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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Dressing For Feteing Take 2!

Now that I have my Vale Breakfast party tickets in hand it is time to work on the fete wardrobe for the season. Panorama Semis is pretty easy since I am going with a pan lime and will get a T Shirt provided, so all I need are comfortable shoes and a casual bottom to match the top. The other two fetes I plan on going to, in addition to The Vale, are one all inclusive and one boat cruise. The all inclusive fete is easy enough to dress for and the boat cruise is "resort wear" as far as I am concerned.

It has been a while since I have been to a breakfast party, I last attended Insomnia in the year 2002 and Mobs 2 is a location that provided some shade, so I asked some friends of mine what was the dress code for the Vale Breakfast Party and was met with a general response of  DRESS FOR THE HEAT! My friends also went as far as to point out the dos and don'ts and pleaded with me to do a write up on how to dress for fetes, again, as they pointed out that some people just did not know what was appaortriate wear to certain fetes.

So, some pointers for the Vale Breakfast Party (and as a matter for for fact all breakfast fetes):

*Wear something cool and comfortable as you are guaranteed to be feteing under the blazing hot sun when the party gets into full swing at 10AM. Shorts, cotton tops, rompers and tank tops are standard wear for the ladies, for the men t shirts, cargo shorts, linen shorts and short sleeved shirts with sandals or sneakers are the order of the day.

*Nix the all black velvet  and knee high boots (this was an actual outfit worn by a patron last year) as well as the idea that you can wear leather or liquid leggings.I would also save the maxi dresses, jeans and jumpers for another fete, but it all depends on how comfortable you are in the heat.

* Five inch heels are not recommended, the party is held in an open venue in the neighbourhood with uneven terrain and the likely hood of mud if you venture into certain areas. Flat sandals, low wedges or even fashionable sneakers would be better for your feet.Remember the next day is Carnival Monday and you do not need sore feet on the road!

*Dress prepared to get wet, wet by sweat and wet by the water hoses. Remember certain fabrics and colours show sweat stains more than others, so you may want to take this into consideration if you plan on posing for pics; really, do you want an arm pit stain to be the highlight of your facebook pics? Do not wear hair that cannot get wet or any other item of clothing that might be ruined by water, including shoes!  I know some ladies get their hair done for Carnival so you may want to protect the expensive human hair weave from an impromptu soaking. Bikini tops worn under your clothing seems to be a popular style at this fete.Guys if you do not have six packs and plan on stripping down when you are soaking wet you may want to consider a vest worn under your shirt.

*Remember to inspect your clothing in the daylight, dress for the DAY time not the night. What might have seemed as a good idea under the cover if darkness may not look so cute when the sun comes up! All shades of black do not match, remember that.

* Accessorize for sun protection; sunglasses are a must for this fete as well as hats.

Bottom line is this is NOT the fete to dress for posing, this is the fete to dress for palancing until the sun comes up in the water and on the wall.

Bringing back the "Dressing for Feteing Post:

All-inclusive fetes:
Plan on dressing up more than you would to go to any other parties in Trinidad as these fetes are usually a “fashion show” with some people dressed to thrill. With premium drinks and a variety of dishes included in the ticket price, all-inclusive are where you go to mingle with the local celebrities, politicians and the who’s who of Trinidad social circles.

Daytime all-inclusive fetes like Beach House and Salybia require stylish yet simple attire and a cute pair of shades. Bermuda shorts, skirts, tunic tops or even a “summer dress” are all quite acceptable wear. Footwear should be comfortable; wedges, flats or nice sandals are perfect, please leave the sneakers at home!

All-inclusive fetes held at night usually bring out the sexy and the stilettos. Expect to see women in daring sexy tops showing off cleavage or back, short skirts emphasizing the legs in high heels, hipster fitted pants showing off the curves and stomach in addition to being adorned with lots of trendy accessories. Rule of thumb is the more expensive the fete, the more dressed up the women are. Furthermore, you see all the latest trends, so if you are not wearing something new you will not be in style. If you need to shop for one new outfit before heading to Trinidad, plan on something you can wear to an all-inclusive fete like Brian Lara’s or Moka.

Soca Jams:
These are large affairs with thousands of people, several live brass bands usually held in some large open space such as a car park for Customs or sports ground like the Brass Festival. Two things are most important when dressing for these fetes, comfort and comfort. This is the time to wear your shorts, jeans and sneakers, with that many people you want to safe guard your toes as well as be able to jump and wave all night to the soca bands.

The only accessories you need are a flag, rag or bandana to wave on instruction and someplace safe to stash your money. Unlike the exclusive all-inclusive, these fetes tend to attract a cross section of society, with many exuberant young boys who might get into fights or try to pick your pocket.

