Making an Afternoon Call

Making an Afternoon Call

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Now it’s time to talk about visiting friends and family. Yes, even making an afternoon call has rules. An “afternoon call” is simply a fancy way of saying you are going to visit a friend.

Afternoon calls should be made between three and half-past five.


If making just a regular afternoon call, and not attending a formal afternoon tea then you should wear the regulation afternoon dress, which is an informal dress such as dressy casual wear.

  • Women:  Wear a casual dress. It should fall to, or slightly above, the knee, and not be too sparkly or low-cut. Incorporate a jacket or shawl to cover the arms.
  • Men: Opt for a dark suit, paired with a French-cuffed, crisp white shirt. You can go with or without a tie. Opting for a vest instead of a tie adds to the informality of the look.

Making an Afternoon Call

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