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Denola Grey: Party from Daytime to Night Time in Style with these 6 Fashionable Tips



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Over time I’ve become a fashion anthropologist – trying to save earth by eradicating one bad outfit at a time. Recently I’ve noticed some growing trends in the party scene that need to be addressed as soon as possible and we will be treating them  today. From how not to dress when you’re partying at night with the crew to heading out in the sun for a brunch or social event, here are some key tips to never forget alongside your car keys and wallet.

Partying the night away in style – Tips

1. Slippers and clubs are a no-no

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Guys, while I appreciate the enthusiasm we have for the casual laid-back style, we mustn’t take it too far. Since my move back to Lagos, one time too many I’ve seen men wearing slippers to the club. Don;t get me wrong, I appreciate the confidence and gusto it takes to walk into a broken-glass obstacle course like SIP or Escape, but it’s really not appropriate. Velvet Slippers are an easy substitute or even tassel loafers. Your feet thank you in advance.

2. The tee should be the right size

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To everyone that has recently joined the #fitfam and #gymflow movement, I applaud you! Get your fitness on! But as you’re getting more built, it might be tempting to show off your biceps and packs and all, don’t take it too far! Refrain from buying Tees that are two sizes too small. It is never a good look. Don’t cross the line between looking ‘swole’ and looking flat out ‘SWOLLEN’. You are not interviewing to be a bouncer at a club or an extra in Magic Mike.

3. Shorts are not a bad thing

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Listen, Nigeria is hot!!! I never really liked wearing shorts before because; I was quite self-conscious about my knees. When I moved back however, and I was killing myself daily by wearing denim and thick chinos, I quickly got over that insecurity. Guys, it’s okay to wear shorts! Granted there is a time and place (i.e Don’t wear shorts to a the club), but you can still wear them and look suave. Wear it with a nice tee and a blazer over it and you look like you fit right in at the Hamptons. Everyone loves a good Hamptons comparison. Now, for those of you who want to wear shorts but can’t because you keep missing leg day in the gym, its time to get it right. Word on the street is that girls appreciate guys with nice legs too. Who knew?!

Daytime partying never looked so good – Tips

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Have you ever been faced with this problem? You’re invited to a brunch or a party during the day and the dress code is ‘semi formal’. Lord knows I have had mild anxiety on Saturday mornings looking for an outfit that wouldn’t make me carry last among the guests. I have since developed an easy formula to help me when getting dressed for such events.

There are three things to know when dressing up for a daytime party.
1. White is your friend: A white shirt is a good base that goes with any light or earth tone blazer. White trousers are also good too.

2. Avoid heavy materials: Don’t wear corduroy blazers or heavy denim. Opt for light chinos or even cotton/linen blends for the trousers. You don’t have to wear a tie either. Keep all the materials to a light breezy minimum.

3. Loafers, Boat Shoes or Light colored velvet slippers are the footwear of choice: Coffee brown tassel loafers are always a good choice of footwear. It says formal and casual at the same time.

Photo Credit: Toyosi Faridah Kekere-Edun

Denola Grey is a media content generator. Denola Grey started his blog, in June 2014. It consists of his thoughts, personal experiences, and style choices as he navigates his way through life. Denola has worked at PR Consulting New York and a fashion journalist for Genevieve. Denola alternates between working on his blog and other freelance projects.


  1. Iamnephiza

    October 20, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Denola’s cheekbones reminds me of Olivier Rousteing of Balmain. To die for!!!

  2. Confuzzled

    October 20, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    To each his own but if I ever meet a man dressed like this I’ll be unable to take him seriously. I can see someone incorporating one or two of the pieces into their outfit with good results, but all at once its just too much for my taste.
    Anyway, he’s in the fashion industry so I guess he can be more daring with his looks!

    • Dekunle

      October 22, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      What is he in the fashion industry? What does he do?

  3. Jennifer

    October 20, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Nice thanks anyways #am a lady#

  4. Meh

    October 20, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    He isn’t asking the men of Nigeria to dress like him. All he said was don’t wear slippers to clubs, wear light materials during the day, wear shirts that are your size, don’t be afraid of shorts and white is your friend.

  5. mee

    October 20, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    “shorts are not a bad thing”……cringe at the grammar

    • shoky

      October 20, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      Ah ah sm pple sha did u read d context in which that sentence was used too much itk

    • Skittles

      October 20, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      Ahn ahn! please what’s wrong with the grammar?

    • ab

      October 21, 2014 at 12:37 am

      should it be “shorts is not a bad thing”??? loooooooooooooooooool. There’s nothing wrong with what he said madam

    • Ozzy

      October 21, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      I believe his grammar is correct but hey I may b wrong. Sounds correct to me coz he is talking of shorts in a plural context.

  6. smile

    October 21, 2014 at 12:09 am

    love the outfits

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