Friday, 04 August 2017

Debrett's Style Tips: Last Night of The Proms

Debrett's style experts talk us through the do's and dont's of dressing for the last night of the BBC Proms on 9 September

Written by Debrett's
What is your partnership with Bicester Village and why does it work so well?
Debrett's and Bicester are both champions of British style; Debrett's as the authority on etiquette, British tradition and formal events, and Bicester through the exceptional partner brands it supports and showcases. For this reason we have collaborated to create the Guide To British Style, exploring all things sartorial with a focus on the comprehensive rules of dressing throughout the Season.

What is the 'Guide To British Style'?
It is a beautiful pocket guide to style and the Season, deciphering dress codes and exploring the surprising origins of some Britain's most cherished and iconic items of clothing. It reveals everything that remains central to the British notion of style, from its heritage to both its craft and creativity – qualities that Debrett's has championed throughout its nearly 250-year history.

Why would you advise Lady readers to visit Bicester Village when looking for an outfit for these summer events?
Bicester Village plays host to more than 130 boutiques, which makes dressing for a special summer occasion both convenient and affordable. Less than an hour from London, a visit to Bicester means you can find your dress, shoes, hat and accessories all in one place – and with up to 60% off.

What kind of statement should a visitor to Last Night of The Proms seek to make? Is this a time for being sophisticated, glamorous or quirky?
Contrary to many people's expectations, no dress code is enforced at the Last Night of the Proms. It's a fun and informal evening, and can get very warm, so cool and comfortable clothing is advisable.

How best to combine fashion forwardness with fashion etiquette when selecting an outfit for Last Night of The Proms?
Many prommers choose to wear fancy dress, but remember that it may become warm in the Royal Albert Hall and dress accordingly. Similarly, don't choose an outfit or headwear that will obscure the view of your fellow prommers.

What should ladies wear when attending Last Night of The Proms?
There is no specific dress code or theme, but fancy dress and silly hats are popular on the Last Night.

What should gentlemen wear when attending Last Night of The Proms?
There is no specific dress code or theme, but fancy dress and silly hats are popular on the Last Night.

What jewellery is appropriate for the occasion?
Formal dressing is not required at the Last Night of the Proms so jewellery can be similarly informal and fun.

Is it appropriate to wear Union Jack themed fancy dress in the arena area?
Yes, absolutely – the Last Night of the Proms is full of patriotism and pomp, so Union Jacks are often waved and incorporated into fancy dress.

For more advice and tips on dressing for the Season, Debrett's and Bicester Village have published a Guide to British Style.


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