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    Question smartly attired

    Dear teachers,

    My best friend, David has recently received an invitation letter from a school. He was so happy, but he was confused by a few words in the letter: you should be smartly attired, tie is not compulsory...

    What is "smartly attired"?

    Please help teacher.

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    Re: smartly attired

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    He should look elegant.
    (A suitable dress.)

    P.S. My best friend, David,...

    Cheers!

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    Re: smartly attired

    Yeah, it means you should dress in neat attractive clothes. I think the American equivalent for smart must be "sharp".

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    Re: smartly attired

    Thanks teachers for the help.

    I am not sure whether David will look smart or not if he is wearing a suit without a tie. Is it alright for a man to wear a suit without a tie?

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    Re: smartly attired

    Is it alright for a man to wear a suit without a tie?
    Yes, it is - in the context of this thread.

    No, it's not - for more formal occasions.

    Rover

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    Re: smartly attired

    As a rule, in AmE, "smartly attired" would be a suit and tie. Since this example mentions "tie not required," I'm presuming that "smartly attired" means no blue jeans, no sneakers, no T-shirts. In other words, business casual.

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    Re: smartly attired

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    As a rule, in AmE, "smartly attired" would be a suit and tie. Since this example mentions "tie not required," I'm presuming that "smartly attired" means no blue jeans, no sneakers, no T-shirts. In other words, business casual.
    Thank you so much for this helpful information, Ouisch.

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