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Old 12-03-2007, 10:40 AM
 
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It was funny actually my experience at the boutique. It was not really that high end and well, the owner was a guy. He talked up his stuff and his store to other patrons about what the girls in LA were wearing at the time LOL. I was wearing what he described Maybe my headband wasn't thick enough or my sunglasses big enough? Ha ha ha ha!

When I worked retail I always learned to not judge others because you never know about people--they can have money even if appearance doesn't seem like it

You guys will laugh...I dug around in my closet and found a perfect black dress I forgot about owning. It will be perfect if I ever need to attend a black tie event
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Old 10-15-2008, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Hey there!

Just curious as to what to wear nowadays (as a woman) to a black-tie dinner? I haven't been to one since college (I'mm 35)...Not sure what to wear.

I'm not a high fashion gal and really more rockabilly or retro...Would one of those dresses be suitable? My formal wear is more punky actually

It's a one time deal and I'll probably never see these people again LOL...It's in January in San Diego

What to wear? Or, not to wear?

Gosh, I don't even own pumps! I wear ballet flats more in my retro daily look...

I don't want to be inappropriate LOL...help!

Thanks and hugs,
AB

Where is the dinner going to be held?
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Old 10-15-2008, 06:20 PM
 
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Where is the dinner going to be held?
It was last year that the OP made this post.

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Old 10-16-2008, 11:25 AM
 
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It was last year that the OP made this post.
Also, if you read closely too, there ended up not being a black tie affair. We all wore our sundresses and flip flops. I mean, it was San Diego, after all
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Old 09-06-2009, 11:08 AM
 
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I will be attending a charity black tie event next month. I have been reading the above remarks about what to wear but I don't have the money to buy something new as I am Sr citizen on fixed income. I am wondering if black palazzo pants with a dressy dark top willl work. As for the shoes I do not at my age wear heels. I have a black pair of mules. I probably will not carry a pocketbook as I will be carrying camera equipment in a camera bag. The only reason I am going is that I won tickets for this and being a photographer I want to get some photos that most of my peers wont won't have. Or should I carry a pocket book and just have the camera around my neck? Or perhaps I could take one of my large over the shoulder pocketbook that maybe I can put my camera in?
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Old 09-06-2009, 11:15 AM
 
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I will be attending a charity black tie event next month. I have been reading the above remarks about what to wear but I don't have the money to buy something new as I am Sr citizen on fixed income. I am wondering if black palazzo pants with a dressy dark top willl work. As for the shoes I do not at my age wear heels. I have a black pair of mules. I probably will not carry a pocketbook as I will be carrying camera equipment in a camera bag. The only reason I am going is that I won tickets for this and being a photographer I want to get some photos that most of my peers wont won't have. Or should I carry a pocket book and just have the camera around my neck? Or perhaps I could take one of my large over the shoulder pocketbook that maybe I can put my camera in?
That would have been acceptable at the charity black tie events that I've attended, but it may vary by city. You should check with the charity in advance, though, to confirm that they're okay with the camera; they may not like that, and you should give them a chance to discuss it before you show up. Guests do expect to be photographed at these events, but not necessarily by fellow guests. Also, assuming they are okay with a camera, be aware that with that outfit and the camera you will look you're the official photographer, not a guest, in case that matters.
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Old 09-06-2009, 11:22 AM
 
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IMO the black palazzo pants and dressy top would most likely be ok...Camera? Not so much....I guess it depends on the situation though....how much equipment are you talking about? If you are a guest, I would think having a small camera in your pocketbook would be one thing (to snap some personal photos of friends at your table etc) but going into a black tie charity event with a camera hanging from your neck....

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Old 09-06-2009, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla
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I've been to three more blk tie events since this was originally posted and I have to say, I don't ever recall (recently or in the past) anyone ever having their own cameras. You can always have your picture taken with whomever you'd like and order the pictures afterward (from the photographer). But you know, in a day and age where cell phone cams are the norm, I don't see anything wrong with taking a few (discreet) pics with just yourself and the party you arrived with. I don't know what sort of people will be attending your event but we've had celebrities and other 'notable' personalities attend the events that I've been to and picture taking was not allowed.
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Old 09-06-2009, 02:28 PM
 
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JCPenney : women : dresses : evening

The link should give you some idea's
You can go long or short ..
If you choose the sensible investment of the little black dress .. you can't go wrong
Add a shaw .. in case you feel cool .. it can be colorful and/or sparkling
Keep ths Jewelry tasteful .. it can be costume .. pearls .."diamonds"

Shoes ... if everything else is simple and tasteful ... Your shoes can be knock-out ..

Just remember .. size does NOT matter .. ..

They must be exceptionally comfortable ..

If your feet hurt .. you will not be wearing your most important party wear ..

A genuine smile ..

The rules are not as rigid as they once were .. At 35 you might shop for some retro items ..
I carry crazy purses as my statement piece..
I have decorated wooden chocolate box from France
A Beatrice Potter mini lunch box
A silk purse from the local museum shop
A small black bag from Payless when my outfit is a bit wild ...

Have a great time ... think of it as prom night with a bar .. fun..
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Old 07-15-2010, 01:48 PM
 
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what about a silver & gray Maggie L knee length dress for a black tie affair? I got it at Stein mart is any body familiar with it. Collar less with little lapels that open into a deep v , not too deep. , a cloth belt of the same material that ties in front . with a full skirt. do i wear silver or black shoes?
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