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What to Wear Where

Friday, January 20, 2012
Hi Guys ! T.G.I.F!!! So i was recently invited to a Luncheon. On the Invitation it said "Business Attire". I had no idea what to wear. This is my first job in the "Corporate World". All my previous jobs had been in the creative industry , so you would dress professional but you'd always wear what was in style at the time. I have a lot of professional clothing , but i was thinking that a pink button down would not work in this "situation". I finally called my sister , she told me to relax , it simply meant "work clothes" but try to stick to neutral colours ... NO PINK!! . I am sure there are tons of you who are just like me ... you are invited to an event and you have no idea what to wear. As always, i am here to help you with that little problem. I've narrowed it down to the 6 main categories : Casual , Business Attire,  Business Casual , Cocktail , Black Tie Optional and Black Tie.

Casual : In this situation , anything goes ... but try to use your discretion. For example , suppose you are invited to a work picnic and you decide to wear shorts. Make sure that your butt cheeks are covered. Rule of thumb : If you find that your pockets that are suppose to be on the inside are showing on the outside... it is too short.



Business Attire : Pants or skirt with a really nice button down top ( with a collar) and nice shoes. As for the shoes , try to stay away from "peep toe" heels. I have no idea why , but they say peep toes are not appropriate for work. That's what "they" say , but i don't agree. And ladies!! I am talking to you .. if you decide to wear stockings , please for the love of God .. make sure they have no runs ... and they are either black or a colour that matches your skin tone. At the luncheon i mention before , there was a lady who wore white stockings with her sky blue suit ... and it had so many runs in it .. not even Usain Bolt could catch it.







Business Casual : This is like "dress down Friday" wear. You'd wear a nice jeans pants or skirts. However , you should stick to dark washes and also ones that are not ripped like you scaled a fence to get to work , and make sure if it has embellishments ... these should be on the back pockets.







Cocktail : This is easy. Plain and simple , just wear a dress ... make sure it is knee length.






Black Tie Optional : Whenever we hear this in Jamaica , we tend to get a bit antsy. This would apply more to guys than girls , and this means you'd wear a suit rather than a tuxedo. Ladies , you'd wear a nice dress of any length.







Black Tie : Now here is where it gets a bit tricky. There is not much of a difference between black tie and black tie optional. In that the optional version is a bit lenient when it comes to the length of the dress while with black tie , you should stick to a dress that is floor length , and you should try to look "polished" , please stay away from noisy jewellery.



I really hope I've helped to clear the confusion of what to wear where today. I hope that i have inspired at least one person in at least ONE way to get out and be creative :-)
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