PROTOCOL, CUSTOMS, AND ETIQUETTE (BASIC RULE #4)
Associate professor, PhD at the Department of Diplomatic Service and 
Communication of the Faculty of International Relation of YSU, YEREVAN 








        a. Dress 

So much of diplomatic life is essentially theatrical, symbolic of the power and prestige of the country it represents. Diplomatic parties and the events diplomats attend are choreographed as carefully as any ritual drama, and dress is an essential part of the mystery. Diplomats are, by their nature, conservative, and dress codes really matter to them. The FCO in London operates a ‘dress-down Friday’ policy which has been interpreted to mean that the dress code for Fridays is jeans; everybody wears them. It’s not so much that diplomats like to get things right as that they really hate getting things wrong; anything that puts you at a disadvantage, however slight, is to be strenuously avoided.


        b. Attire 

It is always important to know exactly what the dress code entails. If you are in the least confused about the attire, call the host or hostess and inquire.

Casual

"Casual” has various meanings at different parties in different parts of the United States. Call your host for clarification regarding dress.

Informal

Informal attire can range from jeans to a dressy pantsuit for women and jackets with or without a tie for men. Since informal can have different meanings, if you don’t know your host and what he or she intends, call to clarify.

Business casual

For men: slacks, seasonal sport coat, structured jacket or blazer, optional tie.

For women: matched or unmatched skirt or pantsuit with appropriate top.


Business

For men: business suit and tie.

For women: business attire, skirt suit or pantsuit; traditional jewelry.

Semiformal

For men: dark, dressy, business-type suit, dress shirt, conservative tie, dressy leather shoes, and dress socks.

For women: short afternoon or cocktail dress, long dressy pants or skirt and top.

Black tie

For men: black tuxedo jacket, matching trousers, formal white shirt, black bow tie, black cummerbund to match tie, dressy suspenders to ensure a good fit (optional), black patent leather shoes, and black dress socks; no gloves.

For women: formal, long evening dress, short cocktail dress, or dressy long pants and top; no gloves.

White tie

For men: black tailcoat, matching trousers with a single stripe of satin or braid, white pique wing-collared shirt with stiff front, white low-cut waistcoat (waistcoat must not extend below the coat front), white bow tie, black patent leather shoes, and black dress socks. White or grey gloves may be worn.

For women: formal long evening gown. Gloves are worn.
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