The blurry area between ‘formal’ and ‘informal’ tends to give rise to confusion almost every time when you have to dress for a semi-formal event, since the name itself sounds as a contradiction. It is not easy to dress conservatively as the semi-formal style demands, and make heads turn, both at the same time.
However, these styles will help you achieve the almost-formal-yet-not look that you crave for:
Look #1: The Peppy Palazzo
Surely, palazzos are back with a bang, flaunting their sartorial wonder. And the most indigenous way to wear a palazzo is to pair them up with a long kurta. Kurtas are meant to be long and flowy, and so are palazzos. This combination brings out an elegant ethnicity to the outfit, fitting perfectly well together.
WM take: Pick up a royal blue, traditional printed palazzo and top it up with contrasting plain white, Chinese-collar kurta; slip into a pair of vibrant pair of Rajasthani mojris and a jholi with big earrings. You’re all set for any occasion – whether you’re heading to the market, attending college or even a not-so-formal meeting. This outfit not only achieves a smooth, flowy silhouette (especially when you have a stiff body) but also leaves you looking classic and stylish. The fluid fabrics add to the illusion of length.
Look #2: The Polo Prep
Chic but not made-up – if that’s the kind of style you’re looking to pull off, you definitely want to try out polo dresses. Let beauty meet comfort, while you still stand out in the crowd.
WM take: Go for a plain black polo dress featuring half sleeves and a white round collar. Team it up with matching pair of ankle boots (make sure to wear plain boots, free of attention-seeking metal, and they’re good for the boardroom too!) and simply pull you hair into a bun. A red (or fawn, if you like to be subtle) leather tote bag will just add up to the sparkle and you are ready to gracefully sail through the day, and an evening date after! This novel look is sure to enunciate your curves, giving you a slender silhouette at the same time.
Look #3: The Informal Print
Over time, formals have gone through uncountabillion number of changes. And to keep up with the times, you have so many alternative options to choose from, over those boring monotonous suits. Prints make a bold statement. Today, they are a firmly established menswear favorite.
WM take: Pull over a subtle, floral-printed white shirt with matching printed tie, and couple it up with pastel-hued, fine-checks ankle-length trousers. Don a pair of brown oxford shoes and add a brown leather belt. Be it an informal meeting or a family dinner, you are sure to rock this informal look with confidence. The exclusive snug fit that these outfits illustrate, do promise you a lean silhouette.
Look #4: The Bold Bolero
Outerwear options always seem fascinating and flattering when used with denims. So, if you are wondering what to wear for a family reunion, an informal photo shoot, or a runway look, the bolero-denim couple ought to work for you.
WM take: Grab a plain white T-shirt and tuck it in, into a pair of distorted boyfriend jeans. Complete the look with a sassy white bolero jacket and let it flow free to your sides. Adorn yourself with a pair of golden pointed-toe slingback and black aviators. Have a frail body and want to show it off well with a semi-informal look? Bolero belongs to you!
Now that you know how to mesh together formal and informal…go, work it, play!