October 29th, 2013
You ladies are
quite the socialites as your formal attire What to Wear submissions have
kept me quite busy these past few weeks. I wish I could say my social
calendar was as action packed with formal festivities and eventful
outings but since that is (sadly) farthest from the truth, I will
continue to live vicariously through your requests.
Cha writes, “Next month my
aunt is retiring after over 30 yrs of civil service. Her retirement
dinner will be a black tie/event. Please help!”
For such a special occasion, you’ll want to
stick with a formal theme, opting for an evening gown or an
elegant cocktail dress. Play with accent pieces like embellished jewelry
and a statement clutch that will transform your look into a playful
yet sophisticated ensemble.
For look, #1 turn heads in a SAFIYYA stretch bouclet dress in a stunning emerald green hue, a pair of metallic sandals, and a black fur stole.
An Oscar de la Renta Hex two tone suede clutch and a simple pair of gold dangle earrings
compliments this curve-defining number. A nude lip matched with a smoky
lid and false lashes add the finishing touch to this floor sweeping
Opt for a Donna Karan one shoulder draped jersey gown uplifted by a strappy metallic heel for look #2.
For a more festive feel work in a jewel embellished box clutch, a luxurious fur coat,
and crystal drop earrings. Sweep a silvery taupe eyeshadow across your
lid and work in a dazzling silver mani for the final touch.
For your final wardrobe option, forego a long gown and shimmer in a sparkly sequin midi dress subdued by a pair of black strappy sandals and a crystal embellished black evening clutch.
Compliment this sequin number with a pair of gold dangle earrings, a textured coat, a bronze and berry lid, and a soft pink lip.