‘What Do I Wear To…?’ Series: Dinner With Friends

Happy Friday everyone – the weekend is almost upon us!

I am often asked the question, ‘What should I wear to…?’ – more in reference to every day events that occur in our daily lives such as dinners and coffees than special occasion events such as weddings. The other day, a dear friend suggested that I do a series on what to wear to a variety of reoccurring occasions such as ‘coffee with a friend after school drop off’ or ‘drinks with friends straight after work’, etc, as this is where she struggles the most with clothing decisions.  I thought this was a great idea as I myself find that deciding what to wear to ‘parent teacher meetings’ can often be harder than deciding what to wear to ‘a Christmas party’. So here it is, the start of my ‘What do I wear to…?’ series – with a what do I wear to dinner with friends?

In order for such a series to be useful, I felt that I must feature at least an element of standard wardrobe staples that can be styled differently for various occasions depending on the need of the hour.  Also given that I reside in a colder country, and it gets cold during some part of the year in most countries, I will often try and feature outerwear that increases the seasonal versatility of the outfit.

Jumpsuits are a tricky piece of clothing!  I find that when they work they look fabulous and when they don’t – well let’s just say that make you standout in a crowd for all the wrong reasons.  The key to looking good in a jumpsuit is to find one that fits well.  The fit element is more crucial with jumpsuits than it is with many other garments. These are the jumpsuit rules that I live by: if the leg is too long but it looks great – buy it and get it shortened by a tailor.  If the jumpsuit has no sleeves and is too big under the arms and chest area – buy it and get it taken in by a tailor (this is easy to do by hand as well and I often do it myself).  If however, the jumpsuit does not fit well around the waist area or the material pulls between the leg inseam and waist  – let it go it as fixing this is not so easy.  Overall, I have found that if the fit is off on the top half of a jumpsuit – it can usually be fixed. However, if the fit is off between the waist and the bottom half, it’s best to leave it looking pretty on the hanger and ‘jump’ to the next shop.

A plain black jumpsuit works great as a staple for wearing out to dinner or drinks with friends.  I find that it can be dressed up or down easily and adding an interesting jacket is my favorite way to change it up for a repeat appearance.  Here, I have teamed it with this heavily beaded boxy Indian-inspired jacket that creates a great monochrome look and would keep you warm when the evening (or the air-conditioning) makes you chilly. Black heels and red lipstick are the only accessories needed for a great evening smart casual look.  I have also paired this jumpsuit with flats and a shorter swing jacket in the past for a more casual smart look.

It’s worth trying on many a jumpsuit to find your ‘princely’ piece.  There is however, that one problem with jumpsuits that seems unavoidable. When you need to use the facilities – the entire thing needs to come off.  My final piece of advice – never have too many drinks when wearing a jumpsuit!

Thank you for reading and I hope this will be useful in providing styling alternatives for your everyday events. Please feel free to send me suggestions on events you would like me to feature in this series.

(Clothes and Accessories: Jumpsuit – Express, Jacket – H&M, Earrings – H&M, Shoes – Vince Camuto)

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