paired with khakis. Accessorize with leather shoes and a belt.
Typical places to wear Country Club Casual: The country club (obviously), a friend’s home for dinner, or a nice restaurant.


Business Casual
Women: A skirt, khakis, or dress pants paired with long sleeve or three-quarter sleeve tops. A casual dress and flats are options as well.
Men: Wear a button-down or a polo shirt, paired with khakis, or dress pants. If you so desire, layer with a V-neck sweater, a blazer, or a sport coat. A tie is optional.
Typical places to wear Business Casual: A company party, daily work attire (depending on your job), or business lunch meetings.


Cocktail Attire
Women: Wear a shorter dress with some frill. The classic little black dress makes for great cocktail attire, and is the easiest to show your personality by accessorizing to suit your mood.
Men: Wear a dark suit, coat, and tie. Opting for dark jeans paired with a jacket and tie is also acceptable at some cocktail events, depending on how casual the atmosphere is.
Typical places to wear Cocktail Attire: Adult birthday parties and evening social events.


Lounge Attire
Women: Wear a dress that would be appropriate for brunch or afternoon tea. It should fall to, or slightly above, the knee, and not be too sparkly or low-cut. Incorporate a jacket or shawl to cover the arms.
Men: Opt for a dark suit paired with a crisp, white shirt. You can go with or without a tie. Opting for a vest instead of a tie adds informality of the look.
Typical places to wear Lounge Attire: Daytime engagement parties, business breakfasts, and afternoon tea.


White Tie
Women: A floor-length ball gown is a must. Accessorize with opera length gloves, glamorous jewels, and up-do hairstyles.
Men: Wear a short or waist length black tailcoat (tails should reach the back of your knees,) white bow tie, starched white shirt, and a cummerbund (optional). Sport high-quality black pants.
Typical places to wear White Tie: Charity fundraisers, government ceremonies, weddings, and the opera.


Black Tie
Women: Gussy up in a floor-length ball gown. A very dressy cocktail dress may be acceptable depending on the venue of the event.
Men: Wear a dark suit or a tuxedo without tails. Pair with a white shirt and a tie, or a bow tie with or without a vest and a cummerbund.
Typical places to wear Black Tie: Charity fundraisers, political dinner parties, and weddings.


“Creative” Black Tie
Women: Dress up in a long gown, cocktail dress, or snazzy separates. Accessorize with the latest trends, such as feathers, sequins, sheer fabrics, and capes. Show off your personality with every detail.
Men: Incorporate trendy prints in with your tie and a dressy shirt. Mix fabrics such as a silk blazer and a dress shirt to create a formal—yet interesting—look.
Typical places to wear “Creative” Black Tie: Galas, silent auctions, weddings, and formal dinners that have a fun atmosphere.


“Warm Weather” Black Tie
Women: Wear a long gown with white gloves (optional) and minimal jewelry.
Men: Wear a white dinner jacket, in a worsted wool, gabardine, linen, or cotton fabric material. Pair this with a white dress shirt, bow tie, a cummerbund, and nice black leather shoes.
Typical places to wear “Warm Weather” Black Tie: Formal events that are held outdoors, such as a cruise line or country club dinners, weddings, and galas.


Black Tie Optional
Women: Look glamorous in a long gown, cocktail dress, or luxurious separates. Accessorize with items such as long gloves, clutches, and jewelry to top off the whole look.
Men: If you own a tuxedo, wear it. If not, wear a suit in a dark color such as charcoal or black, paired with a white dress shirt, and a solid colored tie. Make sure patterns are kept to a minimum and shoes are shined. Accessorize your look with a pocket square and cuff links.
Typical places to wear Black Tie Optional: Elegant events such as galas, silent auctions, weddings, formal dinners.



Blog credit: https://www.artinstitutes.edu/about/blog/defining-dress-codes-what-to-wear-for-every-occasion

Hosting a Holiday Party for your Company (Do it)

host a holiday party for your company

With Thanksgiving behind us, many employers are now focused on end-of-year holiday parties. The 3 West Club does have some limited dates still available for a holiday party in December. Contact us today for more information!


