"Feeling unique is a habit you shouldn't give up."

- Alberto Fermani

"Anyone can get all dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their off days that is the most intriguing."

-Alexander Wang


Black Tie and Blue Jeans or Anything in Between!

As a lot of my local blog followers know, tonight is Give Back Alexandria's Bubbles and Bluegrass event. The dress for the event is Black Tie and Blue Jeans or Anything in Between. We've been getting lots of questions about what that means so I thought this was the perfect place to address it.

Unless you're going to an inaugural ball, the term "black tie" has loosened up a lot in the past decade. For Bubbles, black tie does not imply long gowns and tuxedos. Hence the addition of "blue jeans." But each year, we have a few men who do tuxedo on top, blue jeans on bottom. (Kind of like a mullet- business in the front, party in the back.) But, really, that is exactly what is called for. The party is fun, laid back, and for a good cause. No stuffiness here. Most men wear suits or business casual outfits ("anything in between"), but the tuxedo and blue jean clad guys always do us proud.

On to the women. That's who is probably asking the most about the dress, anyway! Fancy gowns, no. But a maxi dress? Why not? Maxi dresses are in so if you have a fun one and want to dress it up with jewelry, this is the perfect occassion. Cocktail dresses work great, too, but nothing too fancy. Finally, what about blue jeans? I'm a big believer in making denim work for almost every occassion. And this is no exception. But what is most appropriate if you're going this route is dark denim, high heels, and an evening top. Anything in sequins, satin or silk, beaded, et cetera certainly makes it evening. And, again, don't forget the accessories. This is usually what takes your look from day to night.

We still have tickets left- $50 at the door. Lord Fairfax House, 607 Cameron St., Alexandria, 7-10 pm. Amazing food, champagne, and live music from Over Under Down Yonder. It is my favorite event of the year so don't miss it!
(BTW- Hysteria and The Shoe Hive have GREAT options for this event right now. So, if you don't have anything to wear, stop in and pick something up!)


  1. Thanks Kathy! I've been getting this question a lot today! I will of course be wearing a Hysteria dress and Shoe Hive shoes!

  2. My superstar wife is a media darling! Nice job on NPR and Channel 4 (or, for the fashion-minded, "Chanel No. 4")! No, when do we get a blog reviewing the fashion scene at Bubbles and Bluegrass?