Last year, over 1,500 people turned out for the inaugural Dîner en Blanc in Washington, DC. The event, which celebrated its 25th year, got its start in Paris and is now hosted in over 50 cities worldwide. The elusive invitation became one of the most sought out tickets for the season and attendees were happy to comply with the battery of rules and regulations to be one of the celebrants at this invitation-only event.
In order to attend this “pop-up” picnic, attendees were required to wear all white, carry their own tables and chairs as well as bring their own elegant picnic dinner complete with table settings to a secret location revealed just moments before the event. The spectacle was truly amazing and those who attended the event got to experience a night they would never forget.
While tradition holds, that one must not wear white past Labor Day, Dîner en Blanc allows for an exception. With this year’s event on the horizon, now is the time to secure your chic and stylish attire so you will be prepared should you be fortunate enough to secure a ticket to this amazing event.
With Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, stores are now teaming with white apparel and accessories appropriate. On a recent shopping excursion throughout DC, Bloomingdales, Macy’s and Sak’s all have all-white displays of the latest looks now available. The trick is to purchase now because as the event gets closer, stores will have already made changed over to fall and white will be difficult to find
When choosing your outfit, consider the following details. First and foremost, chose white. The dress code is white, not off-white, ecru, cream or beige and gray is definitely not acceptable. Last year, some attendees missed out on this requirement and were allowed access. This year, sources tell me that the wearing of white will more strictly enforced.
Second, consider style and flair when choosing your look. Remember chic and elegant is the key. Shorts and a tee shirt will not cut it. Last year, some women donned wedding dresses while those men who had them sported their military dress-whites. Formal looks will always be well regarded. White suits for men and flowing party dresses for women will help amp up your game.
Third, opt for white accessories. While it may be okay to sport a little bit of color to add flair, the primary color theme should always be white. For men, this means hats, shoes and if possible belts should be white. For women, hats and other headpieces, jewelry and even shoes should stick to the code. Pearls are an easy go to accessory and a popular choice for jewelry.
Lastly, the idea of Dîner en Blanc is to have fun. Although the rules may be extensive, this is really a party and the goal should be to have a fantastic time. At the end of the day, while the picture of thousands of your closets friends all dressed in white makes a picturesque site, having the night of your life makes it all worth it.