What The Heck Is ‘Cocktail Attire'? Decoding This And Other Dress Codes For Men

Long gone are the days when “jacket required” dining was the norm, and the three-piece suit was the standard uniform of the downtown office. Men’s everyday dress has evolved a lot over the years. The freedom of modern fashion means a lot of rule breaking -- well, until you’re confronted head-on with a dress code requirement, that is. Even those with the surest sense of style might freeze in confusion.

Maybe you receive an invitation for a “black tie optional” wedding in Montauk, New York. “Optional”?! What does that even mean?

When in doubt, wear dark dress socks. We’re teaming up with Dockers to break down various scenarios with explicit dress codes. We’ll tell you what they mean and what’s appropriate to wear to each.

No compromises in quality. Just versatile, essential style. We have taken an enduring, admired brand and made it stronger. Dockers® has embarked on a journey to redefine the way men dress and ignite a focus on head-to-toe style.