(Closed) MOB dress too casual?

posted 3 years ago in Family
Post # 2
1511 posts
Bumble bee


HCbee2014:  I would send her a picture of the MOG dress and say “this is what MOG has picked out!” and see what she says. If she replies with a “Oh, pretty.” then leave it at that. If she replies with “Oh, it is much fancier than what I bought. Do you think I should get something else?” then you have the opportunity to weigh in and suggest something dressier.

Post # 3
956 posts
Busy bee

Could it be dressed up with a shawl, heels and accessories? 

Post # 4
1662 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I thnk it is fine.   Too often here, we read about people trying to upstate the bride, wear white etc.  

Post # 5
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

HCbee2014:  I think it would be a lovely gesture to buy it for her. But yes you should tell her it’s too casual. Mint green, in general, doesn’t say cocktail time to me, especially with a cardigan. 

Whats the harm in saying you realized you were wrong?

Post # 7
5755 posts
Bee Keeper

Do you have any pictures of the dress? I think she would appreciate it if you let her know something else might be better, and maybe go shopping together and offer to buy it for her. Save her the embarrassment of being undredressed, and you’ll both be happier!

Post # 8
8746 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Nothing is wrong with the color of the dress.  It would really depend on the fabric and style.   But to me, a sundress implies cotton or daytime material by definition, so yes, it  sounds too casual.  The white sandals and  the cardigan also sound too casual. 

FWIW,  there is really no such official thing as black tie optional.  There is formal or not formal.  Black tie allows for an  optional dark suit in any case. But even for what is commonly designated as black tie optional, her outfit does not sound dressy enough, especially for a mother.  As I said on a recent thread, formality has nothing to do with embellishments or sequins.  A simple gown can be just as dressy. 

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