Last Saturday I worked a school auction in the Washington National Cathedral. The dress code was “Cathedral Dress.”
Though I’ve been to the Cathedral many times, I’ve worn everything from shorts (as a tourist) to a dress (for an organ concert). I wasn’t exactly sure what was appropriate to this event, so I asked.
I learned that it could be cocktail, but nothing too flashy or bright. Sort of a “business cocktail.”
Dress codes are important; you want everyone to be comfortable, and most will be more at ease if they wear clothing that ‘fits’ the festivities.
Below is a nice example of how a January client shared her auction dress code on the school website.
- The planner provided a brief written description of what would be appropriate.
- The official dress code — “Cruise Elegant Attire” — was listed.
- How clever to include the color scheme. It’s the first time I’ve seen that done. If a guest wanted to match a dress or tie to the event colors, the palette is provided.
Do you have any opinions on auction dress codes?
Are you doing anything to get the word out about your preferred attire?
Post your comments below.