Holiday 2017 Dress Codes, Simply explained!

Dress Codes Explained

It is the season for invites to holiday events that usually have a dress code.Here are some of the common dress codes I am seeing this season broken down for you to easily understand.Very often you get one or two words that say attire and it is really up to you to figure out what to wear,

Formal and Semi Formal

Black Tie

For Men-It is clear you have to wear a tuxedo.Make sure you rent one asap,rentals can get scarce around this season.Also pair it with the right accessories.

For Women-If it is a high-end wedding or a charity gala it requires you to wear a gown. If it is a work related function like an awards dinner you can wear a formal cocktail dress but make sure you accessorize it to the hilt. Your hair and makeup should be elegant and elevated at the same time. If you have any doubts, the best way to figure out what to wear, is to dress according to what you expect the hostess to wear. Do go online and look at the space and pictures of prior events.Social media coverage from last years event is the best place to get a lot of visual cues. This will guide you to select the best option.If you do not want to buy a dress you can easily rent one.

 

Black Tie Optional or Creative Black Tie

For Men-One of the murkier dress codes, men are given the option of either wearing a tuxedo or a dark suit and a tie or bowtie. If you chose to wear a suit make sure it is with a white shirt and step up your accessories specially your shoes.

For Women-The Dress code is a little more open here, you can wear anything from a long dress to a fun cocktail number. If you opt for pants make sure you pair them with a very extravagant top. Think of it like this: You aren’t expected to look as if you’re en route the Oscars, but you should still make an effort to dazzle. Hair, makeup and accessories should be stepped up and try and wear the highest heel you are comfortable with.

 

Cocktail

For Men-For guys, this dress code calls for a dark suit preferably with a tie,stripes and plaids are great. This is an opportunity to have some fun with your shirt adding print, color or texture. Dress it up with a fun pocket square.

For Women, short dresses that are party-ready. If you feel like wearing separates go for a pencil skirt or cigarette pant with a lace or beaded top. Stay away from a traditional suit but try a velvet jumpsuit or tuxedo with statement accessories for a more fun look with a little edge. When in doubt, wear a little black dress or a little red dress and dress it up with fantastic jewelry and over the top shoes.. Cocktail attire is meant to be fun.

 

Festive

Dress code that tends to pop up on invitations around the holidays, festive attire is similar to cocktail attire, but with a holiday bent for men that could be a holiday tie or bow tie.You could also do a fashion forward blazer in a bright color.Velvet blazers for men are very popular this season. Women this is the time to have a little fun opt for red, purple, pink or sapphire blue and add a holiday themed necklace or clutch. This is a great place to opt for the metallic trend specially the silver shine we are seeing this holiday season. Make sure you look is chic, stay away from holiday sweaters and holiday hats.

 

Work Related

Business

For Men this is a dress code suggestion at many daytime semi-formal events (particularly work lunches and conferences), this dress code calls for a suit and tie if you are in a more formal industry or a shirt and blazer for a more creative industry. Do go for a grey or suit instead of black and use this opportunity to sport some pattern.

For Women a tailored dress or a pantsuit or skirt suit. Make sure you go with a very feminine blouse, as it is the holiday season. Color is a great way to stand out here,try red,sapphire blue or wine tones. The idea is to wear something business appropriate that also feels dressed-up. Your outfit is your real star here so keep your accessories sleek and simple.

 

Business Cocktail

For Men-This is pretty much the same as cocktail it calls for  dark suit with a tie.Again step up your accessories and shirt so it does not look like a normal work outfit.

For Women-This is pretty much the same as business,it is telling you not to wear anything too revealing or sexy as cocktail dresses can sometimes be.Again step up your attire with fun feminine and glam accessories.

 

Business Casual

For Men-A great pair of pants or chinos with a collared shirt, you can add a cashmere sweater in a fun color. No jeans and sneakers and do stay away from hoodies.

