Post # 1
DH’s workplace is having a “holiday dinner/dance”, and I’m trying to find a dress to wear. There isn’t a dress code specified, but it’s in a mansion/venue that is typically used for weddings and mroe formal affairs. I don’t want to wear anything super skimpy since it’s cold, and also because I’m slightly “curvier” than I’d like to be at the moment. Is it ok to wear a longer dress (not TOO over the top glamorous or anything), in black or a dark color, like this: http://www.lulus.com/products/lulus-exclusive-slow-dance-strapless-navy-blue-maxi-dress/120306.html
Post # 3
@AnonymousCupcake: I would only worry that it’s strapless, but I’m a busty girl and can NOT get away with strapless anything! However, if you were comfortable in the strapless, I feel as though it would be appropriate. It’s also beautiful!
Post # 4
I think that’s fine! I’d make sure to wear fun jewelery with it as opposed to CZ or gemstone formal jewelery!
Post # 5
@Cornmuffin09: Thanks! I think I’ll be ok with the top (hopefully!).
@BrandNewBride: Ohh what would you suggest jewelry-wise??
Post # 7
Hi @AnonymousCupcake: Etiquette Snob here… lol
Most Christmas Parties / Dinners & Dances that I have been to over the years have either been Semi-Formal, or Business.
If it is Semi-Formal or Formal you will be dressed perfectly.
If it is to be Business wear, then you will over dressed.
Is there someone you can ask on what is the norm… what people have worn in the past etc ?
Post # 8
@This Time Round: Unfortunately DH is fairly new, and does not really know who to ask (or won’t…men). Purely based on the venue, and the fact that it starts at 7pm on a Saturday (I believe) I’m inclined to believe it leans more semi-formal, but I could be wrong.
Post # 9
To @AnonymousCupcake: Have you met casually / socially any of his Female Colleagues OR Male Colleague’s Wives ?
That might be a starting point.
IF NO, well you could always call the HR Dept and make inquiries as to what has happened in the past
Hope this helps,
Post # 10
@This Time Round: Alright, he just came home and said he was told “anything goes” (that the range of dress is pretty varied), but that his coworkers are going the nice suit and tie route. I’m thinking the long dress wil be fine, since it isn’t SO fancy, but still pretty. Thanks for your advice!
Post # 11
@AnonymousCupcake: I think it’s perfect! I agree with you that it sounds semi-formal by the time and location… If you can’t get any information beyond what you already have I’d go with it- personally I’d rather be overdressed than underdressed!
Post # 12
- Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
I think the dress you have picked should work fine.