By Keturah Kamugasa
At the recent USPA dinner, the dress code was ‘Black Tie’. My OB Aldrine Nsubuga had the misfortune of being turned away supposedly for not dressing appropriately. Funny thing is, there were many far worse dressed.
In Uganda, dress codes are fairly new phenomena and as such it is commonplace for people to get it wrong. For some people, ‘black tie’ literally means just that, a black tie. In reality, ‘black tie’ refers to very formal dress code.
Men are expected to wear a tuxedo or a dark suit and highly polished shoes.
Ladies are expected to wear long evening dress. Sometimes, a ball gown might also be expected depending on the host and venue.
Although guests are allowed to be as creative as possible, it is worthy of note that jeans and T-shirts are totally out of place. Casual shirts, golfing T-shirts are also not allowed. But the cummerbund can be of colourful kente or checks or even kitenge. The point is to ensure that you are formally turned out.