For Women-This is the opportunity to wear a fun top paired with a great pair of black pants or a pencil skirt. A simple sophisticated dress works just as well, pair it with a pastel cashmere cardigan and marijanes for this seasons key statement. Do sport a monochromatic dark floral print with pop color accessories.

 

 

Smart Casual

For Men-his dress code calls for a dressier version of your casual look.Dress up your favorite jeans with a blazer and leather sneakers. Pair a casual pant with dress shirt and boots. To find the perfect balance make sure at least one item in your outfit is from the dressier section of your closet.

For Women-Dress up your go-to pair of pants with a fun pair of shoes and a wow top. If you chose to wear jeans make sure they are not too distressed and mix them up with heels and a fun jacket. Your outfit should be all about comfort and confidence.

 

 

Casual

For both men and women this can end up being a minefield. It is best to stay away from team logo attire and sweats. If you keep in mind that after all this is an event,even if it is in someone’s home so put some effort in to your appearance. Do not wear the clothes that you lounge around in and the same time try not to look like you came straight from work. Your host wants you to be comfortable and focus on all the fun that is going to take place. So make sure your outfit does just that.

 

Theme

We are seeing more of these around the holiday’s parties, people love to be creative and add a special twist to their holiday event. Do wear something that reflects the theme of the evening as your host is putting a lot of effort into the decor, music and food. If the theme reflects a particular decade like 70’s disco or 50’s glam stay away from the costume shop and go with vintage clothing or contemporary clothing that reflects that era. Go more for tasteful than kitsch unless it is an ugly Christmas sweater party then by all means throw taste right out of the window.This is a big trend this holiday season and stores are full of amazing options.

Even if you are not into dressing up sport a couple of accessories that reflect the theme they will enable you to get in the spirit of the evening and have fun. A hat,earrings or a scarf that reflects the theme is usually a good bet.

 

 When in doubt always dress better than expected!
Sunil

A well dressed man

I usually do not talk about Men’s fashion because I usually find it quite boring.However in the context of them being the perfect accessory to finish your fabulous summer look I do have a lot to say.My observation is that something very strange happens to men in the summer,they completely loose interest in fashion and are quite content wearing an old tee shirt and a pair of shorts they have owned since the beginning of time.I very often find myself in that group and have to struggle to pull myself together.I do have to say that one of the things that bugs me is when I am at an event and in walks in a  beautifully dressed women.On her arm is a man who by not paying attention to his outfit is somehow bringing her whole look down.So take control ladies and make sure he is your perfect arm candy this summer season.

It can be said that behind every well dressed man is a stylish woman.A recent survey suggests that men are responsible for purchasing only 30% of the items in his closet,the woman in his life buys 51% and the balance is made up of gifts from family and friends.Apparently women spend an average of two hours per month, 24 hours each year or 40 days in a lifetime shopping for clothes for their husbands and boyfriends.

So here is what you should be looking for this season.

The best selling color so far this season mostly in shirts,baby blue is flattering to most skin tones.Some new trends we are seeing are interesting buttons,collars and pocket details.This color looks great when paired with white and khaki.

I love this trend it has pink is such a soothing color and brings a is such a play on  traditional gender norms specially when designer Thom Browne chose to dress twin brothers head to toe in this color.It adds a freshness to khaki,white and denim bottoms.It is also a great color to pair with a classic navy suit or pants.Expect some resistance from your significant other but I believe in the saying “real men wear pink”.Look for tee shirts and henrys in this color.

This is the seasons pop color and looks fantastic as a polo or a button down shirt.Stronger yellows look great with a tan,lighter yellows look great with khakis and denim jeans.

Stripes for men have gotten a major make over this season.They are colorful and dynamic and are being used in every direction.This is a strong trend for women as well so if you are both wearing stripes make sure they complement each other.

Camouflage is usually reserved for fall but we are seeing new summer versions that are based more on leaves and flowers.This looks great when paired with tailored cargo shorts or black jeans.

