Q. I could really use your help, my dear hubby is dragging me to a work event where he will be receiving an honor. Attire is "party elegant or business casual" and there will be cocktails followed by a sit-down dinner and "recognition presentations.” Can you translate? I feel like a sundress won't quite cut it, but can I get away with a nice heavier knit skirt and a dressy sweater? And more importantly, what should my hubby wear? Help! My work is very casual and I don't know what to do at a fancy corporate event like this!
A. Well, you’re certainly excited about the night out. The term “party elegant” and “business casual” do mean different clothing suggestions. Since your hubby is being recognized, his best look would be to wear a suit or a sport jacket and pants. And since you’ll be on his arm all evening you need to compliment the look of your man receiving recognition even if you expect to be bored. A sundress sounds too cutesy, but a dress without spaghetti straps or a skirt and dressy top will certainly fit the evening dress code(s). And wear heels or strappy sandals with a heel.