My husband and I have been invited to an event at his work and the dress is “party chic.” I have a knee length, off the shoulder black dress with embellishments on the shoulders. Would this dress be appropriate for the dress code? I have heard that other women are wearing pants, so I don’t want to be too dressed up.
Also, what would be appropriate dress for my husband. We are both in our late 40’s.
–H.M., Seattle, WA
Chic is personal. For you, your black, off the shoulder, knee-length dress is chic. For other women, pants are chic. It sounds as though you’ve found your own style, so flaunt it. I’m with you. “Party Chic” is a fun dress code encouraging guests to be fashionable and flaunt their style.
Cocktail attire for a man is a jacket, tie, and well-shined shoes. Suggest to your husband that he wears his favorite combination. If this isn’t the conservative jacket and tie crowd, look at the Belstaff.com website for men’s jackets; when he finds a look he likes, scroll down to find ‘Complete The Look,’ with ideas for trousers, sweaters, and short boots.
The dress code for cocktail parties, office parties and “Party Chic” are more about the quality of the outfit rather than the dressiness.
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