So, you've been invited to a high society event. Congratulations; this is will be a great experience. You may be excited beyond words at the prospect of meeting new people and observing the elite up close. You may also be worried about how you're going to dress yourself properly, what's expected of you when it comes to etiquette, and whether or not you'll stick out like a sore thumb. We've all been there, so we created this article just for that reason: so that everyone who wants to can enjoy themselves as much as possible at their next high society event.
To dress up or not?
Before deciding what to wear, the first thing you should do is find out what kind of event it is. If it's a formal dinner party at a person's house or venue and they're serving wine & gourmet dining chances are you'll want to get dressed up. If it's a casual barbecue at your friend's backyard, then it might be okay not to dress up as much.
The Black Tie event.
Black tie events are the most formal. They are usually black tie, and held at night. Many of them take place in a ballroom or hotel ballroom, though they can also be held outdoors as well.
The white tie event.
White tie events are rare and formal, requiring men to wear a tailcoat with a waistcoat (or cummerbund) and bowtie. If you don't own one of these, it's going to be a great investment (they can range on average anywhere between $250-$2000). You may also rent the outfit as well if you don't attend many white tie events. These events also have strict dress codes regarding footwear(no sneakers), collar style (No open collars) , and general etiquette (Dining and manners).
The garden party.
The garden party is the perfect place to meet new contacts and network. You can wear a suit or blazer, or even just slacks and a nice shirt if you are feeling casual. For women, traditionally it's best to dress up but still conservatively - this means wearing either a skirt/dress or skirt/blouse combination. A nice pair of heels will complete your look!
As you can see, there are many options for attire at high society events. While the following tips will help you prepare for your next event, remember that your clothes and accessories should always be chosen in accordance with your individual sense of style. If you’re unsure about what to wear, ask yourself two questions:
What are my personal style aesthetics?
What is the budget to spend on an outfit?
The first question will help guide you toward picking out an appropriate dress or suit that suits your personality. Just remember to keep the look as simple and neutral as possible. Add some nonflashy accessories of your taste. The second one will help ensure that you don't overspend on an outfit if it doesn't fit into your budget. As we mentioned earlier, you may also rent the outfit but we recommend you buy since we see it as a personal investment.
When it comes to attending high society events we want our readers to know that there is no right or wrong answer. The only most important thing is that you make sure you feel comfortable in your own attire and are able to feel confident throughout the night. The goal of this blog post was to provide you with some ideas and tips on how you could make the evening a more enjoyable experience by helping you pick out what event is best suited for you and what type of clothing may work best for each occasion. Please reach out with any questions you may have by scrolling to the top of this page's banner and click to call. You may also chat with us live by clicking "Chat with us" on the bottom right of this page.