In Western clothing;semi-formal;is a grouping of;dress codes, indicating the sort of clothes worn to events with a level of;protocol;between;informal.
Choosing appropriate dress for a party or reception and dance can sometimes be tricky. Because of all the different designations such as formal, white-tie, business casual or semi-formal, you need to know what kind of clothing and/or accessories are appropriate for each level of formality. Understanding which is which will help you avoid embarrassment.
When you receive an invitation to an event which specifies semi-formal, this means a cocktail-length (knee-length). You have to wear sheer hosiery. Leave the business pumps at home and put on the dressy pumps. You can accessorize with tasteful jewelry.
Semi-formal events are holiday parties, weddings and dance/receptions. The annual office Christmas party can often be designated as a semi-formal occasion.
Business Formal for women it suggests that women opt for more tailored dressy suits and dresses. The idea is to still be business appropriate -- which means nothing too sexy or slinky -- but still dressed up.
Cocktail Attire means short, elegant dresses for her and dark suits for him. The little black dress is the ultimate cocktail dress and appropriate for most special occasions.
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