An Overview of Basic Dress Terms

If you have ever discovered too late that you wore the wrong clothes to a party, you know the importance of learning the meaning of the dress terms commonly used in Army social circles... The first rule to remember is this: If you receive an invitation and are not certain of the dress requirement, never hesitate to ask the hostess for mores specific information. The second rule is: If you discover that you’ve worn the wrong type of clothes to a function, laugh it off and enjoy the party.

Dress Terms
Actually, there are only three basic dress terms: formal, informal and casual. The problems are that informal and casual are often confused for one another, and occasionally a few different dress terms are thrown in which may add to the guests' uncertainty.

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