Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle
The trouble with most trendy invitations for cocktails is that you’re never sure what to wear. Take martini chic. It’s the look of the moment that recalls classic images of the early 1960s Rat Pack sipping on martinis and listening to jazz.
Today, the look is cool and urban, like I, Robot star Will Smith and his Matrix Reloaded wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Though you don’t have to be urban or cool, your clothes ought to be.
“Martinis are sophisticated, so the look should be,” says Helen Perry, an image consultant. “It’s trendy but tasteful. During the day, you dress for work. For martini chic, you dress to be seen.”
What’s great is there are many ways to achieve the look — on any budget.
For those who want martini chic without spending a lot, there’s no better time than now to assemble the essentials, such as a colorful flowing top for women or a colorful pinstriped shirt for men. Retailers from TJ Maxx to Neiman Marcus are offering an assortment of great near-end-of-the-season sales.
If money is no object, look to designers such as Dana Buchman, Armani and Versace for trendy, chic pieces.
“I think it’s important to trust your own creativity,” says Kim France, editor of Lucky magazine. “Don’t kill yourself to wear something that’s not going to look good on you. If it doesn’t look good on you, don’t do it.”
Versatility also is important. “Whenever we’re shopping, we need to be thinking about how flexible an item is and how many different wears we can get out of it,” France says.