One of the biggest questions of any inauguration is what to wear to the inaugural parties and balls, regardless of whether they are official, unofficial, or private. For women, the dilemma is long or short? For men, it is black tie or business suit, or even traditional attire?
As with almost anything that has to do with dressing, it depends on several factors. Just because an event says “black tie” does not mean you’ll get tossed out the door if you show up in a cocktail dress or a traditional Agbada look. What it means is the event is a special occasion and you are expected to dress well. Beyond that, there’s a range of options.
First and foremost, dress so you are comfortable—which so often begins and ends with the feet. Having a car and driver makes it easier to get more intricately done up. Now the big questions: How does one interpret an Inauguration Ball dress code. Enter: the most-talked about movie premiere of December, the highly anticipated Your Excellency which is holding this weekend at the new luxurious EbonyLife Place resort. If you’re lucky enough to the snag an invite, you’ll want to dress the part, whether you’re buying or lending a gown or tux.
For dresses, no matter the colour, floor-length is the ideal way to go. Also popular this season are strapless, sleeveless or long-sleeve gowns. And due to the festive season, sparkles will likely be ‘in play’ for the grand premiere. You might also be looking at a more conservative Nigerian first-lady look, like Patience Jonathan’s gele and sequins trademark traditional-inspired style?
Whatever you decide, here’s our simple guide to ensure you stand out in the most awesome way:
- Formal or informal? The choice is yours but it’s best to reflect your personal style. If in doubt, go for a cocktail dress, rather than formal ball gown.
- Long or short? The length of your dress depends on what you will feel most comfortable in, for a variety of scenarios – getting photographed on the red carpet, watching a two-hour movie, and grooving at the after-party.
- The same applies to your shoes – make sure your feet will cope with a long evening of socialising and exploring the fabulous new luxury cinema, EbonyLife Place.
- Men: Whether you go for a tuxedo, business suit, Agbada & Fila, tunic (senator) or blazer, you’re all good. However, don’t compromise on shoes – wear your best. Unless you’re going solo, make sure you compliment your partner’s outfit.
- General advice: If you’re going to a formal ball, don’t stray too far from the classic black jacket/black tie look. Don’t be the guy in the wacky “colourful” cummerbund-and-tie combo. If you want to let your sense of style and humour show, do it with a cool set of cufflinks, tuxedo studs or a bright and attractive pocket square. Cufflinks and studs are everywhere. Pocket squares can easily add a pop of colour to a tuxedo or, at a less formal event, a dark suit.
One of the biggest notes to take while of dressing for this premiere is that it is better to be slightly underdressed than overdressed. Overdressed is just plain awkward. Underdressed can be chic. Again, when in doubt, go with comfort and your personal taste. Dress within your budget. Put on a smile and have fun.
The lucky guests at the premiere, on Sunday 8th December, will be the first to see the movie, sample delicious cuisine and enjoy premium drinks from Johnnie Walker, Guinness Gold, Baileys Delight, Bollinger and Coca-Cola. Also, they can look forward to a goodie bag filled with exquisite gifts, courtesy of Dubai Tourism.
Your Excellency is in cinemas from 13 December 2019 across Nigeria.
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