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By Jack McInally
With a lack of regular occasions to suit up in Black Tie these days, it's a dress code we hardly make use for in this world of camouflage skinny fit joggers and long line t-shirts with zips up the back.
The tux or dinner jacket (or DJ if you're ritzy) is your biggest investment. It differs from a usual suit jacket as a contrasting material is used for the lapel, usually a silk or similar material, which stands outs. Quality DJ's can be expensive but a jacket that fits and is well made can last you years.
A white dress shirt is a must in completing this unique look. You can splash out on a wing collar front pleated shirt if you must, but a turn down collared, classic slim fit white shirt is often more stylish and can be worn to other, more relaxed occasions. Complete the look with a bow tie and simple but elegant cuff links - black, white or silver.
The Bow Tie
You'll read a lot of blogs that say "Learn how to tie a bow tie!!!" but unless you're James Bond or Colton Haynes a clip round bow tie looks just as dapper and saves you time when you're waiting on your limo (or more likely Uber).
Black, of course, and skinny or slim fit depending on your preference. Your shirt should be tucked in with a smart plain black belt - there's nothing more tasteless than a MOSCHINO belt buckle hiding your waist.
Footwear is probably the second most important feature after the DJ. Strictly black dress shoes should be worn. However, depending on the occasion brown smart shoes can often look classier at more relaxed events. And as with the DJ, you get what you pay for with shoes, and it's worth the investment.
A Waist Coat
A three piece adds that extra part of elegance to any black tie event, plus you can take off your DJ and still look 10/10.
A black or midnight blue velvet DJ can look very cool, as long as it fits right. It stands out and is popular as it has a kind of vintage look. However, it goes without saying that you should keep the velvet to the jacket and wear black trousers - not an entire velvet get up.
Traditionally wearing a time piece at a black tie event was considered insulting to the host, as keeping an eye on the time went against the celebratory nature of such events. However, it's now 2017, and checking the time on your wrist is more elegant than on a 7 inch phone screen. Keep your watch slim, black, and the face as basic as possible - again MOSCHINO...nope.
Because why not.
Keep your phone and wallet in your DJ pocket, not your trousers. It looks bad and scuffs the outside of your pockets. Shine ya shoes. And finally, don't stress.
To find some outfit examples from our previous shows, please visit out photo albums on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/GUCharityFashionShow/photos/?ref=page_internal
By Jocelyn Gilmour
What does one wear to a fashion show? Lets be honest, GUCFS is no lfw ( London Fashion Week, duh) so you don’t need to be front row ready. HORIZON is basically a party, with a fashion show in the middle, in aid of charity. But girl, you wanna look good.
The show is officially Black Tie but what is Black Tie? Does it mean full-length ball gowns? Or sequence cocktail dresses? My advice – dress to impress. Be sassy. Be cool. But be comfortable – you’ll never look good if you don’t feel good in your outfit (a mistake I made at AfterDark ’15).
Why was this dress a mistake? Well, its white = bad idea when you drink vodka coke & there was a lot of tape needed….. Not the best idea when you running around like a headless chicken.
Dress from Solace London, RRP £180 but I got it from eBay for only £40!
Last year, my dress literally arrived the night before the show – I was nearly outfit repeating (disaster, I know)!!! Since it arrived so late, I had no time to get it altered and ended up with a dress with about a 10foot train. Do not wear a dress with a long train, it will only get stood on and ripped off – RIP dress.
I have minimal photos of me in this dress ( I was probably too busy bossing someone about). This dress was specially made & designed for me (Tall probs). £200
There are very few opportunities to get dressed up at uni, so use the Fashion Show as your time to shine! Go long or short, it doesn’t matter. I mean look at this sassy short dress from Asos. Or this full-length organza special that will make you feel like a princess.
Your outfit doesn't need to break the bank. Think eBay, Depop or even Boohoo. Or better, steal your flatmates!
My 5 top tips for dressing for the Fashion Show
1. Be comfortable – you are going to be in your outfit from pre drinks until the 2am.
2. Don’t like wearing dresses? Get some sassy trousers and avoid having to fake tan your legs.
3. Spice up your dress some accessories. Primark currently have some fancy bargain hairbands that will spice up any outfit.
4. Be prepared. You don’t want to be running about the West End on a Saturday afternoon trying to find a pair of sucky in pants (or maybe that’s just me). You’ll have more time to enjoy getting ready and feel extra special.
5. Be extra!!! Think the earrings are too much? Wear them. Glitter lips? Do it. Heels to high? Never. You do you!
I hope to see all you sassy girls strutting down SWG3 like it’s your own catwalk.
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