10 ideas on what to wear to a Eurovision party

10 05 2009

Next Saturday is May 16, 2009. And that means the final of Eurovision: Moscow style. Since most of us won’t make it to Moscow, here’s a few ideas to kick off your Eurovision party in, er, ‘style’.

1. Fly the flag
Wrap a full-size country flag around you and wear as a sarong, cape or toga. The host should try to procure the host nation’s flag.

2. Be an ambassador
Pick a country and make its national dress your fancy dress. Obviously good improvisation is key here, probably generating a whole world of wrongness. I hosted a Latvia 2003 Eurovision party, wearing an embroidered white dress, plaits and clogs – absolutely nothing like actual Latvian folk dress, I’m afraid.

3. Be a Ferrero Rocher
If you’re throwing an ambassador’s party for Eurovision then the Ferrero Rocher pyramids should be circulating. Dressing as one needn’t be a challenge – just aim for sparkly gold lame and carry a brown cup.

4. When in Rome… dress like a Muscovite
ushankaThis year lovely Moscow is rich with fancy dress pop culture style options. First stop, find a Ushanka, that’s one of those big Russian Trooper style fur hats. Add some long black boots, jodhpurs and a Soviet-style military jacket. Alternatively, go for sexy and glamorous cold war spy, Russian ice dance couple or troupe of gay Cossacks. PS You can buy Ushanka hats here.

5 Red Eurovision
When else will you get to throw a party with everyone dressed in red – just think of the colour- coordinated photos.

6. Camp Eurovision
It’s kitsch, it’s OTT, it’s your chance to throw fashion out the closet and indulge your inner gay. If already gay,  just be fabulous, I  guess…

7. Be a star
Pick a past winner and follow their costume style: Sandy Shaw (1967), Lulu (1969), Abba (1974), Buck’s Fizz (1981), Dana International (1998) and, of course, Lordi (2006).

8. Be a song
Puppet on a string anyone? Diva? Rock’N’Roll Kids? Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley (abstract challenge, that one)…

9. Be a set of Russian dolls
It’s the perfect family option. Dress in anything – as long as it’s the same and you’re all different sizes.

10. Be a Eurotrash teen
Tatu anyone? Ok, sorry. If you don’t want to do the faux lesbian teen thing, check out Russian street style – here’s a few more pics, too.

11. Bonus UK option
It used to be that you could go as Terry Wogan but he’s finally had enough and handed over to Graham Norton. So, well, over to you. Is that a silver suit and pink shirt lurking in your wardrobe?


What to wear at SXSW interactive

1 03 2009
By: SMITHmag/Flickr

By: SMITHmag/Flickr

As my favourite comic book writer once said, ‘Never apologise, never explain’. So, after a blogging sabbatical, I’m back and getting micro-local on dress codes. In just over a week I’ll be heading to South by South West interactive in Austin, Texas. SXSWi is a conference-party mashup and once more I have no idea what to pack. So I asked around on Twitter and got this reply from@peteashton, a 2008 attendee: 

Sxswi attire is pretty much tshirts and jeans. But which tshirt opens a whole can of worms!

So there’s t-shirt pressure then. Of course, Pete’s not a girl (!) so we shall see if the same dress code goes for the girl geeks, too. Til then here are some past SXSWi tees in action. And thanks also to@BostinBloke, who has kindly offered to sort me out a Bostin Austin t-shirt for the big event.

What to wear in Beyoglu, Istanbul

7 12 2008

Tip sent in by Jane Hayward:

Women in the trendy Beyoglu area found clever ways to look sexy but modest – skinny jeans with long boots or opaque patterned tights with skirts & boots. Best look was slightly bohemian – lots of leather & loose hair.

Looking for a pic but no joy so far.

If you can help, send it to whattowearwhere@gmail.com

Tip of the day: Cuba

12 11 2008

…sent in by recent visitee to Havana and surounds, Felicity Cumming.

‘For girls, the tighter, the brighter, the better. But watch out for men with belt buckles – the bigger the buckle, the more danger you’re in!’

