18 May 2017
May 18, 2017

Party Dress Codes for the Summer

By Melrose W. Fisher
May 18, 2017

What will you be wearing to your summer events this season? Will you be dressed appropriately? Nowadays, the rule is “there is no rule.” I tend to agree to some degree with that phrase, but personally, my mother is still sitting right here on my right shoulder saying “a 12noon wedding is a ‘high noon’ wedding and is formal. Any wedding after 5 pm is a formal wedding with 8 pm wedding being the most formal or black-tie.” As we all know, that was when everyone got married in a church, and there weren’t destination weddings, beach weddings and invitations with dress codes described as “dressy casual,” “festive” and the like.

Dresses are popular choices for most any “festive” or “formal” event these days. Most people view dresses as a statement piece that implies…this is a fancy occasion. Depending on if the event is “black-tie” or “cocktail” may determine the length of the dress. Dresses tend to bring out the feminist in a lady. One tends to walk a bit more gracefully and carry themselves a little differently when they wear a dress. Maybe slightly more sophisticated, chicer, more refined. Do you agree?

My opinion is that a dress limits one in how many ways you can wear it; therefore, not giving you as much bang for your bucks as separates do.

In the Carlisle and ETCETERA spring summer collections, we have great outfits for every occasion you may be attending during the summer no matter the level of formality. If you’re in a bind about what’s appropriate to wear to an event, give one of us a call and we can help you. We can take that burden off your shoulders.

Below are some event examples and outfit ideas from both Carlisle and ETCETERA:

Memorial Day or July 4th Backyard Cookout – CASUAL

ETCETERA TOP – LOLITA -#212997 | ETCETERA PANT – Suave- #208996 | ETCETERA HAT – FEDORA -#213802

  |ETCETERA TOP – SANDSTONE – #210978  |  ETCETERA BOTTOM –Sugarcane- #208802  | ETCETERA HAT – FEDORA -#213802

CARLISLE CARDIGAN – OASIS – #110581 | CARLISLE TANK – OASIS – #110582 | CARLISLE PANT –LAGOON – #109569

PANT- Dockside – #409993 | TOP – CAPEMAY- #410820

CARLISLE BLOUSE – ZOE- #512918

Beach Wedding (on the beach) – FESTIVE

CARLISLE DRESS – FRENCH BLUE -#115812

CARLISLE DRESS – MYSTIQUE -#515654

ETCETERA VACATION – #215956

CARLISLE BLOUSE – CORSICA – #112833 | CARLISLE SKIRT – CORSICA – #114803

CARLISLE DRESS – NOVELLA -#515934

ETCETERA- Retro -Style #215970

BLACK-TIE

CARLISLE DRESS – OPERETTA -#115863

CARLISLE DRESS – BRUSHSTROKE -#115811

ETCETERA –RAVE = #215972

COCKTAIL

ETCETERA TOP- JASMINE-#203803 | ETCETERA SKIRT – MOONDANCE -#214978

ETCETERA TOP – GAUZY- #210806  |  ETCETERA PANT- CLOUD – #209968

ETCETERA COPACABANA – #206659

CARLISLE TOP – DYNASTY -#112842 | CARLISLE PANT – DYNASTY – #109842

CARLISLE TOP – SAIL – #110826 | CARLISLE PANT – DYNASTY -#109842

 CARLISLE TOP – TOILE – #512900 | CARLISLE PANT – LINO – #509904

CARLISLE DRESS – PARADISE – #115810

POOL/PATIO PARTY – FUN CASUAL

CARLISLE TOP – MOTION – #112804 | CARLISLE PANT – ANCHOR – #109808

CARLISLE TOP – LIANA – #510909  | CARLISLE SKIRT – PARLOR – #514927

CARLISLE TOP – PARQUE – #110829 | CARLISLE PANT – CARINA – #109845

BEACH PARTY – BEACHWEAR

CARLISLE BATHING SUIT– ESTATE – #118853

CARLISLE WRAP – PRELUDE – #517954

 Wishing you a fun and relaxing summer ahead no matter what party code you may break.

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