(Photo Courtesy of 46Minna)

Corporate holiday parties offer numerous benefits for employers and employees alike. Employees are the heart of a company, and a holiday party is a great way to express your appreciation and thank your team for another year of hard work.

Why should we host a company holiday party?

Research shows employee appreciation can inspire increased productivity, retention and satisfaction among employees. An end-of-the-year party provides an enjoyable evening for employees and allows companies to show their appreciation in a more personal way.

Benefits to having a company holiday party:

It builds culture.

If you’re trying to establish your company culture (or want to reinforce it), the holiday party is a great opportunity to demonstrate what you’re all about. If you try to prioritize individual recognition, you can have an awards ceremony during the party.
Plus, parties are fun! Your employees want to have a good time. While it might seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things, having a holiday party shows you’re a company that values employees’ happiness—and that you’re a genuinely fun place to work.

It boosts morale.

Ending the year on a high note with some fun can boost morale, leaving employees with a high opinion of the company and their work as they break for the holidays. Additionally, it can present an ideal way to kick off the New Year on optimistic footing, empowering your team to return with enthusiasm and energy.

It helps you and your employees get to know one another.

Getting to know your employees as people, not simply as workers, is essential for teams to succeed. Interacting with your employees at a social gathering is an excellent way to accomplish this goal. You can gain insight on how to work best with them in a professional setting by simply listening to their interactions.

Celebrating together is also a great opportunity for your employees to get to know one another. Often at the office, employees only get to interact with others within their department. Having an inclusive company holiday party affords your co-workers the opportunity to meet and mingle with people they might not otherwise get to talk to on a regular basis. Employee bonding in a social context is a key element of team building, which is necessary to produce the best results.

It shows gratitude in a personal way.

It’s true: giving your employees a year-end cash bonus or extra PTO is an amazing way to say thank you for their hard work. However, they will also appreciate a more personal way of showing gratitude. Having a party for them says that you value them as both employees and people—they aren’t just a faceless entity you can throw a check at and call it personal recognition. If you really want to go the extra mile, you can hand out “awards” to employees at the party to show them that you truly appreciate their contribution to your organization.

Now that you’ve decided to host the party, don’t forget to think outside the box to create an event that your employees will be excited to attend.

Please consider these tips for planning a memorable holiday party for your employees.

  1. RSVPs should be voluntary. If attending a company party is mandatory, you may be opening your business to a number of wage-and-hour-related issues. Plus, feeling “forced” to attend an event can really put a damper on holiday cheer.

  2. Pick the venue and entertainment carefully, and keep safety top-of-mind. Consider asking employees for suggestions during the planning process to promote participation.

  3. Create a festive setting where everyone feels welcomed.

  4. Ask managers to lead by example. Employees will often look to their supervisors for cues on proper demeanor at work events. Designate specific individuals to oversee conduct and gently remind employees that company conduct policies apply at the holiday party.

  5. Promote responsible consumption

If alcohol will be served, urge employees to drink responsibly and have a plan to manage the inherent risks:
▪Consider limiting choices to wine and beer with a variety of non-alcoholic options available.
▪Use a drink ticket system to help limit consumption. End service an hour before the party ends.
▪Hire professional bartenders. Don’t let employees serve themselves.
▪Managers should remain alert and watch for employees who may be drinking in excess.
▪Arrange for company-paid transportation for any employee who cannot safely drive. Make sure all employees are aware of this option in advance.

  1. Promote your company event with enthusiasm, and be conscientious. Practicing responsible party-planning doesn’t mean that you can’t also enjoy celebrating with work colleagues and friends.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE 3 WEST CLUB! WE HOPE YOU CHOOSE TO CONSIDER HAVING A HOLIDAY PARTY WITH YOUR COMPANY AND THAT IT TURNS OUT TO BE A SUCCESSFUL EVENT.

Sources: http://www.uniquevenues.com/blog/planning-corporate-holiday-party-your-employees-will-want-attend
https://www.zenefits.com/blog/how-to-plan-company-holiday-party/
http://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/how-to/human-resources/2016/11/planning-the-company-holiday-party-a-checklist.html


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