For many women, a night out on the town consists of dressing up in their tightest dresses and highest heels and heading out to the club where they spend the majority of night sitting or standing in once place so as not to cause their feet any additional pain. This post is a PSA to urge you to not be THAT GIRL at a soca party. Please.
A soca party, or fete as we will call them from here on, is all about fun, fun, fun! At a fete you can expect to be partying, jumping around to power soca tunes and wining up your body to groovy soca. So your outfits should be cute, but practical to allow for maximum bacchanal. Comfortable shoes are a must. The majority of women at a soca fete can be found in flat shoes, but if you can get on bad in heels, by all means do you. The goal is not to be sidelined by a bad wardrobe choice.
To add another level of complexity, we should go over the different types of fetes you might attend. The most common types of fetes are: Carnival Chic fetes, Beach/Pool or Boat fetes, and Fancy fetes. Standard feting attire rules still apply to each of these categories but the execution may differ depending on what type of fete you attend. Below is a list of fetes you might find yourself in and examples of the types of outfits you might choose.
Carnival Chic fetes probably account for the vast majority of soca fetes and allow for the most flexibility in attire. Shorts, jeans, and leggings with a cute top, and rompers are worn most often to these fetes since they allow for the most movement without having to worry about flashing anyone while you are shelling dung. Examples of Carnival Chic outfits include:
Beach Fete or Boat Ride
Beach or pool fetes and boat rides are more often seen in the islands and call for, you guessed it, swimwear! You may or may not get wet at these fetes but it’s always good to come prepared. A cute swim suit with some kind of full or partial cover up is perfect for these parties. Examples of good options include:
Fancy fetes are exactly what they sound like – fetes that are a little dressier than normal. This is where you are likely to see more heels and dresses and maybe a little less bacchanal. But, just because you are at a fancy fete does not mean you need to act stush and hold up the wall. Remember, you still came to have a time! Some examples of what one might wear to these fetes include:
A soca fete is not the place to overdo it with your outfits. Take note of the type of fete you’re attending and dress accordingly, minding any theme if there is one (all white, neon, etc.). Of course you want to look cute, but don’t let a bad fashion choice ruin your good time.