What to wear to: Jete Society Dance Party

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Ashley Taylor, in yellow, with Washington Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre (right) and Jete cohost Winston Lord (far left)

The tenth anniversary event of The Washington Ballet is known for its pretty-young-thing guests, inventive themes and, best of all, a high-energy dance performance. This year’s event is carnival-themed – promotions touted fire-breathers at a top-secret location on the Georgetown Waterfront – and for the party Saturday, emails are surely flying back and forth about what to wear.

According to cohost Ashley Taylor (and well, probably to anyone who’s ever been to the party), the answer is typically short, tight, and sparkly. Taylor, who was winningly forthcoming about her own ensemble when asked, is wearing a “short, beaded, champagne-colored” number with a slightly vintage feel. She pointed out this dress and this dress as examples of what she thinks she’ll see this year. In 2008, my favorite dress fit the short, sparkly and fun category. Short and sparkly is fun, but with a carnival theme, anything goes! Feathers, sparkly or brightly colored nail polish, hats and a bring shade of lipstick and eyeshadow are all easy and inexpensive ways to get in on the carnival theme.

Also, if you haven’t yet gotten tickets, they are on sale online til noon today.

For inspiration, the most amazing carnival outfit ever:



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