It’s November and the year is coming to an end soon, what does this mean? Holidays, year-end bonuses, company shut-down period… the annual Dinner & Dance (D&D) affair is here again! You’re at the right place if your reply is “oh no, not again… what kind of dinner dress should I wear?”
You have to maintain your image and impression as it’s a corporate function afterall. Dressing will depend on your company’s culture, the location (hotel? restaurant? office?) and most importantly, the theme of the night.
Here’s a mini survival guide (for ladies, sorry gentleman) to your company’s D&D. The suggestions here are dresses or other clothing you can wear everyday for work or play. If you were to buy a costume, most likely you’ll have to chuck it in your wardrobe after wearing it once.
Some common dinner & dance (D&D) themes and suggestions on dressing:
1. Gangster / Mafia Dressing Theme
This theme is all about playing the bad guy, looking tough and smelling of money filth. Material worn has to be stiff, clothing have to be fitting and of good cut, preferably with buttons – think trench coat, suits, tie, tights skirts.
For ladies, you can go for a few styles depending on your personality. Get a vest and a short skirt + fish net stockings, wear a trenchcoat or trench style dress with Charlie Chaplain’s style hat. If you prefer pants, wear a jumper, jump suit or pant suit and top it off with a hat.
p.s: These are costumes and they all happen to be in stripes, solid colours will do too.
The key is to accessorise, clutch, sunglasses, hats, guns, cigars, ties and obi belts are your best friend.
2. Greek (Grecian) / Romantic Roman Style
Tasked to dress up as a Grecian or Roman? Usually you can dress up for this theme with a low budget. Material of your dress (you can also DIY!) should be soft and flowy (i.e chiffon or cotton), clothing should drape easily. If you want to play safe wear white and gold (gold is essential!) and toga style dresses. Shoes should be open-toe or sandal style. Tie a gold thread at the back of your heels or sandals and criss-cross it across your calf. Pick a braided gold headband or hairband (those with golden flowers or leaves will do too).
3. Retro / Disco Dress-up
4. Hollywood Glamour
If the party is held at a hotel and you’re not expected to be in gowns and tuxedos, follow this guide. Else you may need to rent a gown and some gloves. Similar luxurious/royal themes include Las Vegas, Red Carpet or Casino Royale. Most ladies would wear black, I can guarantee you that. Safe picks include black (this is not just safe but very boring), maxi dresses and long dresses. Want to be more adventurous or be in the limelight? Pick these:
Not sure which dress would be suitable for your D&D? Don’t worry, with Ministry of Retail’s return policy, you can return the unsuitable pieces for an exchange or a refund in credits. Need help with a D&D theme? Email us with your theme and measurements at email@example.com.