What can women wear to an office fund-raiser or function? Most often the invitations specify black tie. What does that mean in womenswear?
Black tie, whether it be for men or women, means that you should be as formally and as elegantly dressed as possible. You can’t go wrong with a fitted, straight, knee-length black dress. In fact, it need not always be black, colour will also be fine. Just make sure it is a formal dress, and not something which you would wear during the day.
A well-cut pant suit is also quite acceptable, but there really is nothing better than a sari. It is absolutely the most elegant piece of Indian clothing. Wear a beautiful silk sari to any function anywhere in the world, and you will always be one of the most elegantly dressed women in the room.
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For a party or evening out, how many pieces of jewellery should one wear? I don’t want to look too flashy, but I shouldn’t be underdressed either.
The rules are quite simple: If you’re wearing something in your ears, then leave your neck bare, and vice versa. One statement piece stands out much better than a bang of bling. Having said that, a number of bangles stacked on one arm could be a style statement.
I always think it’s better to focus on one area—arms, ears or the neck. It also depends on your look for the evening. If you’re wearing a dress which leaves your neck and shoulders bare, you could wear a neck piece. If you have swept your hair up in a knot or bun, wear dangling earrings to highlight your neck. Wearing too much jewellery distracts focus from the part you want to highlight and you are in danger of looking like a boutique on the loose.
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