August 28, 2017
On Wednesday’s post about how to UNPACK your suitcase, a reader commented that she needed advice about what to wear to an upcoming formal event being held in Orlando, in October. Another reader posted a really intelligent, thoughtful response, but I thought that it was an interesting question, worth tossing out to the general Vivienne Files population. (the smartest women around, no questions!)
I haven’t attended a black-tie event since the overly-posh ’80s, when I was in my 20’s and when everything was completely out of control – I could have just glued diamonds all over my body and it wouldn’t have raised many eyebrows. (except when the bill came!) I know what I would wear, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into what would be best for someone else…
So comment away!
And while you’re thinking, I have a few ensembles that I pulled together that I thought were fun…
This first one would almost certainly be too warm in Orlando, but I loved the swish of the dress, and that feeling that it’s just an overgrown tee shirt…
I adore this – it’s a color that’s so flattering, and the cuts are simple. Leaving the top untucked can hide a lot of things we’d like to keep unseen, too…
Black is always good – I suspect that this dress might be longer in person, but a tape measure would be useful if you’re mail-ordering. I tried to choose unexpected jewelry here, just to keep things interesting.
I would wear this in a heartbeat..
And THIS screams to me – if I had a holiday dressy event, this is how I would want to dress. “Tomboy goes to the prom…”
One approach to choosing what to wear would be to pick your favorite color and go wild – if you truly love navy with bright colors, indulge yourself.
Another thought – if you can wear a color that’s not flattering on most people, DO IT. You’ll be the only person in the crowd (probably) wearing that color. I particularly love the touches of pink in this dress – I chose the bag to pull that pink a little bit more into prominence.
Velvet! What’s not to love? Even in Florida, short-sleeves will make velvet wearable.
I like the insouciant feeling of tossing a cardigan over your shoulders when the air-conditioning goes crazy; that’s one of the things that I’ve found that you can count on in Florida…
Which of these would you choose? Or what would you wear, if you had this exciting evening in your future?