Sunday, April 08, 2007

Reader Question: Semi-Formal Dresses

Shopaholic sweetie, Corine, asks, "I'm about to graduate, and after my school's graduation ceremony, we'll be invited back to a semi-formal. I know I won't have a date for that, but what can I wear? I usually go to extremes-I either over or under dress for events like these. Does a happy median exist?!"

Yes, Corine, a happy medium does exist! Since this event will happen after a school-related event, I recommend staying on the conservative side. You can wear pants if you want, but if I were you, I'd go with a dress. Also, you never know who you may be networking with in the future - your teachers, your classmates, their guests - so make a good impression now with a super ladylike look...you know...just in case. I recommend keeping the length around the knee since a long skirt says "formal" to me, and this is more "semi-formal." I, also recommend shying away from anything too low-cut or tight...if you want to go for a more classy-chic look, that is. Finally, a "LBD" or "Little Black Dress" is always a good choice. The LBD is a classic style you'll be able to use the rest of your life...making your purchase for the event a smart decision, if you get one with a classic cut.

Here are a few LBD's I found on the web, for four different budgets:

Forever 21 - Ramona Dress - $27.80
This dress kinda reminds of Breakfast at Tiffany's


Gap - Silk Voile Pleated Dress - $69.50
If the V-neck is too low-cut for you, add a cami for some extra coverage


Banana Republic - Linen Ribbon Tie Dress - $148
Super chic - the ribbon tie gives it a lil something extra


Anne Klein Dress Crepe Dress - $170
The belt makes this dress perfectly chic for 2007

Well, these are just my personal opinions for your semi-formal event, not hard and fast rules. Use them as you see fit and as they fit your personal style.

Shopaholic readers, what would you recommend?

4 comments:

Looks to Love said...

The Banana Republic Linen dress is so cute!! Definitely one that can be dressed up or dressed down!! :)

fashionfoodculture-life said...

i LOVE the banana republic one, it's a dress you could wear after semi-formal too. All my high school semi-formal dresses i've only worn that one time.

Jessorz said...

As an alternative to the black, you could also go with a flowy dress with a spring print on it. It looks both cute and fun. And if you need extra structure, add a belt for insta-chic.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I am 32 yrs old.I have great legs and good taste but sometimes I think I dress too young.It would kill me to dress like a 32 yr old though.I dont work outside the house so I dont get to dress up all that much.I love my mini skirts and short strappy summer dresses.My husband like me dressing young but often I see older women dressed young and would hate to look like them.What is appropriate for cocktails/general wear for me ?