The Dressing Guide to Parties in LA: Keeping Up with Krischic

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Entertainment news like all news never sleeps, so neither do I.

It is true what they say: there is always something happening in LA. Every. Single. Night. Especially when your profession is entertainment, these events and parties become a part of your weekly schedule. I’m an adventurous spirit, so I find playing Tetris with my schedule to attend such functions a combination of exciting and exhausting. Fashion parties and film premieres are definitely fun, but they are also opportunities to make an impression and network with professionals in your industry. And since the first thing someone knows about you is what they see, how you dress can be a conversation starter and a tool for staying memorable.

I’m a fashion aficionado first and foremost, so you better believe that planning what I wear to events is a top priority in addition to researching the brands and celebrities in attendance. Ahead is my ‘Krischic’ guide to choosing outfits for LA entertainment/fashion parties.

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Do not discount the dress code:

 Reading the dress code on the invitation is a must. I am all for standing out, but not sticking out for wearing something too dressy or casual (although my motto is better overdressed than underdressed). Business casual is something you would feel comfortable wearing to work, which means a bit on the modest and more formal side without being cocktail. Cocktail can be a skirt and nice top option. Black tie signals a dressing gown or short evening dress. Safari casual and casual are themes where jeans are acceptable. If you’re not exactly sure what the dress code entails, don’t hesitate to reach out to the host or your press contact. They are there to answer your questions and appreciate your thoughtfulness!

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Try to emulate the brand or match the event genre:

When you wear the fashion brand that is hosting the party or emulate their aesthetic, it is a sign of respect. It shows that you did your research on the event, the hosts and are thoughtful in paying homage to them. These photos were taken at a Swarovski cocktail party at a private residence in Beverly Hills. Granted, I am not dripping in Swarovski crystals here, but I wanted to embody certain attributes of a Swarovski crystal in my own way:

This vintage-off-the-shoulder top has a metallic sheen that mimics the shine of a crystal, and the belt is studded with rhinestones that do the same thing. I added some edge to the look with a slitted black mini skirt and my polka dot open-toed heels that always get compliments at these kinds of functions. Bonus points to them, since they are extremely comfortable! The look was completed when I attended the party and had the chance to wear a crown from the Swarovski archives. I’m pretty sure it was fate, since the monarchical accessory matched my top perfectly!

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Wear something that flatters you:

Just as much as you want to flatter the hosts of the event by dressing according to theme, you need to stick to sillhouettes that showcase yourself in all the right ways. In my case, I know that an off-the-shoulder cut looks good on my body type because of my broad neckline. Plus, you know my mantra, “forward thinker with a vintage soul” means that there is always some sort of allusion to past time periods or decades incorporated in the look. This top is straight from the ‘80s and creates nostalgia for the ultra-glam golden age of supermodels like Cindy Crawford, where bigger and more over-the-top was considered better!

If you want more party recaps and outfit diary coverage, leave a comment down below! Also feel free to share with me your ultimate party look!

Keeping it Krischic,

Kristin Vartan

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