Charity events are always a special occasion, but to find the perfect dress for such events can be challenging. You would want to avoid being too dressed up but yet dress in a way that expresses respect for the event and its host. Fortunately, decoding dress code clues can help you make the right choice every time.
Types of charity event dresses
With new styles and fashion trends coming up by the hour, it is quite difficult to purchase a dress that will match your accessories and look fantastic on you. The same can be said about a man’s bowtie, tuxedo or jacket. So, here is a short list of the types of charity event dresses that are on the top in 2017.
Glitter and sparkles
When it comes to a glitter dress, you may want to shine but make sure you do not overdo it. A sparkling dress, with a black choker and some lovely diamond jewelry, will get you tons of praise.
Short and Bodycon
Be careful with these. Short and bodycon dresses are mostly appropriate for casual events, but you have to be careful as these dresses are high maintenance. You need to remember at all times to maintain an upright posture and resist from pulling them to cover your thighs. Be comfortable in them, and you will look chic and casual, yet with a purpose. Pair the look with some Jimmy Choos and simple ear studs.
Formal and sophisticated
This year, it is a tie between mini and maxi. The sleek LBD is back and is trending in these charity events. A dress with a hiked-up hemline, sheer tights, and car-to-carpet shoes, will make heads turn when you walk in.
Long and bold
The floor-length gowns with floral designs are in fashion this summer for casual events and formal events, dresses with thigh slits are back. Other styles are trending as well like the street style, and open back.
Dress code for charity event
A dress code is always tricky. Men may be required to wear a black suit and a white bow tie for most of the charity events. Selecting the dress code that matches the event you are attending is another dilemma. For example, when the invitation states “casual,” you can almost guarantee that no woman will show up in a gown or a floor-length dress. A sundress or even a stylish shirt and jeans ensemble are entirely appropriate. For a cocktail event, women tend to wear shorter dresses with some frill, and if nothing fits the bill, then a classic little black dress will always make for great cocktail attire. Men usually opt for dark suits, coats and tie paired with stylish jeans for cocktail events and a jacket and a tie for the casual events. So think twice before you finalize your attire and read the instructions on the invitation to avoid coming to an event slightly overdressed than the rest of the guests.
White Tie events
A white tie is a very formal type of invitation and both genders should take exceptional care when selecting their attire. Men usually prefer to wear a black tailcoat (short or waist-length), with black pants. Also, it is important that the trousers display a single satin stripe. If you pair this look with a white, crisp and collared shirt, a black bow tie and white vest or cummerbund, no matter the age you will look as dashing and charming as a prince. Other accessories may include gloves, shirt studs, cufflinks and black shoes. Women, on the other hand, opt for floor length gowns that can range from tea and ballerina to full-length. In such events, the gowns are usually made of velvet, satin, and organza. With elegant updo hairstyles and glittering diamond jewelry, the ladies look quite stunning.
Black tie events are a little less formal. At these events, men dress in black tuxedoes paired with a white, pleated tuxedo shirt. Gloves and cummerbunds are optional, but black shoes, cuff links, and bow ties are a must. Women prefer to wear full-length ball gowns and elegant cocktail dresses. These events usually involve dancing as well, so women tend to wear gowns with a flared skirt so they look gorgeous when a man swings them around.
On such occasions, ladies tend to wear short dresses, skirts and little black dresses paired with high heels and minimum jewelry, while men wear different darker shades of suits with white shirts. In this case, the vest is optional.
It is also known as business casual or country club casual. Women can wear bodycon dresses and formal skirts. Men are usually dressed in collared shirts, slacks, and loafers. Men who like the continental look can wear a navy blue blazer.
How to choose a Tie?
A tie and a bow tie are very necessary accessories during charity events. Men should give a good look at the lining of the tie since that is what tends to bind the tie together. The next important factors are the fabric, its feel, and smoothness. The texture of the tie is also important should be put into consideration.
Men should also look at appropriate sizes for their tie as the selected tie usually corresponds to the width of the jacket. The tie should not be either tight or loose. The intricate methods of tying a tie as well as bow tie is an art, so it is always better if men master it from the start.
Though it may appear as the men’s wardrobe is limited compared to a woman’s, but that is not true. It is hard to find an appropriate tie to match the shirt, shoes and jacket or tuxedo.
What you need to wear for the event depends on the dress code and the event type. You should dress to impress but keep in mind that you need to look smart and decent. Choose the outfit that matches your body shape. Regardless of the event, you should be comfortable in what you wear, and that is the most important factor. If you are ever confused about the attire for a fundraiser or any event, just have a peek at this article, and you will surely get a clear idea.
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This post is written by Chris Bouchard, a regular contributor to the GEVME blog. Chris is a consultant for non-profits and social entrepreneurs. Find more information on his website www.revgensolutions.com.