Tenue de ville dress code

In dress code tenue de ville the ladies are expected to wear a cocktail dress, short dress or a suit, optional finished with a hat or other hair accessories. This neat clothing style is often requested at weddings, outdoor parties and openings.
Under the explanation and tips you will find the dresses in our collection for the Tenue de Ville dress code.

Tenue de Ville dresses

What does Tenue de Ville mean?

Literally translated it is clothing that you wear to the city. The name dates from the past when people were formally dressed to visit the city. Tenue de Ville is a neat dress code, stylish without the chic and glamour. It is mainly worn for occasions which taken place during the day. The ladies mainly wear light colours and pastel shades. The men usually appear in a stylish suit, in dark blue or grey, with a light shirt and dark shoes. The classic style for women is a suit or dress, but nowadays neat dresses or a skirt with blouse are a great choice. Pay attention to the skirt reaches the knee. Your complete outfit must be stylish and elegant. So, opt for pumps or neat ballerinas, subtle accessories, calm makeup and a modest hairstyle.

Tips for Tenue de Ville

  • Tenue de Ville is neat, not chic.
  • Choose light colours or pastel shades.
  • Cocktail dress up to / over the knee.
  • Low heels or ballerinas.
  • Be subtle with accessories and details.
  • Calm makeup and hairstyle.
Short evening dress with lace top and chiffon jacket | modelnr c-a1-85

Short evening dress with lace top and chiffon jacket.

Short evening dress in a straight fit with half-length sleeves | modelnr c-

Short evening dress in a straight fit with half-length sleeves.

Short evening gown with transparent short sleeves, a matching satin jacket and decorated with a colourful print | modelnr c-a1-74

Short evening gown with transparent short sleeves, a matching satin jacket and decorated with a colourful print.

Straight evening dress with boat neck and lace bolero jacket | modelnr c-e1-1

Straight evening dress with boat neck and lace bolero jacket.

Short evening dress just above the knee, the dress is covered with lace which runs over in the transparent Spanish sleeves | modelnr c-a1-73

Short evening dress just above the knee, the dress is covered with lace which runs over in the transparent Spanish sleeves.

Chiffon cocktail dress with pleated sleeves and skirt above the knee. | modelnr c-a1-84

Chiffon cocktail dress with pleated sleeves and skirt above the knee.

Short evening dress with a high boat neckline, short sleeves and beautiful application of rhinestones | modelnr c-a1-63

Short evening dress with a high boat neckline, short sleeves and beautiful application of rhinestones.

Knee length lace dress in charcoal gray, off shoulder neck line and small sleeves | modelnr c-mo1-6

Knee length lace dress in charcoal gray, off shoulder neck line and small sleeves.

Gala trouser suit with asymmetrical bodice and semi-high off-shoulder neckline | modelnr g-a2-60

Gala trouser suit with asymmetrical bodice and semi-high off-shoulder neckline.

Pink lace short dress with a high-necked boat neck and knee-high skirt. | modelnr c-u1-105

Pink lace short dress with a high-necked boat neck and knee-high skirt.

Glamour evening dress with short skirt and glitter waistband | modelnr c-u1-116

Glamour evening dress with short skirt and glitter waistband.

Strapless korte avondjurk versierd met strass steentjes, een bolero jasje en rechte rok met horizontale plooien | modelnr c-u1-67

Strapless korte avondjurk versierd met strass steentjes, een bolero jasje en rechte rok met horizontale plooien.

Short evening gown with transparent short sleeves, a matching satin jacket and decorated with a colourful print | modelnr c-a1-74

Short evening gown with transparent short sleeves, a matching satin jacket and decorated with a colourful print.

Lace evening dress with a round neckline, long trumpet sleeves and a short skirt till the knee | modelnr c-u1-103

Lace evening dress with a round neckline, long trumpet sleeves and a short skirt till the knee.

Short and straight evening dress feature a lace bolero jacket with ¾ sleeves | modelnr c-e1-7

Short and straight evening dress feature a lace bolero jacket with ¾ sleeves.

Satin short dress in light grey with pink embroidered flowers on the bodice and a smoothly flared skirt till the knee | modelnr c-ul1-28

Satin short dress in light grey with pink embroidered flowers on the bodice and a smoothly flared skirt till the knee.

Dark blue glittery dress made of a luxurious sequin fabric, with long sleeves and subtle puff shoulders | modelnr c-a1-75

Dark blue glittery dress made of a luxurious sequin fabric, with long sleeves and subtle puff shoulders.

Classic short evening dress with long sleeves, the heart-shaped body is finished with lace fabric which gives a wide V-neckline. | modelnr c-n1-62

Classic short evening dress with long sleeves, the heart-shaped body is finished with lace fabric which gives a wide V-neckline.

Cocktail dress with lace top, a high V-neck, chic cap sleeves and chiffon circle skirt to the knee | modelnr c-a1-76

Cocktail dress with lace top, a high V-neck, chic cap sleeves and chiffon circle skirt to the knee.

Straight evening dress with a high neckline and the back is beautifully cut open with scalloped edges of lace | modelnr c-n1-67

Straight evening dress with a high neckline and the back is beautifully cut open with scalloped edges of lace.

Short sweetheart evening dress with embroidered bodice and Taft bolero jacket | modelnr c-u1-63

Short sweetheart evening dress with embroidered bodice and Taft bolero jacket.

Short evening dress with a lace bodice, a high-necked halter neckline and transparent diamond-shaped pattern | modelnr c-u1-102

Short evening dress with a lace bodice, a high-necked halter neckline and transparent diamond-shaped pattern.

Embroidered short evening dresses with a 1/2 long sleeves bolero jacket | modelnr c-u1-75

Embroidered short evening dresses with a 1/2 long sleeves bolero jacket.

Halter cocktail dress with glitter fabric, short skirt and beaded and rhinestone waistband | modelnr c-u1-111

Halter cocktail dress with glitter fabric, short skirt and beaded and rhinestone waistband.

Your perfect Tenue de Ville dress

The dress code Tenue de Ville appears on many wedding invitations. Although it literally means "City wear", you cannot appear in jeans and a T-shirt. The name may sound chic, it is a stylish and elegant style. Without the glitter and glamour, since Tenue de Ville is mainly worn during daytime. The ladies can wear a short dress but pay attention to the length of the skirt. This should reach to or over the knee. The A-line or flared dresses are often worn. Miniskirts and tight dresses are not suitable for this dress code. Summer tones or light colours are an ideal choice, avoid busy prints or black. After all, you don't want to stand out in a negative way. Wear stylish pumps or smart ballerinas under your dress. These can be in the colour of the dress or a suitable shade, as long as it remains stylish and elegant.