INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Tahoe SAFE Alliance and Project MANA recently announced Dress The Part(y) as the signature sponsor of the 24th Annual Chocolate, Wine andamp; Roses Festival for the third year in a row. Incline residents Linda and Richard Offerdahl continue to support this important event that raises money for local programs such as the Mt. Rose Safe House, the 24-hour Community Helpline, violence prevention and education to school children, food distribution and nutrition education.“One Night in Havana, Paradise Under the Stars” is this year’s motivational theme behind the festival on Nov. 3. As its primary sponsor, Dress the Part(y) is very excited about this year’s festival because it will be held at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe. Imagine the spectacular crowds congregating throughout the night as though indeed it were a paradise under the stars in Havana.Ignite your creativity by visiting Dress the Part(y) to discover something it can offer to help you create a definitive character or find accessories that accentuate an outfit you already own.Dress The Part(y) can also special order costumes, dresses and tuxedos with advance notice. Dress the Part(y) is located at 774 Mays Blvd. in Incline Village. For information, visit www.dressthepart.org.Are you a 1920s flapper looking for a decadent party on a lush tropical isle? Are you a 1940s thrill seeker looking for paradise under the stars? Are you a showgirl from the famous Tropicana Nightclub? Perhaps you embody Desi Arnaz the famous Cuban bandleader. Or are you a modern day adventurer looking for your next escapade? Choosing what to wear for this event is going to be easy because the spectrum is broad enough that everyone can easily pull together the perfect look just by taking inventory of their summer wardrobe.First, address the biggest factor: location, location, location! Havana is a spicy city that lies on the northern coast of Cuba, south of the Florida Keys, where the Gulf of Mexico joins the Caribbean. This means folks will be wearing light-weight clothing since the humidity saturates the body before it has a chance to towel off after a shower. Ladies, consider flirty hemlines, clothing that flows in the breeze, something that has a halter neckline, spaghetti straps, or just generally sleeveless. If you have concerns about your arms getting chilled by air-conditioned climates, just toss a silky long scarf or light-weight sweater over your shoulders.Gentlemen, clothing made of rayon, silk, or light weight cotton, such as linen are what to wear if you want to stay cool. Also, this is one place where your undershirt can also be considered the main shirt and the over shirt can be worn like a jacket.Next, know that Havana is filled with dancing. Choose fun pieces in bold brights or creamy pastels that liven up a room. Ladies, think of soft ruffles that inspire images of blooming flowers, fringe that shimmies as you shake, beads that sparkle in the moonlight, and sheer fabrics that also work as mosquito netting.Gentlemen, this is one place that, unless you show up with a fruit basket on your head, no one will ever think your shirt is too fruity. If opting to wear a tuxedo, try a white tux with a pastel shirt or a black tux with a very bright shirt. Choosing a Tommy Bahama shirt over a tuxedo is certainly an option for this particular theme.Finally, and this is a crucial part of creating the perfect ensemble for this sultry event, accessorize yourself! This applies to all because a simple accessory can actually take an ordinary outfit and turn it in to themed attire with the least amount of effort.For men, hats ranging from fedoras and panamas to newsboys and golfers caps can absorb the beads of sweat accumulating on your temples as your cigar nestles peacefully in your shirt pocket.Ladies, you could be wearing the little black dress from last Friday night’s date but when you cinch your waist with a bright belt, put on some Cuban heeled stockings or fishnets, and a big beautiful flower or similar bold accessory in your hair, last week’s dress has become this night’s vintage Havana beauty a la Mademoiselle!
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