Personal Shopper: A bat mitzvah ceremony guest dress for November for Caitlin G.

Caitlin G. wrote, "Hey outblush! So I'm going to a bat mitzvah in the beginning of November and I have a dress for the party but not one for the service. How do I look appropriate for temple but also stylish? I was invited by my boyfriend's friend's family and haven't met though so I want to make a good impression! Something under $200 would be awesome. Thanks, Caitlin"

Caitlin, according to, a nice dress (as opposed to pants) is a good idea - and we'd take it one step further and suggest no cleavage, no sleeveless, and no super-short frocks. When in doubt, go for modesty. Enjoy our six picks below!

1 - Coast Jessica Ruched Long Sleeve Dress ($143)

2 - BCBG Max Azria Jersey Deep V-Neck Belted Dress ($116 on sale)

3 - Rachel Roy Draped V-Neck Dress ($99, in 2 colors)

4 - Marc New York 'Fawn' Belted Cap Sleeve Dress ($105 on sale)

5 - French Connection Silk High Neck Shift Dress ($194)

6 - Marc New York Stretch Dual Cap Sleeve Dress ($89 on sale)

Frustrated in your search for that perfect leather handbag, red stiletto pump, or whatever makes your heart go thump in the night? Send us a request and we might do the shopping work for you in a future Personal Shopper feature!


Rachel H., Outblush Operative

Posted on 10.27.10 at 12:53 PM

As a Jew who has been to many different synagogues of different denominations, I'd like to suggest you play it safe by not showing your knees either. If you're going to an orthodox synagogue, elbows should also be covered. I usually wear a skirt and a nice blouse with a cardigan.


Posted on 10.27.10 at 1:06 PM

Good to know! Thanks, Rachel!

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