We plan outfits for our shindigs like most people plan their grocery list. Some people meal prep on the weekends, we outfit prep. There are always numerous networking events, social gatherings, and charity parties to attend; E-vites, invites, tickets, and tables… we can never make them all. Many frequent these gatherings to dance, eat, scoop up auction items for a tax write – off, or show their support to those in need. We, to be entirely honest, go to check out the ensembles of the guests. If people watching were a sport in the Olympics, ALG would win a gold medal and be on the fashion Wheaties box.
Sometimes these events make it very difficult to figure out the proper codes of dress. The amalgamation of an antiquated city and an influx of young professionals to the region can create an interesting interpretation of what is appropriate attire at New Orleans’ gatherings. Also the dress codes on the invite and the actual location of the party can cause quite a conundrum when attempting to decipher what one is and is not supposed to wear. One of the most the most confusing invites we received read, “Casual Cocktail.” Now according to the Emily Post bible there is “Causal attire” and then there is “Cocktail attire.” We would seriously show up in flip flops and a short fit & flair dress with sequins if this were our literal understanding.
ALG would like to provide a bit of style support on planning your attire for social fundraiser/event/gala/gathering du jour:
Classy not Trashy – Think about who may be at this event. Will your boss or grandparents of your new boyfriend be present? Is this a gathering that has large corporate sponsors? Is this event one that has been around for decades? If yes was replied to any of the above questions keep your dress and shoes tasteful.
Rise to the Occasion Check out social media pictures from past events to get an idea of what guests have worn in the past. Certain events in the city of New Orleans used to be very formal and black tie. Currently formal attire on many gatherings are reserved for the hosts/chairpersons. We have moved towards a dressy cocktail world in order to attract a younger crowd and keep the events fun and accessible to all.
It’s Easy to be Cheesy – Sheer or illusion fabric, bedazzling, platform heels appear cheap. No matter what age you are “Stripper Chic” not a good look. Find a dress that flatters your figure and accentuates your best features.
The Dogs Are Tired – Test drive those shoes! Bare feet at a party is an ALG Style “no, no.” If the event happens to be at a park or on rocky terrain, we suggest a cute pair of sandals or fold up ballet shoes to put in your clutch. We applaud the geniuses at Zoo-to Do this year who were selling 20$ flats! Amazing and bless you! Brilliant!
My Momma Don’t Like You – Unfortunately we live in a world that perception is reality and first impressions are hard to erase. These events can be a ton of fun, a great way to network, and if you a single…of course meet some new “friends.” Take pride in your appearance and attire. You never know who you might bump into.
As always ALG Style is available for your fashion 911. We are forever your fashion fairy godmothers. We too can be a big haute mess at times and place no judgement on anyone. Please feel free to give us a shout out and we would be honored to solve any fashion dilemma.You can reach us at 504.237.1104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Aimée Gowland and Corrie Pellerin, ALG Style