I love going out to social gatherings. They are a wonderful opportunity to get out of yoga pants and tee-shirts, put on a beautiful outfit and feminine shoes. Many times I have wondered what the appropriate outfit is for the occasion. Sometimes it can be confusing what is appropriate for the event.
Fashion Guide for Social Outings
Tis the season for weddings and great parties. Weddings are one of my favorite social outings. It is a celebration, happy times, well wishes, and good company.
Outdoor vs. Evening Weddings
Outdoor and day time weddings call for different attire than evening weddings. For an outdoor wedding think flowing sundresses, flowery summer dresses, colors that relate to the flowers and foliage. Of course, if the ceremony is held in a church or religious structure remember to wear a sweater or jacket (out of respect) and mind the length of your dress.
Evening weddings are more in tune with cocktail parties. Think a little black dress (LBD), fancy cocktail dresses, and formal wear. Always be mindful of the length — it’s a wedding not a night club.
Because these are held in religious structures be mindful to wear attire that is respectful. Try to avoid sleeveless, very short dresses. Wear a sweater or jacket if your dress or top has none. Avoid anything too low-cut. Think classic, demure, chic, and respectful.
Bridal and Baby Showers
Lovely celebrations for some of the major events in our lives. Wear something feminine, colorful, and celebratory. Maxi dresses and pretty floral sundresses are perfect.
Funeral and Wake
Sad events are always difficult to attend. They deserve respect and reverence in attitude and attire. Avoid anything floral and colorful. Think respectful pantsuits, knee-length dresses with a sweater, and longer skirts. Do not over accessories with jewelry, sequins, or show items. Though black is not mandatory it is best to remember the nature of the event and select a color such as gray, navy, and charcoal.
Business Party or Work-Related Event
A party is always fun but work related means dialing back the loose party factor to something a bit more professional. Dress a bit up from your normal work attire but not too much. Think statement, glittery necklace with a skirt and blouse. Change out of the slacks and flats to something a tad more festive.
For a day-time event remember you are representing you professional self. Think appropriate length dresses, capri pants, Bermuda shorts, and stylish tops. Avoid anything questionable such as sheer, revealing, ripped, or inappropriate graphics. Don’t wear anything too clingy or revealing. You don’t want to be the talk of the office for your racy attire at a company function.
Always remember to wear something chic, not too short, sheer, or shocking. If you can check out the site online for ideas about formality and atmosphere. Keep a terrific statement necklace and earrings and a pair of evening type shoes on hand to dress up your day to work outfit.