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How to dress for a wine and cheese party

Everybody loves a good wine and cheese party. Wine and cheese are a winning combination and it's a fun way to spend an evening with friends. When it comes to dressing for a wine and cheese party, avoid committing any fashion faux pas and check the dress code on the invitation or ask the host prior to the event. Wine and cheese parties can be formal or informal depending on the occasion.

Dress code for women

Wear a dress for a formal wine and cheese party. A cocktail dress with a pair of heels is a fail-safe option for a dressy affair. If the party is in the evening, you can't go wrong with a classic little black dress. For formal daytime events, wear something more colourful.

Dress appropriately according to the season. During autumn/winter stick to dark-coloured dresses and add a smart cardigan or tailored blazer. During spring/summer, wear a lighter-coloured dress. A floral-printed maxi dress is the perfect attire for a wine and cheese party in the garden on a hot summer's day.

Put on something more informal if the dress code is smart casual. Pair a smarter blouse or top with a more casual pair of trousers or jeans and a pair of flat shoes.

Dress code for men

Wear a full suit and tie to a formal wine and cheese party. Darker colours work best but you can add some colour to your outfit with a fun printed tie. If the dress code is black-tie, buy or rent a tuxedo.

Consider the season and weather. Wear a lighter-coloured suit for parties during the summer. If the party is during the day and the weather is hot, leave your tie and blazer at home and put on a smart shirt and linen trousers.

Choose a polo shirt and chinos for a more informal wine and cheese party. Wear it with a casual sports blazer if the weather is cold.

Tip

If in doubt, check the dress code with the host. Avoid wearing trainers or flip flops unless it's a very casual, laid-back affair.

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About the Author

U.K.-born Sophie Lloyd has been writing lifestyle-related articles since 2005. Her work has appeared in Global Blue's "SHOP" magazine (Buenos Aires edition), "Time Out," "South China Morning Post" and online at CNNGo. Lloyd holds a Joint Honors Degree in English literature and French from the University of Edinburgh.