Q&A: Dress Code–Summer Chic?

June 27th, 2007

Q:  My husband and I have been invited to a work party at a fancy restaurant.  My husband is an attorney, and most of the guests in attendance will be attorneys and judges.  The invitation states that the attire will be "Summer Chic."  Please describe "Summer Chic" and how it would apply to men and women.

Banana Republic Heritage Linen SuitA: 
Summer Chic implies a degree of casualness, but given that the event is a work party at a fancy restaurant, keep the outfit professional.

For Women: Sleeved dresses or two-piece outfits–nothing too revealing.  Have a sleeveless dress?  Pair it with a cropped cardigan sweater.  Light colors and lightweight fabrics will turn this outfit from plain chic to Summer Chic. 

For Men: Two-piece suits, coordinated or uncoordinated, in lightweight fabrics.  For summer, I like light colored suits–shades of khaki or cream are seasonally appropriate.  Wear a dress shirt and tie, though feel free to mix things up with bright colors or bold patterns.

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Heritage Linen Suit | $473 at Banana Republic.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Joanaly Aviles  |  June 22nd, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    My husband and I are attending to a Fashion Show in a hotel pool and the dress code is Summer Chic. What should we wear?

  • 2. Ray  |  July 9th, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Im invited with my family (mom and dad in their 50’s ..my sister and are in late 20’s early 30’s) to a big family wedding in Marbella, the night before the wedding, the family of the bride are hosting a dinner party..the dress code is summer chic …
    there is also a brunch one day after the wedding…
    what do you suggest we wear…??

  • 3. lulu  |  August 12th, 2011 at 9:44 am

    im invited to a bday party and the dress code say summer chic is in the crest hallow country club in ny and i dont know if i should wear jeans and heels

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