Decoding Dress Codes  

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Published on: October 24, 2015

 

Singaporeans love parties especially after work hours. After the day’s toil, we deserve to have some fun and meet other people beyond our work circle. So, if we are given an invitation for a party, we should not think twice and grab the opportunity. After all, it is not every day that we are invited to parties.

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Sometimes, we decline the invitation without carefully thinking about it because we are conscious of the way we dress or we do not know what to wear. It is good if the invitation says what to wear. In case the invitation states the theme or the dress code, it is time to think about it.

Here are some common party dress codes and how to achieve it:

  • Cocktail chic: If we are invited to cocktail events, wearing shirts and sweatpants will not do. We have to consider short or long party dresses. We have to look chic and not old. For example, we have to consider sequined body con dresses and make sure that we do not look like a disaster when wearing it. The best way is to add flair to our look by injecting our personal style through accessories, hair and makeup.

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  • Smart casual: When we hear the word “casual”, suit-and-tie comes to our mind. This should not mislead us. Smart casual is a step down from formal – it is polished but not too formal. For example, we can consider a nice fitting dress that falls little above or below our knees. For those who prefer jeans, it is still acceptable – we just need to work on our top and the statement heels.
  • Casual: Of all the dress codes, this is somehow the simplest to achieve. In this attire, we can do without structured ensemble. Casual dressing is appealing because it allows us to wear comfortable dresses. Spontaneity is the key to achieve our casual look.
  • Semi-formal: For semi-formal events, we should avoid wearing dainty dresses. Times change and it is now acceptable to wear a dress suit or pantsuit. To achieve this look, we can choose silk, cashmere, velvet and poly-cotton brocades.

At the end of the day, if we do not want to worry about the dress code, we can just whip a new look out of our day look. We can simply change our hairstyles and make up then perhaps bring heels with us. Voila, we are transformed! The party is after all not about dress codes but about the celebration and the companionship.

If it is hard to look for the right dress code, we have to make our outfit do.

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