Theme Fetes:
Any party where you are instructed to wear white, black or a crazy hat is considered a “theme party”. Knowing which one you plan on going to in advance helps with the wardrobe. Eyes Wide shut is where you wear all black and a mask. Now, you don’t have to follow the “rules” and can wear anything you desire but the majority of people do follow the dress code, even in part, so unless you want to stand out prepare your outfit accordingly in advance.

Breakfast Parties:
Starting at mid-night and going until the sun comes up, these parties like Insomnia  test your endurance and fashion sense. What might look good in the night does not look as cute when daylight hits! Here is a tip, walk with sun glasses for when the sun rises; some faces show the stress of the night before more than others, the sun glasses hides the “morning face”. Make sure and “day approve” your outfit, anything worn or faded might look great at night but show all the sins in the light of day.

Another bit of advice for ladies is to take along some blotting sheets, lipstick, eye liner, wet wipes and body spray in your handbag. As the sun rises you can discreetly go to the wash room and “freshen” up. Lots of these breakfast parties also supply you with toothpaste packs, use them!

Zen and 51 degrees have a dress code; if you are going to either one know that men are not allowed in with sneakers and they tend to dress on the metro side, expect to see guys in man blouses and women dressing like Paris Hilton. From my experience people tend to dress very trendy to go to these clubs, lots of “what’s wearing now”. To get an idea of how people dress, just browse the galleries at

Out Door Fetes:
Any party held at Anchorage, Mobs 2, Pier 1, and other open air venues such as Bacchanal Wednesday, Girl Power or Trini Posse are defined as such. These parties are somewhat like the Soca Jam in that they attract a lot of people, might have more than one live band, but they do not attract the same element. Soca Jams tend to attract a more “rough crowd”, for want of a better word, whereas these out door clubs attract a wider cross section; middle to upper middle class, foreigners a sprinkling of local celebrities as well as the popular party crowd. The dress code is usually stylish jeans, pants or shorts coupled with a sexy top and comfortable yet stylish shoes (sandals, wedges, trendy sneakers). You do want to be comfortable to wine and jam, jump up and get on bad, but you don’t want to look like a hot, sweaty mess doing so either.

Boat Cruise:
Resort wear, defined as cool, casual and comfortable "summer wear" that is not your typical t shirts and shorts. This would be the time to break out your maxi dresses, embellished sandals,caftans, voile pants, designer cover ups over designer swimsuits,complimented by hats, sunglasses and loads of chunky jewelry. The nautical trend is big for 2010 so expect to see lots of ocean themed accessories, stripes and sailor details on shorts and pants.

Panorama Semis
If you are lucky enough to be in Trinidad for Panorama Semis know that most people in the North Greens  will be decked out in a "crew" T-Shirt/Vest/Baby Tee. Cesar's Army, Island People, Red Ants,Insmoniacs, Jamboree among many other promoters offer Panorama Packages for around $250.00TT which include one of the aforementioned garments to wear, food and drinks ALL day and a fun lime with rhythim section and alot of other drunk people (cost of your panorama ticket is not included however).

It is not necessary to join a crew to enjoy panorama, you can do your own lime walking with drinks, food etc. Some private limes also do the uniformed T-Shirts for their crew as well. An iron on pattern on a T-Shirts/Vests/Baby Tees is cheap yet effective. The other standard panorama wear is shorts, t-shirt/vest, sun glasses and sneakers! You do not want to be in heels navigating the Savannah terrain!

After Carnival Cool Down:
Whether you are heading to Tobago, Maracas or Manazanilla most likely you will end up on a beach so swimwear is the clothing of choice. I advise on wearing a cover-up when you are not taking a swim since candid camera men are notorious for stalking women in bikinis and next thing you know you are unwittingly starring in some post carnival video.Shorts, Capris, sheer draw string pants or even a wrap is an ideal accessory on the beach.

Q.R.C. All-inclusive
Fete to the Max, CAREC Grounds, St Clair
Misty Ridge
Michael Headley all-inclusive, Salybia
The Beach House Carnival all-inclusive fete
In de Sanctuary all-inclusive, Valsayn
Moka all-inclusive, Maraval
Brian Lara all-inclusive,

Soca Jam:
Caribbean Brass Festival
Customs Boys’ annual Pan-o-Brass-Pan
Soca Monarch Final
Cooler Fete, Pier 1, Chaguaramas
Army Fete
Fire Fete
W.A.S.A. Fete

Out Door Clubs:
Bazodee Fridays
Jamboree Park
Bacchanal Wednesday
UWI Splash
TRIBE Ignite
Island People’s Girl Power
Trini Posse
Mania Country Club

Theme Fete:
Wicked in White
Eyes Wide Shut Carnivale
Country Club Carnival Friday Costume Party.

Breakfast Parties:
Sunny Side Up
Diamond Vale Breakfast Party

Boat Cruise:
Flight Cruise
Menage Carnival Cruise
Silent Morning
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