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#1 Suzanne F

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 04:53 PM

I will be attending a gala honoring a former boss from many years ago. Takes place on a Monday night in mid-May; 6:30 cocktails, 7:30 performances (by Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, and Ailyn Pérez) and dinner. "Festive attire."

 

I haven't been to anything like this since 1982. And I no longer own the dress I wore to that. I have a sparkly black "cocktail suit" and black patent flats, which I wore to an evening wedding a couple of years ago. Will those be "festive" enough?

 

Also: is it better to break out the diamonds, or will garnets do?

 

TIA.


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Posted 13 April 2018 - 07:32 PM

Serious answer: I believe there are places now where women can rent evening wear, much like the way men can rent tuxedos.  Your described outfit sounds lovely, but probably not festive enough.

 

And by all means, break out the diamonds!  This sounds exactly the right sort of occasion for them.


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Posted 13 April 2018 - 08:00 PM

Black and bling.   


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Posted 15 April 2018 - 06:19 PM

Black and bling.


Add a pair of sparkly dangling earrings and you'll be good to go.

#5 Suzanne F

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 09:31 PM

Have two pairs of diamond stud earrings, but just one hole per ear. Thinking about getting my hair cut a few days before so I can push it behind my ears and sparkle away.

 

Thanks for the advice!


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#6 Suzanne F

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 02:44 AM

The event was last night. Black sparkly cocktail suit worked fine. Black stockings, red suede shoes I got last week at Bloomingdale's outlet--like ballet flats, but with a high back and strap around the ankle. (Nicer looking--and more comfortable--than the black patent flats I thought I'd wear.) Diamond lavaliere, diamond stud earrings. For a purse, a Tibetan embroidered red satin envelope bag on a long braided strap.

 

My outfit was fancier than some, not as fancy as others. At least I did not stand out. Thanks for your help!


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 09:30 PM

:gold:


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