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Dressing to the Nines

VivixenneVivixenne Remember your training, and we'll get through this just fine.Registered User regular
edited October 2013 in Singularity Engine++
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This is a thread about your A-Game, SE++. No, not your game-playing A-Game. Your fashion A-Game. Let's talk formalwear and dressing to the absolute fanciest you can manage. It is a confusing topic for heaps of folks purely because it seems there's an arbitrary line dividing what's formal for THESE occasions, what's formal for THOSE occasions, and what's just not formal at all. In some cultures it's your national dress that is the most formal you can get!
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Then there's business formal versus evening wear. White tie versus black tie. Something called morning dress. And the language around it is not just inconsistent at times, but is always changing. Black tie is nowadays used to indicate when something is pretty super formal. It used to refer to a step down from the super-ultra formal attire white tie. Way to be racist, formalwear.

And let's not get started on what "business casual" or "semiformal" really mean, because there seems to be as many interpretations of those as there are venues in which you can HAVE a "business casual" or "semiformal" event.

In some respects men's formalwear (at least in the West) is way more convoluted than women's. Lots of more rules, I think, in terms of when and where to wear what and why. There are specific requirements, not just in the style of a jacket (waistcoat, tails, etc) but also in how it fit and where everything sat and how it was put on and tied and fastened. Insane. Watching Downton Abbey, therefore, is fascinating to me. These people change into formalwear JUST TO GO DOWNSTAIRS FOR DINNER. (Yes, most of my interest in this area is informed in no small part by Downton Abbey.)

For Western ladies, it was really all about the ankles. Formalwear consisted of a gown that covered your ankles, and anything that showed them was considered scandalous or casual. Gloves were expected.

Nowadays, of course, the lines have blurred significantly now that there aren't the same expectations. You're lucky if you know what's appropriate to wear to a given party or get-together. "Formal" is anything from a full-blown ball gown to a prom dress to a cocktail number to an Oscars red-carpet ensemble. Certain accessories - blazers, jewelry, bags, shoes, belts, pocket squares, ties - can make the whole outfit less or more formal depending on hwo you wear it!

I always stress about whether or not I'll be over- or under-dressed, and I freak out if I don't feel like I've dressed appropriately for the venue. I also really, really miss wearing national dress, because it felt like some very important cultural undertones going into it, and this was for both Chinese and Filipino traditional dress. And you looked so FANCY! There's a part of me that wishes I could get invited to an Indian wedding just so that I can witness being in the middle of all the beautiful colors and what the components are all meant to signify or represent.
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In this thread, let us discuss our interpretations of modern formalwear. Whether it's a gown, cocktail dress, three-piece suit, pantsuit, tuxedo, show us it. Need to fix up your hair or do your make-up for the occasion but not sure how? Not sure if something is too formal or not formal enough? Need to buy a suit or gown or other get-up for an event but don't know where to start? We have plenty of folks here who are well-versed in that sort of thing, so do post any questions!

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  • VivixenneVivixenne Remember your training, and we'll get through this just fine. Registered User regular
    On the sub-topic of Chinese traditional dress, there's often a lot of confusion about what's what. The truth is that there's no one "one true" Chinese national dress because of all the different ethnicities that are in China. As an example:

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    This is a qipao (or what I call a cheongsam), which became prominent during Manchu control in China. It's widely recognised internationally as a form of Chinese traditional dress because the Manchus were in charge when China became more popular and known among Westerners. In Hong Kong, it's still the predominant form of traditional dress, but it's becoming less popular as people start heading back towards their ethnic roots.

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    This is a hanfu, which is what Han Chinese (my people) traditionally wore. The one pictured is a more formal version of what Mulan wears in the first parts of the movie (in fact, it is a wedding dress hanfu). I wouldn't say hanfu is formal wear in and of itself, as there are casual and formal versions... but at plenty of formal Chinese ceremonies like weddings in traditionally Han China (which is most of it), a variation of the hanfu is what you'll be seeing them wear.

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  • SnowbeatSnowbeat i need something to kick this thing's ass over the lineRegistered User regular
    two fashion threads in one day? somebody up there likes me

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  • VivixenneVivixenne Remember your training, and we'll get through this just fine. Registered User regular
    oh wait is there another one open? I didn't spot it!

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  • I Win SwordfightsI Win Swordfights all the traits of greatness starlight at my feetRegistered User regular
    It's Kate's fault

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  • SnowbeatSnowbeat i need something to kick this thing's ass over the lineRegistered User regular
    it's the jamie one

    i'm sure she'll be along momentarily to merge the two into one horrifying amalgamation

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    I'm going to a banquet tomorrow night. I'll be dressing up as much as my suitcase allows.

    That hanfu is absolutely gorgeous, sheeyit.

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  • VivixenneVivixenne Remember your training, and we'll get through this just fine. Registered User regular
    oh ffs

    I actually put effort and stuff into this one

    sigh

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  • I Win SwordfightsI Win Swordfights all the traits of greatness starlight at my feetRegistered User regular
    I want this thread to stay open so I can post pictures of my girlfriend in her various saris

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    I didn't see the other one and that's what matters.

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  • VivixenneVivixenne Remember your training, and we'll get through this just fine. Registered User regular
    I want this thread to stay open so I can post pictures of my girlfriend in her various saris

    this was a definite part of the reason I went this way with it

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  • VivixenneVivixenne Remember your training, and we'll get through this just fine. Registered User regular
    edited October 2013
    tynic wrote: »
    I'm going to a banquet tomorrow night. I'll be dressing up as much as my suitcase allows.

    That hanfu is absolutely gorgeous, sheeyit.

    I'm seriously considering a hanfu-style wedding dress one day. Not least because a white one would be so cheap, but at the same time that's what you wear to funerals sooooooooooooo

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  • crwthcrwth THAT'S IT Registered User regular
    i wish i had more fancy clothes :(

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