Post # 1
I am attending a Business Awards Dinner later this week.
I have gone many times before, but for some reason, I am struggling with what I should wear.
I bought this dress:
I plan on wearing knee-high black, heeled boots. I know pumps would look better, but it’s SO freaking cold here. Also going to wear black hose underneath.
As for accessories and hair… I am torn as to whether or not I should wear a dark blue scarf, or long silver, dainty chains.
The necklace is kind of like this, more petite and sparkily though.
I may just do my hair like this (without the hairclip):
Does this sound like a good combo? I’m a little worried about the boots/dress combo. I am so bad at pairing things.. lol Share your honest opinions and suggestions PLEASE!
Post # 3
Love the dress, where did you get it from? For the time of year, I’d go with the scarf, and it goes with the boots better. Necklace is more of a summer thing.
Post # 4
@urchin: honestly I think that dress is way too short for a business dinner. Also, I think matching it with boots makes it more of a going out dress. If I were going to a dinner like that I would lean more towards a suit with some nice accessories. Does the event provide dress code guidelines?
Post # 5
To me, the boots and scarf read a little more ‘weekend outing’ than ‘awards banquet’ with that dress. I’d change out the boots for a cool, sleek pair of ankle booties and lose the scarf for a chunky statement necklace.
Post # 6
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The boots are too chunky and casual for that type of event. I know that isn’t what you wanted to hear. Sorry.
Post # 7
@urchin: I find the outfit too casual for a dinner awards event, but you have been before, so I suppose you know how dressy or casual the event is.
Post # 8
I know you don’t want to wear pumps, but I think they’d look way more appropriate.
Post # 9
I love this dress, it’s very pretty but I’m a little concerned it’s on the short side of things. Where does it hit you? Since it’s an evening event you can afford to wear a dress that hits slightly above the knees but if it fits you like it fits the model it might be slightly too short. Those models are human skyscrapers though so if you’re not one yourself you should be fine 🙂
Since it’s cold, you could arrive in boots and then change into pumps if it’s in any way possible. Or just tough it out in pumps – arrive in a taxi if you need to so you won’t freeze. The boots seem a bit too casual.
Same goes for the scarf, it’s a little too casual, I would wear the chain necklace. An even better choice, IMO, would be a bold statement necklace if you have any. If you’re worried about being cold, arrive in the scarf and then check it in with your coat. I always do that, I would be sick all winter without my scarves.
Your hairstyle idea is great, very sleek and professional, I love it!
Post # 10
While it is a business awards dinner, it tends to be a little more casual in terms of dress. It’s all over the place, people wear all sorts of things. Most of the men wear suits..and I’ve seen the women wear everything from suits to cocktail dresses.
That’s why it’s so damned hard to figure out what is appropriate.. hmm…
And as for dress shortness, I am 5’1, so while it looks really short on that model, it’s nowhere near that short on me.
Post # 11
& thanks for all the advice so far! Your honesty is much appreciated!
Post # 12
If it’s super cold, I’d almost wear a pantsuit with stockings underneath.
But since you already bought the dress, I’d nix the boots and the scarf – too casual for a business event. I know other people dress casual but that doesn’t mean you should!
I think the dress would be fine with tights and heels.
Wear a blazer to act as a sweater to keep you warm.
If you’re really cold, I’d suggest wearing a slip underneath, or putting foot warming pads in your shoes. It shouldn’t really be that cold at the venue, right?
Post # 13
I tend to match what the guys wear. If they are in suits, you should have a blazer on.
Post # 14
@rickhurst35: Thanks! I got it from Suzy Sheir. I also am kind of going towards the scarf, just because I feel like it will cover me up more.. lol which I like.
@hotpinkbride: Thank you for your opinion! I should have mentioned that I am short short short, so the dress actually is just above my knee when I have it on. Thanks for your advice on the boots as well. I know my manager is wearing a dress and boots, so I feel like I might be able to get away with them.. then-again, I don’t want to look too clunky!
@UK Bride: I can’t do ankle boots, unfortunately, I have pretty chunky calves and ankles, so they look atrocious on me! Thanks for the suggestion though!
@lovekiss: I appreciate the honesty though! That’s what I wanted!
@ImmaBee: Thanks for your opinion…. I may very well end up running out to get some pumps, by the sounds of things 🙂
Post # 15
@urchin: Oh, don’t write them off yet! A black bootie that comes up just under the ankle bone (so it doesn’t cut your legs off in a weird way) paired with black tights can actually create a much sleeker and longer leg than a tall boot would!
Post # 16
The dress is too short for a business event, and the high boots will only draw more attention to that. Something a little more conservative might be more appropriate.