Q: “I’ve been invited to this event that says ‘Creative Black Tie’ as the dress code on the invitation. What in God’s name is that?”
- Steve, Makati City
A: The “Creative Black Tie” dress code just means that you are being given license to be a little bit more contemporary and trendy with your tux or dark suit. Usually a solid black dress shirt minus the tie works well for events that call for this dress code. If you want to play it up a bit and be more, well, creative, consider a velvet suit or tux. I’m glad you took the extra step of trying to find out what this dress code really meant instead of making the wrong assumptions. Believe it or not, some have interpreted this to literally mean decorating their black ties.