I'm writing a wedding invitation in both Chinese and English. In English, the dress code is "black tie optional", which means guests are given the option to either wear a tuxedo or a proper dark coloured suit. What would the equivalent of this be in Chinese?

Candidates I have so far are

  • 正裝
  • 禮服

Neither seem to accurately capture the equivalent of "black tie optional". Any other suggestions? If it matters, this invite will mostly be sent to people in Hong Kong.

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    Will it be sent to both men and women? – Henry HO Jul 11 '16 at 7:24
  • 随意着黑领结......... – user6065 Jul 11 '16 at 7:25
  • Yes, both men and women – mchangun Jul 11 '16 at 7:27
  • I am afraid there is no short equivalent Chinese term. You may need to say explicitly, e.g. "男賓客請穿著禮服或深色西裝, 女賓客請穿著晚禮服或短禮服." Or you can be creative and put sth like "衣著規定: 輕鬆隆重". The guests will then read the English version. ~ lol ~ – Henry HO Jul 11 '16 at 16:01

In the end, I went with:


  • Could you share your reasoning as to why you chose this solution? – Alenanno Sep 11 '16 at 9:17

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