GQ just predicted that floral shirts are going to be one of the hottest trends for summer.We are seeing them on pants and shorts as well.Only the very daring can wear head to toe floral but they look fantastic paired with jeans or khakis.Do pick out a floral print bathing suit for him.

I use the word suit very loosely here,the look is playful,relaxed and very comfortable.The pants are either rolled up or slightly cropped showing the ankle.They are paired with a loafer or a sneaker and can even be worn with a teeshirt.The jackets are mostly unstructured.The vibe is very much about being dressed up and down at the same time.This is the perfect way to wear a suit for an outdoor event in the summer.

So when it is time for you to get dressed up and here are the biggest trends for you.http://sunilr.com/blog/it-is-time-to-dress-up/

“Make sure the man on your arm is dressed up too”

♥ Sunil

 

 

Time to tap in to some Flower Power!

It is crystal clear right now,the number 1 trend for Spring/Summer 2017 are florals.Magazines,TV commercials and Stores are full of amazing floral print for Women,Men and Children.InStyle did a multiple feature on florals,Old Navy’s new TV commercial is full of floral prints and most magazines featured them on their April coversFlorals are the end all and be all this season.They are on clothes,bags,shoes and even hats.
If you only buy one thing this season make sure it is a floral.We love florals because they are pretty,romantic and so uplifting.It is even okay this season to wear head to toe flowers and even mix them.

They were a huge trend on the runway,So here are some tips on how to rock them the real way.

This was the Number 1 trend during the Spring 2017 Runway shows and it has translated really well to retail.Most people look great in a medium scale floral on a dark background.Save the lighter ground florals for later in the season when you are more tanned.The good news is that we are seeing a lot of dresses out there with sleeves.A new trend we are seeing which is great for all you pant loving girls are floral jumpsuits that look like dresses,so now you can have your cake and eat it.The comfort of pants with the look of dress magic.Do not shy away from florals if you are a curvy girl.It is a myth that florals make you look bigger. Placed florals are extremely flattering and can be used to showcase your figure.Always go with a solid shoe when wearing a floral dress.
The great thing is even if you do not love florals you can get that feel and lift by pairing a simple solid dress with a floral bag,shoe and scarf.So even if florals are not your thing get in to spring’s main mood and rock it with your classic little black dress or you little navy dress.

So mix it or match it but fall in love with the power of a great floral.

 

 

Dress Codes Explained Simply!

Dress Codes Explained

It is the season for invites to holiday events that usually have a dress code.Here are some of the common dress codes I am seeing this season broken down for you to easily understand.Very often you get one or two words that say attire and it is really up to you to figure out what to wear,

Formal and Semi Formal

Black Tie

For Men-It is clear you have to wear a tuxedo.Make sure you rent one asap,rentals can get scarce around this season.Also pair it with the right accessories.

For Women-If it is a high-end wedding or a charity gala it requires you to wear a gown. If it is a work related function like an awards dinner you can wear a formal cocktail dress but make sure you accessorize it to the hilt. Your hair and makeup should be elegant and elevated at the same time. If you have any doubts, the best way to figure out what to wear, is to dress according to what you expect the hostess to wear. Do go online and look at the space and pictures of prior events.Social media coverage from last years event is the best place to get a lot of visual cues. This will guide you to select the best option.If you do not want to buy a dress you can easily rent one.

 

Black Tie Optional or Creative Black Tie

For Men-One of the murkier dress codes, men are given the option of either wearing a tuxedo or a dark suit and a tie or bowtie. If you chose to wear a suit make sure it is with a white shirt and step up your accessories specially your shoes.

For Women-The Dress code is a little more open here, you can wear anything from a long dress to a fun cocktail number. If you opt for pants make sure you pair them with a very extravagant top. Think of it like this: You aren’t expected to look as if you’re en route the Oscars, but you should still make an effort to dazzle. Hair, makeup and accessories should be stepped up and try and wear the highest heel you are comfortable with.

 

Cocktail

For Men-For guys, this dress code calls for a dark suit preferably with a tie,stripes and plaids are great. This is an opportunity to have some fun with your shirt adding print, color or texture. Dress it up with a fun pocket square.

