Style Rules: Don't Upstage Your Date
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As Spring approaches, we’re starting to think about all the events that will soon be upon us: graduation, spring weddings, engagement parties and baby showers. You’re not the guest of honor, but you still want to look your best. Here are our suggestions for how to show off your style without upstaging your date.
Awards Ceremony2 of 10
When accompanying a date to an occasion where he is receiving an award or honor, it’s best to look put-together in the simplest possible way. Try an LBD for maximum style that won’t outshine the guest of honor.
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Best Friend's Birthday3 of 10
Going out for a night on the town to celebrate your best bud? Let her shine, but choose a fun accessory like a sequin clutch bag. That way you’ll feel dressed up, but you won’t be stealing any of her spotlight.
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Job Interview4 of 10
When interviewing, remember that you want to look polished. Conservative and clean will earn you points in this situation, but you can show off your personality in a suit paired with a subtly printed or colored shirt.
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Shower Host5 of 10
Whether it's a baby, bridal or any other type of shower, remember, you are not the most important person in the room. If you want to make a style point, wear a piece of statement jewelry and let the other guests ooh and ahh over the person you're celebrating.
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Work Event6 of 10
If your boss wants you to join her at a work function, just remember, you are a reflection of your company. Unless otherwise specified (like black-tie or cocktail), work attire is your best bet here — we’re talking pencil skirts, sweaters and suits.
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Wedding Guest7 of 10
What to wear in this situation is always dictated by the invitation and occasion. If you are attending a wedding in the Bahamas, it’s safe to say that everyone will be in sundresses and sandals. But if it’s cocktails and dancing in New York, you’ll most likely be seeing a lot of black dresses and stilettos. When in doubt, ask the person who invited you.
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Wing Man8 of 10
If you’re out trying to find a date for a friend, you don’t want to call attention away from her so find an outfit that you feel attractive in but that's not over-the-top. We’re thinking jeans are probably part of the mix here.
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Kids Corner9 of 10
If you’re a dance chaperone for your kids this year, please don’t try to recreate the perfect prom look from your past. Instead go for a simple sheath dress or slacks and a blouse. You want to both feel comfortable, right?
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Mother of the Bride10 of 10
This might be the most tricky situation on the list but we tend to side with the bride on this one. Unless your daughter is asking you to radically change your look, trust her instincts and go with what she wants.
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