Dresscode guide - „Dressing well is a form of good manners.“ Tom Ford

Black tie

Black tie

  • the most festive evening wear, in which we may only show up at events after 7 p.m.
  • a binding dress code, usually specified for gala evenings, state banquets, premiers and balls

Men

  • tuxedo and black bow tie
  • the tuxedo may be black or dark blue
  • trousers are always black
  • the shirt is white, with hidden buttons and double cuffs

Women

  • short dress or evening gown
  • women can choose any colour
Creative black tie

Creative black tie

  • an excellent opportunity to express your creativity within this very formal style
  • the goal is variety and the effort to look different, interesting and spectacular

Men

  • tuxedo must be worn, there is more freedom in choosing accessories
  • you can change the colour of the lapel handkerchief or the stripes along the outseam of the trousers

Women

  • the ideal opportunity to colour coordinate with your partner
  • short or long dress, which can have interesting details – e.g. jewellery or clutch
Black tie optional

Black tie optional

  • unrestricted formal clothing
  • no tuxedo and short dress prescribed as is usual, the host gives more freedom
  • not appropriate to be dressed better or worse than the host – this would be a faux pas in both cases

Men

  • a dark suit can be worn with a coloured shirt, a jacket can even be worn without a tie

Women

  • a short dress or suit (even trouser suit) is most suitable, pumps and tights
Black suit

Black suit

  • this dress code is also sometimes called dark suit

Men

  • black or dark blue suit as a base
  • only black leather laced loafers and black socks are worn
  • the most frequent accessory to a black suit is a tie, but a bow tie in various colours may also be worn 
  • you do not have to wear a tuxedo shirt with hidden buttons with the black suit

Women

  • a short dress in any colour is the counterpart to a dark suit
  • the only exception is a ball, when you can wear a long dress to your partner’s black suit
Business formal

Business formal

  • a higher class of formal wear for business
  • business formal should give the impression of the highest degree of respect and trustworthiness, which is why it is popular with lawyers, financiers and diplomats

Men

  • high-quality classic black, dark blue or dark grey suit

Women

  • dress, closed-toe pumps, nude tights, appropriate skirt length, covered shoulders
  • handbag similar to a men’s bag, made from stiff leather
  • suits of various designs and colours are classic business wear
  • a trouser suit worn with a white shirt, nude or black knee socks and quality shoes is also possible
Business casual

Business casual

  • a more relaxed style suitable for wearing to the office and business meetings
  • we are still politely dressed, but we show that we want to avoid formal wear 
  • we can even visit a small theatre, party or restaurant without a tie and with uncovered shoulders

Men

  • you can remove your jacket and tie, but you must keep long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt
  • the shirt may be coloured, with a subtle pattern
  • business casual permits a pullover or vest

Women

  • although naked shoulders are not permitted for business dress, they are permitted for this casual style
Smart casual

Smart casual

  • modern informal clothing
  • smart is the equivalent to the French “chic“ – elegant, tasteful, fashionable, distinctive, creative

Men

  • this includes shirts with interesting collars, without a tie or with a scarf, a light or striped jacket in summer, a blazer with buttons, with light grey to white trousers, jeans, beige or light brown moccasins without socks
  • also coloured jackets, sweaters, linen trousers, jeans, handkerchiefs, creative colours, designs and patterns
  • knitted fabric of various colours is a good source of smart casual elements

Women

  • also have a wide range to choose from, short coloured dresses, A-line skirts, culottes with a blouse, floral patterns, quality jeans and mini-skirts are all appropriate
Casual

Casual

  • very relaxed, leisurely and informal style
  • may be slightly or more shocking
  • this is the style we regularly wear every day

Men

  • includes T-shirts, jeans and shorts
  • T-shirts with a collar and comfortable, walking shoes and sport jackets are ideal

Women

  • anything worn on a daily basis, avoid fringes and holes, choose a subtle pattern
  • you can wear open-toe shoes, but beach wear and shoes with a very high heel are inappropriate, tennis shoes, ballerinas or sandals can be worn