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Dress Code: Decoded. Ladies Who Lunch Edition.

Lunch can be tough to nail down. From what time it should take place, to how light or heavy the meal should be, to (most importantly) what to wear, lunch, luncheons and the celebrations that take place mid-day can be hard to grasp. And not just because we all lead such busy lives. Lunch is that meal we so often skip, whether it is to save calories to splurge on a big dinner, or because we just don’t have the time.

In this world where lunch is so often an afterthought, how do we dress when we get invited to a lunch time event, be it a bridal/baby shower, a charitable luncheon at a museum, or a boozy birthday lunch with the girls? Where is the line when it comes to dressing for an elevated day event? How much is too much to drink before 5? Does anyone still wear a hat? These are the questions that flood our minds as we pencil in a lunch date.

Once again, we are here to clear up any confusion and calm any questions that arise from these in-between events.

First up: Luncheons.

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If it’s a more sophisticated charity or professional event, a conservative, but elevated dress like the one above can be perfect. Pair it with a bootie to make it slightly more daytime. A statement necklace is great to break up a dress with a high neckline, and a large tote makes it easy to transition from office-to-event.

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Another way to do professional luncheons is in a pant and blazer. By styling it with a printed silk top, and a cropped flare instead of a traditional trouser, the look becomes less stuffy and more stylish. Transition effortlessly from the work to social with an oversized tote. No need to be matchy-matchy with the pants and blazer.

Next: Showers.

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From Bridal  to Baby, a sundress is always appropriate when it comes to showers. If you aren’t sure about how dressy the event venue is, go for an elevated (but still very daytime) dress . Silk dresses in bright or pastel colors like the one above pair well with neutral shoes, for a chic but fun day look.

 

Lunch with the Girls.

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A short, airy dress that shows some skin is ideal for a boozy lunch with friends. A flat sandal or gladiator makes it daytime, but is dressy enough that it can easily transition into night seamlessly if the lunch runs into happy hour. If you don’t want to show off your legs, a maxi dress or relaxed jumpsuit is also perfect for this occasion, while still allowing you to get some sun if you find yourself on a patio.

This last look is ideal for a daytime event where you need to look fashion-forward and effortlessly cool. Wearing a dramatic short/skirt combo like the one pictured, or a maxi skirt, with a silk blouse tucked in is a great look anytime you want eyes on you. We like this look for celebrations–for your own shower, or if you are the birthday girl. It’s the perfect opportunity to take chances and turn some heads.

 

Wear it Well,

The kk girls xx

 

 

Dress Code: Decoded. Black-Tie Optional Edition

There are so many great things about this time of year. The weather. Vacations. Fresh vegetables in season. An influx in invitations to social gatherings–be it weddings,  luncheons, cocktail hours, showers, parties or graduation gatherings. The list could go on. We love all of these occasions, particularly if they give us an excuse for a new outfit.

With these invitations, though, often come the confusing dress-codes, written in small print at the bottom of formal invitations. Black-tie Optional. Business Casual.  City Chic. Business Cocktail. Something written in such small font, almost as an after thought, should not cause so much stress. But they do, for us, and customers. We’re  here to help, to finally decode exactly what those little phrases mean, and how to dress so you feel right in place–not the dreaded over-dressed or under-dressed.

First up: Black-Tie Optional.

This dress-code has become standard on so many wedding invitations. What does it mean? It means that the host doesn’t feel comfortable asking guests to be fully black tie, but they want to make it clear that it is a dressy event. Sport coats and sundresses will look out of place.

For men, this is pretty cut and dry. They have the option to wear a full tuxedo, or, if that’s not their thing, a full suit, preferably in black or dark navy. For woman, the meaning is a little murkier.

First, if you have a date, take cue from them. If your guy is going full tuxedo, it makes sense to wear a dress that leans more towards black-tie.

 

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Alternatively, if your date was wearing a long dress, it would be a good contrast to wear an elegant jumpsuit.

 

A chic, dressy jumpsuit like this can be a alternative to a dress, that falls firmly into the black-tie optional category. Pair with a dressy heel, a statement earring and a metallic clutch and your look is complete, as shown above.

For a look more on the optional end of black-tie optional, opt for a cocktail dress, which can be short and sassy, while also being appropriately dressy. Many times, woman read black-tie optional and think they should be wearing black. That could not be farther from the truth! Don’t be afraid to play with color, print, or both.

Another solid, equally elegant choice to its longer counterpart is a classic, elevated little black dress. Always chic, always in style.

As long as you feel dressy and elevated, your look should fit in just fine for the occasion. One other issue we often encounter when dressing for black-tie optional wedding is whether or not you can wear white. So what is the answer? Some white is fine, but try to fall more in the ivory or cream category, with distraction. A jumpsuit with a white top and black bottom is fine, as is an ivory dress with elaborate beading, like the one shown below.

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Wear it Well,

The kk girls xx

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