Weddings, Proms & Parties – July 02, 2018

Weddings, Proms & Parties – July 02, 2018

This is a seasonal weekly recurring thread to discuss all of your questions, feedback requests and inspo for whatever upcoming dress-up occasions you may have. Be sure to check out [this guide to wedding guest attire]( as a starting point. Have fun!

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  1. enska3
    July 2, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Hi! Someone suggested I post here for advice. This is a debacle, so it might be long.

    I am going to a wedding this weekend for a high school friend. It’s an Indian wedding and they specified colorful formal Indian or Western attire. I totally forgot about the formal part and got this dress:

    It is slightly duller in color in real life.

    Someone reminded me of the formal requirement and I still didn’t really get what it meant, so I emailed the bride and asked if the dress was ok. She said to wear it and get a colorful necklace. She said people would definitely be more dressed up but that it was fine.

    I have some navy heels that are perfed, which I thought was a nice touch. I bought a navy Kate Spade bag on Poshmark for $80 to class it up (it’s beautiful). I also got a hot pink necklace and earrings set from Etsy and got some pink glitter makeup.

    Then yesterday my mom sends me this text (I live with her): “I don’t want to hurt your feelings but the color of your dress is not good and I think you should wear black or a jewel tone.” I had never even considered the color to be “bad”. Sure it’s unusual but I thought it actually would fit in nicely as they specified “colorful”.

    I didn’t really think that much of it but then today I came out of my room and one of her black dresses was hanging there. I cried. For some reason that gesture got to me. I can’t wear the black dress because it’s even less casual than the yellow one. I do have a couple other options. I could wear a burgundy satin dress that’s tea length or a green lace dress that’s I think midi. The green I could probably wear with all the accessories and the burgundy I could still use the navy accessories.

    I think I have about the same coloring as the model in the photo. I also have blonde hair. I also just spent 200-300 dollars on this look and my mom hates it and I fear that she isn’t the only one. I’ve shared the dress with several others and nobody has really said much about it which sort of alarms me. One good thing was my therapist loves it. I think it’s gorgeous. It actually is one of my fave dresses I’ve ever bought.

    Edit: I also thought about dyeing it. I’d just remove the color and dye it a lighter/better yellow. The outside is 60% tencel and the rest is poly so I’d have to keep it yellow probably since the poly wouldn’t change color.

    What are your thoughts on all this? It’s messed up for sure.

    Edit 2: thank you all so much for your input. I bought a completely new formal pink dress that’s floor length. It became all too much. I can use the navy accessories.

  2. lmaoidk1
    July 2, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Got invited to a filipino debut (aka super fancy bday party) & the theme is formal/evening attire.

    Is [this outfit]( okay? Not sure if the dress length + kimono cardigan is fancy enough or if i should just buy a longer/more formal dress

  3. thisisnotkathy
    July 2, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    I have a weird question. I have an upcoming wedding in Boston next month with no dress code specified. When asked, the bride stated that “church clothes” would be fine. I’m thinking modest, covered shoulders, nice but still casual? I feel like if you don’t specify a dress code it’s probably relatively casual, but what do you guys think?

  4. ellemonte
    July 2, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    What the eff is “festive yacht attire”? The event is a cocktail party on a boat hosted by my law firm (I’m a student here for the summer, it’s a large international firm in NYC). I have no clue what to wear, as my go to for cocktail events is an LBD but that doesn’t seem to fit the theme.

  5. ImperialSaison
    July 2, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Is [this dress]( too casual for a outdoor semiformal summer wedding (in Ontario)? My gut says yes.

  6. the_grateful_duck
    July 2, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    I am really feeling [this]( dress for a formal wedding in August. Is floral too casual for a formal wedding? Also, super tempted to get the white floral dress or is that just not worth the risk?

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