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Thursday, August 28, 2008

What does "Design Blogger Festive" look like?

- safari chic, accessory monkey optional -

A hilarious article on Jezebel bemoans the increasingly weird party dress codes appearing on wedding and party invitations. Fashion editor Sadie Stein (love that name!) provides a handy cheat sheet:

  • Resort Dressy: Think Ralph Lauren, uptight WASPS in movies who need to have their minds blown by free spirits.
  • Wild Chic: "Wild" is always horrible code for "cheetah print." Think "Miami divorcee."
  • Safari Chic: The hosts may envision 70s YSL, but they'll get Khaki. Animal prints optional. Looking stupid mandatory.
  • Ferrari Hot: Red, slits, cleavage. Basically, "Italian mistress."
  • International: "It's a Small World"
  • Creative Black Tie: "Creative" is code for "stupid vests." Possibly whimsical chapeaux, too.
  • Festive: This always evoked those holiday Express-style outfits, like pencil skirts with little red angora sweaters. Sequins may be involved. This also emcompasses "teacher sweaters."

    Stein put in a plug for the dress codes she would like to see:

  • Monopoly Chic
  • Staten Island Festive
  • Appalachian Hot
  • Munchkin Land

  • What would you add or what is the weirdest/stoopidest dress code you've ever seen on an invite?


    erin@designcrisis said...

    Hmmm.... no dress codes that require tux jackets in unholy union with bolos, denim and cowboy boots? Obviously not written by a Texan.

    The Nerdy Fashionista said...

    Project Runway Wall of Shame
    Richard Simmons Active

    OK, you know what? It's 3 in the morning and I'm going to stop before I get started. Lists are daaaaangerous. My best friend from college and I used to stay up till all hours of the morning compiling lists of words we thought were disgusting. (Top three: moist, squat, and insert. Since then, I've never ceased to be astonished by the universal horror that the word "moist" inspires.)

    Raina said...

    I'm getting moist just thinking about a P/R Wall of Shame party...