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December 15, 2012

Navigating the new frontier of party dress codes

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What about brocade or jacquard skinny pants with a great blouse? You’ll probably feel comfortable in it and treat walking into a party like you were stopping into the corner place for coffee, Sherin says.

But Van Damme puts her foot down on denim. “I don’t think jeans are right for a cocktail party or most parties — maybe with a fabulous, fabulous top, but why not put black pants on instead?”

No one is going to the trouble of hosting a party for guests to look like they rolled out of bed, she says.

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