And here’s the pix to prove it…

The tighter…



The brighter…badslogan1partycuba1

The belt buckle…


10 packing tips to look good in Europe

27 10 2008

Fashion and travel combine in Europe so if you want to blend in without crumpling all your designer togs or risk having them nicked from hostel laundries, then this list will help you pack for those sleek Euro capitals.

Porcelaingirl° {enthusiastic foolish} / Flickr

He's got the shoes, the bag and the dog! By: Porcelaingirl° {enthusiastic foolish} / Flickr

1. Pack a chic accessory – a bright scarf, matching gloves, a hat, a killer bag, hot shoes, a trophy dog, etc (this is good advice for men too – see pic left).

2. Take a summer wrap for covering your shoulders when entering churches. You may also need to wear longer trousers or skirts. For stricter Vatican dress codes, Travelista has the lowdown.

3. Bring something classically tailored, like a fitted jacket, or pencil or A-line skirt, and mix in with a trendy top or bottom.

4. Invest in some Capri pants or cut-offs for riding round town on your rent-a-Vespa.

5. Take smarter cuts of jean, ie, leave the ancient baggies at home.

6. Pack a pretty travel dress for those Audrey Hepburn moments.

7. Wear lipstick, gloss and big sunglasses.

Cutoffs & kitten heels by Paul Keleher/Flickr

Cutoffs & kitten heels by Paul Keleher/Flickr

8. Bring a comfortable pair of ballerina flatties and/or low-heel boots for all the walking tours and Before Sunrise moments.

9. Dust off your old leather biker jacket – they’re creeping back into fashion all over Europe including the UK.

10. Tie, pin up or sleek back long hair. Save the loose locks for the beach.

For the latest street styles and fashion trends in Europe, check out Travelista.com or, for packing help, click on the ‘Europe’ or individual country tabs on this site. For Euro fashion faux pas (or are they!), read this!

Holiday packing for female fashionistas

22 10 2008

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from looking at dress codes around the world is that, as diverse as they can get, there is often enormous overlap. Jeans and t-shirts anyone?

So I’m liking this 10 items women should pack to stay fashionable on the road piece from Lily Girma. It’s a capsule/suitcase wardrobe for women with holiday gear that goes from daytime to dining to dancing. In reality, it’s probably more suitable for spring-summer vacations in the warmer parts of Europe, the US, Canada and the city breaks of Australia.

And the images are aimed at the younger end of the market.

But as a packing list, you can easily suit it to your own wardrobe.

Probably more for the two-week holidaymaker than a months-on-end backpacker. But if you’ve ever dithered over the balance of casual to going-out stuff, then this’ll help.

Blog Action Day: buy Fairtrade fashion

15 10 2008
Boom & Bust - Howies' credit crunch T-shirt of the week

Boom & Bust - Howies

It’s Blog Action Day on poverty. There’s a list of 88 suggestions to help fight poverty on the site but having seen the effect of the excess of throwaway Western clothes flooding markets in countries such as Malawi and killing off local tailors’ trades, I’m not sure that giving unwanted clothing away is the answer.

Felt berry brooch from PeopleTree

Felt berry brooch from PeopleTree

So fight poor wages with your own purse. Buy locally and support local business and goods. And if you’re stuck in your homeland, buy ethically – here’s what to look for in terms of labelling.

And here’s some links for buying Fair Trade fashion in the UK:

  • People Tree – “At People Tree, we create gorgeous garments and accessories by forming sustainable partnerships with Fair Trade and organic producers in developing countries.”
  • Adili – Fairtrade clothing and ethical fashion.
  • Hug – Fairtrade and organic fashion.
  • Spirit of Nature – from clothes to baby products. Look for the Fairtrade sections such as here.
  • Howies – great tees and re-investment in grass-root social and environmental projects.
  • Quail – homemade (in Devon) ethical, Faritrade and organic fashion for the ladies.

In fact, check out this aggregated list from A Lot of Organics. Will add more suggestions and recommendations as time goes by.

This post is part of Blog Action Day 08 – Poverty