Love Dressing Up? Go Around the World With These Iconic Events!
Wanderlust With Us - Issue XXV
October 29, 2020 - The Best List, Edition 4
The Best List: Top Ten Worldwide Events to Dress Up For!
There’s no better way to get to know a destination than to mix with the locals with one of their coveted, indigenous events. And dress for the occasion to join the fun. Debauchery abounds between an afternoon of polo matches in the Hamptons or polishing off an evening at Le Ti in St. Barth’s. The right invitation is key and we know just the right parties and events where we can make you a VIP.
Carnival - Venice, Italy
January 30 - February 16, 2021
An invitation to a Carnival Ball is not to be missed. But to attend you must arrive in masquerade, perhaps costumed as a doge for the men and your best Marie Antionette for the ladies. . Masquerade Ball attendees typically sport traditional Venetian masquerade masks, capes, or gowns. Not to worry, your ball attire is easily found in one of the local shops that specializes in masquerade ball attire.
Carnival - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
February 12 - 17, 2021
The event that signifies the start of Lent and has become known as "The Greatest Show on Earth". With two million people per day, Carnival Rio attendees enjoy the samba, the music, the parties, and of course the costumes Color, Color, COLOR - this is most important when choosing your outfit, The more colorful and elaborate, the better. People also tend to opt for actual costumes like police officers, sailors, and pirates. Sequins, feathers, and flowers all are popular additions as well. Just remember that Rio summer's can be HOT.
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo - Houston, Texas
March 2 - 21, 2021
For three weeks in March, Houston society is dressed for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. You may even feel out of place without a Stetson and cowboy boots. And, we know just the places to get you custom fit for your cowboy boots and the right parties to get an invite for. We won't let you stroll in looking like an Urban Cowboy.
Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France
May 11 - 22, 2021
Red carpet attire is essential while attending the star-studded exclusive premieres. The saying dress to impress applies here with black tie attire. Women are seen in long formal evening gowns with sensible heels (you may end up walking more than you think, packing flats could be a wise decision). For men, you cannot go wrong with a tuxedo, dress shirt, and of course a bow-tie. Think Oscars, plus plus gowns with long trains and your chance to make a statement on the famous red carpet.
Royal Ascot - Ascot, England
June 15 - 19, 2021
Although a strict dress code, Royal Ascot guests are invited to embrace their style at this horse race turned major fashion event. Regardless of which Enclosure you are invited in, women are expected to wear an elegant yet appealing dress of modest length with straps greater than one inch. Strapless, off the shoulder, halter, or spaghetti straps are not permitted. Extravagant hats with fine detail tend to make an appearance as well. For Gentleman, it does vary based on your Enclosure but the typical attire consists of suits, waistcoats, ties, and hats. When picking your outfit, just remember, the Queen WILL be in attendance after all.
Polo - Bridgehampton, New York
TBD June/July, 2021
It's all about style in the Hamptons during the summer the annual Polo Hamptons match. Although guests usually attend for the champagne and Instagram worthy pictures rather than to see who wins, it is still one of the most sought after events each year in the Hamptons for those who can get a ticket. Lots of white, plenty of hats, but get your couture ready.
Every Wednesday from May to October
As if Ibiza isn't colorful enough, enter Flower Power is one of Ibiza's longest running parties at Pacha club. Every week people gather in 60s/70s hippy costumes to celebrate the lively yet peaceful spirit of Ibiza with with exciting DJs, colorful décor, and interactive performances. It's the see and be seen place to rock the night in your hippest costume.
Oktoberfest - Munich, Germany
September 18 - October 3, 2021
Don't have a Dirndl or Lederhosen in your closet? Not to worry. We know just the place to get you dressed in style with a custom made authentic costume. And don't want to mingle with the masses? Our friends at the Mandarin Oriental Munich have the perfect set up to make sure you enjoy the full experience in style.
Dia de Los Muertos - Mexico
November 1 - 2, 2021
Colors, skulls, and flowers are the staple for this holiday that celebrates our loved ones who have passed. This is not Halloween and the goal is to be respectful, NOT scary. Our recommendations for attire include bright colored dresses, suits, flower crowns, and skeleton or sugar skull print attire. As a sign of respect, we also encourage you to attend Latinx-owned festivals and businesses and opt out of the full face of sugar skull makeup.
Le Ti - St. Barth's, Caribbean
No need to pack extra for your exclusive reservation at Le Ti. Start with dinner and a cabaret show followed by dancing and revelry where you become part of the show. For those looking to join in on the fun, the boudoir-themed club and cabaret offers a costume room in the back full of extravagant and costumes, dresses, headwear, and accessories. Dancing on tables encouraged.