The key to a Dress Code

The key to a Dress Code

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Stephen Jones Millinery

Fashion is all about expression and I’m the first person to go against the crowd and like to wear statement pieces. However, there are times where a dress code applies and I also think a key thing to fashion is dressing appropriately for the occasion and your body type. A dress code will most of the time symbolise a special event or occasion, (take Ascot for example) or some working environments.

Would you go to Ascot not wearing a hat? Of course not, it’s an unwritten rule that the races is mostly about what you are wearing on your head rather than your dress or bag. Obviously the way you put your look together is important but the statement dress code is hats/headwear.

So think awards ceremony, the dress code is always black tie and cocktail dresses. If you turn up with a hat it would be highly inappropriate and an unsuitable style as it doesn’t work with the dress code for that occasion. And the same applies to the catering team, they will be following a strict dress code and more often than not dressed smartly, in head to toe black and white.

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In casinos for example the dress code is very strict, even with the staff having to follow a strict dress code similar to an awards party. For example, even when playing online in front of a live dealer you can see that he/she follows the dress code. So how does one choose the right look for the casino, a garden party or wedding? If fashion isn’t your thing and you are looking for inspiration to make a real statement then the best way to do this, is to do a little research along with planning, which is key.

The more time you have the better chance you have to look and feel great on the night or day. First of all head to the internet and search for the specific type of event, for example; Awards dinner dresses, mother of the bride dresses etc. This should give you a little inspiration. Then if you are struggling invest in a personal stylist. They will bring you brands and styles that you wouldn’t normally consider but will definitely help you make a statement.

If you work for the police, a bank, hospital or church a dress code will apply. So the key to dress codes is always dress appropriately for the occasion or circumstances. Happy styling!

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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