Post # 1
So my husband’s work has an event happening in a few months. They are making it red carpet style so I’m guessing it’s going to be formal or semi formal. I’ve never been to anything like that and I dont have girlfriends that even wear dresses ( I love them but they are not the people to ask)
Anyways ladies do you have any ideas? I am thinking of a dress like this:
Sorry I meant to put this in the Not Wedding Related board.
What about this dress?
I also love this (above link).
By The Way I am 5’2 will a long dress make me look like i’m drowning?
Post # 3
- Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon
@Angel974: To me, “red carpet style” would mean super formal. Floor length gown, statement jewelry, the whole *damn* 9 yards. Honestly, it would annoy me to get a dress like that (probably about $200) that I’d only wear once. Try to get a very formal shorter dress, they are usually cheaper. Taffeta is almost always cheaper than satin.
The dress you showed is a little informal, IMO. But I have no idea what their interpretation of “red carpet” is. I dunno, show up as your usual stunning self and pretend that you don’t notice anything strange if you feel like you’re under- or over-dressed. If you don’t act like anything’s odd, they probably won’t either.
Post # 4
That dress looks a bit informal for Red carpet. Check out Rent the runway get a amazing dress and not break the budget!
Post # 5
They are having celebrity guests and other stuff like that. I don’t know what that is suppossed to mean but I’m guessing it means its fancy but I have confusion on what is fancy. I thought if I wear a semi formal dress and just lay on the jewelry it might work. But again its not like this is the Oscars
Post # 6
Re – Semi Formal vs Formal
It comes down to fabrics, cut, style, quality and length.
Cockail Dresses are the norm for Semi Formal.
Cocktail Dresses – Long Gowns – Ball Gowns are what is usually worn for Black Tie or White Tie Events.
You will need to take your clues from what is appropriate from the Dress Code that is advertised with the event.
The Dress you have shown might be fine for Semi Formal… but not dressy enough for a formal event, as the fabric isn’t luxurious enough.
Hope this helps,
PS… You can use GOOGLE to find ideas of what is appropriate.
Post # 7
@Angel974: I definitely feel the same as @AllyCRN: and @MsPanda: That dress is too informal.
In my experience, I always feel like it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed at an event. I’m not saying that you should arrive in a ballgown, but in this day and age it is rare to be able to get properly dressed up, so you should take advantage of it. Check out BCBG, JCrew’s bridesmaid section, even H&M.
Good luck! Sounds fun 🙂
Post # 8
@This Time Round: Thanks 🙂 I had no idea I had to look at fabric. It makes sense. I used google but it doesn’t mention these things and I cant get opinions The worst thing for me is if I am over dressed. I am looking at MsPanda’s sugesstion of Rent the Runway. Its got some amazing dreses.
Post # 9
red carpet style means floor lenght. try bcbg. they have amazing dresses!
Post # 10
@Angel974: Do you know if they plan to send out invitations? You might be able to get a clue as to the level of formality from the invitation.
Otherwise, I would ask hubby for the name of a contact person on the event planning committee and ask them.
Post # 11
@julies1949: Not yet, its still a few months away. I didn’t realize semi formal and formal could mean two different things! I appreciate the help.
Post # 12
The biggest season for Formalwear is the Christmas Holidays. If your event is going to be in 2014, all the better… as you’ll probably be able to find a good deal if you are smart and keep an eye on the Sales.
I always find that Large Department Stores are a good place to look for Semi Formal & Formal attire… Nordstroms – Macys – Lord & Taylor etc.
But there are certainly many other stores that also sell clothing appropriate for a dressy occasion (be it a Cocktail length or Long Gown)
The trick is tho when you shop to look for something that doesn’t scream CHRISTMAS or NEW YEARS
As for fabrics… the dressier ones are:
Chiffon – Lace – Organza – Silk – Satin – Taffeta – Velvet (to name but a few) as well as look for ornamention (if you like it) in the way of Feathers – Sequins – Beading – Embroidery etc.
Hope this helps,
Post # 13
I went to a red carpet event earlier this year, and like you I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on a dress I’d only wear once. I got this in black:
I was very happy with the choice. It’s a flattering dress, though it’s a bit low cut (we sewed the bodice a bit so there was less cleavage). It was reasonably priced, looked formal, and because it’s lightweight it doesn’t take up any space in my closet, so I don’t feel bad keeping it just in case.
Post # 14
I found this Website that has pics, that might prove helpful as far as getting some basic ideas & understanding
How to Dress for a Party (Dress Codes) = http://www.howtodressforaparty.com/dress-code-for-a-party.html
You can click on each section for more info…
Example, here is the one for Semi Formal = http://www.howtodressforaparty.com/what-is-semi-formal.html
Hope this helps,
Post # 15
Something more like this red carpet to me means glamorous elegant and unique