My husband and I have been invited to a 50th surprise birthday party in August. Invitation states dinner, drinks and dancing – plan for fun ‘Newport Chic’ cocktail attire. Not sure what the term Newport Chic translates to. Event begins at 6:30pm and will be held at a residence. How formal or informal will we need to be?
–J. G., New York, NY
Another way of saying ‘Newport Chic’ is ‘Jacket & Tie.’ Men in summer suits or lightweight blazers with off-white trousers, collared shirts and colorful ties. No sandals or flip-flops, but men can wear loafers without socks. The women will be wearing an array of dressy knee-length and above summer cocktail dresses, maxi cocktail dresses, and fitted silk jackets or tunics with slacks. If the host had wanted men to wear tuxedos, the dress code ‘Black Tie’ would have been on the invitation instead of ‘Newport Chic.’
For more specific ideas as to what a woman might wear to an informal dinner dance such as this, go to what2wearwhere.com and Hilary Dick will have plenty of ideas for you.
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