As dressing challenges go, I think the one on the invitation to the French American Chamber of Commerce soirée, Passport to France, last Thursday evening was particularly intriguing.
The directive was: “Business Elegant.”
Now, when it comes to translations, as in “how do I interpret the message?” I found the directive and the delivery thereon (the delivery being how the women who attended the event decided to follow the dress code) a fascinating study in the vast nuances on language and, of course, style.
It was clear many of the women either don’t work outside of the home or they went home before the party to change their clothes. There were some serious cocktail dresses on site, including some strapless numbers which I interpreted not appropriate in any offices of which I am aware. (Although a cardigan or a jacket are little cover-up wonder workers. . .)
As we’re heading into the often overwrought holiday party season, officially debuting this week with Thanksgiving, I thought it would be fun to put together three foolproof outfits for those of us who may need to transition a professional look to one that feels more festive.
Many women’s wardrobes, regardless of her age and whether she works in an office or from home or doesn’t “officially” hold a job, no longer feature clearly evident cocktail dresses.
Nevertheless, most of us have occasions when we need to finesse for a fete. So, I thought it would be fun to work off of the FACC party and its dressing guideline to take dresses that could definitely go into an office and then easily slip out for a night requiring more glam.
I considered taking my camera to the event, but decided it would be in very bad taste. The vast, vast majority of the women — Americans and French — did look spectacular, but you’ll have to trust me on that.
Since we frequently find dressing up a stress inducing conundrum — and who needs more stress this time of year(?) — I’ll be writing more on the subject as we get deeper into the fun-filled season.
All of the sets above would have been perfect at the French and American evening.