For Women, short dresses that are party-ready. If you feel like wearing separates go for a pencil skirt or cigarette pant with a lace or beaded top. Stay away from a traditional suit but try a velvet jumpsuit or tuxedo with statement accessories for a more fun look with a little edge. When in doubt, wear a little black dress or a little red dress and dress it up with fantastic jewelry and over the top shoes.. Cocktail attire is meant to be fun.

 

Festive

Dress code that tends to pop up on invitations around the holidays, festive attire is similar to cocktail attire, but with a holiday bent for men that could be a holiday tie or bow tie.You could also do a fashion forward blazer in a bright color.Velvet blazers for men are very popular this season. Women this is the time to have a little fun opt for red, purple, pink or sapphire blue and add a holiday themed necklace or clutch. This is a great place to opt for the metallic trend specially the silver shine we are seeing this holiday season. Make sure you look is chic, stay away from holiday sweaters and holiday hats.

 

Work Related

Business

For Men this is a dress code suggestion at many daytime semi-formal events (particularly work lunches and conferences), this dress code calls for a suit and tie if you are in a more formal industry or a shirt and blazer for a more creative industry. Do go for a grey or suit instead of black and use this opportunity to sport some pattern.

For Women a tailored dress or a pantsuit or skirt suit. Make sure you go with a very feminine blouse, as it is the holiday season. Color is a great way to stand out here,try red,sapphire blue or wine tones. The idea is to wear something business appropriate that also feels dressed-up. Your outfit is your real star here so keep your accessories sleek and simple.

 

Business Cocktail

For Men-This is pretty much the same as cocktail it calls for  dark suit with a tie.Again step up your accessories and shirt so it does not look like a normal work outfit.

For Women-This is pretty much the same as business,it is telling you not to wear anything too revealing or sexy as cocktail dresses can sometimes be.Again step up your attire with fun feminine and glam accessories.

 

Business Casual

For Men-A great pair of pants or chinos with a collared shirt, you can add a cashmere sweater in a fun color. No jeans and sneakers and do stay away from hoodies.

For Women-This is the opportunity to wear a fun top paired with a great pair of black pants or a pencil skirt. A simple sophisticated dress works just as well, pair it with a pastel cashmere cardigan and marijanes for this seasons key statement. Do sport a monochromatic dark floral print with pop color accessories.

 

 

Smart Casual

For Men-his dress code calls for a dressier version of your casual look.Dress up your favorite jeans with a blazer and leather sneakers. Pair a casual pant with dress shirt and boots. To find the perfect balance make sure at least one item in your outfit is from the dressier section of your closet.

For Women-Dress up your go-to pair of pants with a fun pair of shoes and a wow top. If you chose to wear jeans make sure they are not too distressed and mix them up with heels and a fun jacket. Your outfit should be all about comfort and confidence.

 

 

Casual

For both men and women this can end up being a minefield. It is best to stay away from team logo attire and sweats. If you keep in mind that after all this is an event,even if it is in someone’s home so put some effort in to your appearance. Do not wear the clothes that you lounge around in and the same time try not to look like you came straight from work. Your host wants you to be comfortable and focus on all the fun that is going to take place. So make sure your outfit does just that.

 

Theme

We are seeing more of these around the holiday’s parties, people love to be creative and add a special twist to their holiday event. Do wear something that reflects the theme of the evening as your host is putting a lot of effort into the decor, music and food. If the theme reflects a particular decade like 70’s disco or 50’s glam stay away from the costume shop and go with vintage clothing or contemporary clothing that reflects that era. Go more for tasteful than kitsch unless it is an ugly Christmas sweater party then by all means throw taste right out of the window.This is a big trend this holiday season and stores are full of amazing options.

Even if you are not into dressing up sport a couple of accessories that reflect the theme they will enable you to get in the spirit of the evening and have fun. A hat,earrings or a scarf that reflects the theme is usually a good bet.