Wednesday, November 20, 2013

What to wear at a hotel or lounge party

I was invited to attend a party at a lounge in the city recently. It was for a young crowd and you can read all about what I wore here.

Before attending the party, I thought about what one should wear to such a party particularly when there was no mention of a dress code.

I think that for such occasion, wearing a dress is always appropriate. A cocktail dress, printed, embellished or in bold hues is always elegant. If you want to be classy, do not go for a uber short length, just above the knee should be fine. The fit is also a must; do not go for that super tight bodycon that will dig into your body and makes you feel uncomfortable all night. To bring the outfit to the next level, add a cover up such as a blazer or a cropped kimono.


Deepika Padukone for Van Heusen collection

Blazers available at Koovs.com and Max


Lace dresses from Only and Zara


Dare color a la Kelly Rowland at Vero Moda

Another option would be to go for a deconstructed suit. By deconstructed I mean  pants and blazer that are not in the same color or print. Skinny pants with added details are so in right now. Some even come all sequined but go for darker colors like black and bronze, and smaller sequins to avoid looking tacky. A white or black simple top will complement the outfit.


Same style pants can be found at Splash stores

A jumpsuit is also a fun and different approach. I like it because it is hassle free ( except when you need to go to the bathroom) and can still be elegant.
Try Globus stores for something similar

Although I enjoy maxi dresses, I think that they are a bit too much for a casual party. Unless you have one that is very light and not boldly printed. Something classic and simple will make you fit in with the crowd.

Now, no outfit will be complete without the right accessories. The shoes always make or break an outfit. For this occasion, opt for high heels, the higher the better. Platform sandals, peep toe pumps, even booties would do. But make sure that you can walk in those killer heels or else...Jewelry is also a must but always remember that less is more: statement necklace on its own, dangling earrings or studs, cuffs or watch but do not decorate yourself like a Christmas tree.


 The shoes ( similar can be found at Inc 5 or Sole to Soul) and clutch (Forever New)



Accessories ( Accessorize, Forever New and Much more stores have the same styles)

Now, I know that the party being casual, one can be tempted to rock jeans. But for me, this is a big no no. It will make you look like you did not bother or try hard enough. There are other ways to go for that effortless look that does not involve denim. So keep them at home, and look you best.

Finally, be confident and opt for comfort. It does not matter if you are wearing a rug or a couture gown, if you do not look confident and/ comfortable, you will never shine.


So what option will you rock for your next party?

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