top fashion essentials

The worst feeling one could have is to feel ‘out-of-place’ and that is exactly the feeling that you get when you turn up at an event not dressing appropriately. You have all the eyes on you but for the wrong reasons; people are talking about you but only to point out that how misfit you are. How much you wish to invoke the Usain Bolt in you and take a flight !!!

With so many diverse dress codes out there, it can be challenging to identify what to wear, even though the type of dress requested is specified on the invitation. Well, we bring a few ’life-jacket’ tips and would help you remain afloat, whatever event it may be.

Smart Casual

When to wear it: office party outings, happy hours, business luncheons.

Women: Sport a pencil skirt or dress pants, teamed with a silk or button-down top and high heels.

Men: Opt for elegant trousers, combined with a collared shirt and loafers.

Dressy Casual

When to wear it: Religious gatherings, dinner, or an invite received via phone or e-mail.

Women: Drop the idea of wearing denim, cotton tees, and tennis shoes. Instead, go for silk pants, dress pants, or a skirt. Brace with an out-and-out leather flat, or one with nice add-ons such as a buckle, bow, or a print.

Men: Dress in trousers and a dress shirt with an oxfords, leather loafer, or a slip-on shoe. Teamed with a blazer or sport coat. Avoid turning up with wrinkles or clothes one size too big, too small, or in a non-matching color. A tie is optional.

Country Club Casual

When to wear it: the country club, cruise lines, fine restaurant, friend’s home for dinner.

Women: Pick an open-necked or polo shirt. Dresses and skirts with minimal accessories would also do the trick for you

Men: Sport an open-necked or polo shirt, complete with khakis. Embellish with leather shoes and a belt.

Business Casual

When to wear it: daily work attire, business lunch meetings, company party.

Women: Brace a skirt, khakis, or dress pants along with long sleeve or three-quarter sleeve tops. A casual dress and flats are available on the menu as well.

Men: A button-down or a polo shirt, with khakis or matching dress pants. To counter the chill in the weather, layer with a v-neck sweater, a sport coat or a blazer. A tie is optional.

Cocktail Attire

When to wear it: evening social events, adult birthday parties.

Women: Opt for a shorter dress with some frill. The classic little black dress is a great cocktail attire and is the easiest to highlight your personality by accessorizing to suit your mood.

Men: Fit out with a dark suit, coat, and tie. You may slip on dark jeans paired with a jacket and tie, depending on how casual the atmosphere is.

So, the next time you an invitation for an event, you know what to wear and how to dress up for the event. All the eyes will be on you and people would be talking about you but this time around it will be because you would be looking stunning, dressed up for the event.