Which dress for formal dinner?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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1134 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@HappilyEverAfter54:  If the men are wearing tuxedos, you should wear the floor length gown. Tea length dresses are more suited to semi-formal events.

Post # 5
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525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I like the first one.

Post # 6
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1134 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@HappilyEverAfter54:  You’re welcome. I always think it’s better to “over dress” a little bit than it is to under dress.

Post # 7
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1167 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@HappilyEverAfter54:  Definitely floor length. Would the skirt be less full htough? Because it’s a very showy fullness as is, I would slink it up a bit to make it more dressy, less prommy 🙂

Post # 8
Hostess
7630 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

@FutureMrsHallam:  I agree. 

I like the first one but I would take out the fullness. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@HappilyEverAfter54:  That’s fair enough! I kindof hate proms (formals here) for that exact reason, everything starts to look like a prom dress :S But I thinkwithout the crinoline, it will look just perfect 🙂

Post # 12
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1167 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@HappilyEverAfter54:  Well prom is very (very very very) different to our “Year 12 Formal” – but the dresses are still sortof the same. Proms to me are either big fluffy bright ballgown, or slinky backless satin haha! We have neither of those extremes, but this is similar to what I wore to mine a few years ago, but with a waist that ended just above the hips;

Post # 13
Hostess
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@HappilyEverAfter54:  I think you’ll want to wear the first one but the second would not be out of place either. Where are they from, they both are beautiful?

Post # 16
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10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Etiquette Snob here… lol

As someone else mentioned when the Dress Code includes a Tuxedo / Black Tie (men set the level of formality) then a woman is usually seen in a Long Gown… but in truth, the Tea Length one you’ve shown us here is fussy enough to be able to hold its own up against a Formal Dress Code (where not all the Men will opt for a Tux… but instead choose a Dark Suit).  Dark Suits & Cocktail Dresses partner well… and most formal events that I’ve been to recently have a mix of both… Tuxedos & Suits along side Floor Length Gowns & Cocktail Dresses

Do you actually have the Invite… it would probably be more precise in its hints / references to the Dress Code.

 

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