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Many men find this in­vi­ta­tion the most con­fus­ing. This look is most likely re­quired for a pro­fes­sional-but-in­for­mal evening func­tion, a gar­den wed­ding or a sig­nif­i­cant event like your grand­par­ents’ wed­ding an­niver­sary or a friend’s book launch.

It’s less for­mal than black tie but still re­quires thought and care. Think suave and dap­per. “Cock­tail” is an in­vi­ta­tion to show some ex­tra per­son­al­ity by adding colour and tex­ture to a suit and tie. You can mix it up with jacquard or vel­vet blazers, bright pocket squares, flo­ral shirts, cuff­links and lapel pins.

If you have the ba­sics – trousers with match­ing jacket – you can af­ford to go a bit wild and mix spots and stripes when it comes to the shirt and tie.

Shoes: loafers, brown leather brogues, even boat­ing shoes are fine. Avoid a for­mal shoe. Avoid a trainer – no mat­ter how hip at the time.

Can you wear an open col­lared shirt? Yes, but it is a lit­tle “loose” so make sure your ac­ces­sories are up to scratch (watch, belt, shoes, cuffs) so it doesn’t look like you’re slum­ming.

Think Tom Ford.

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