Personal Shopper: Kelli's Wedding Guest Dress Do Over

Kelli writes: I LOVE my silk maxi dress (in Everglade). Its comfortable, it looks fab, and I find it to be pretty versitile. However is it too casual to wear to a black tie wedding that I'll be attending next month? And if it is appropriate, what accessories should I pair with it to emphasize my waist a bit more and dress it up?? HELP!

Kelli, I hate to break it to you but your Ann Taylor dress just ain't gonna cut it for a black tie affair. That being said, I found you a dress in the exact same shade along with some accessories that fit your budget of $200-250. Knowing how much you love the versatility of the original dress, this option also works in a lot of different settings, as do the accessories I chose. I just couldn't seem to choose which accessories went best. So you and the readers get to decide which is best. Mazel tov! -Magzilla

The Dress:
Oasis Knife Pleat Dress ($120)
The sizes listed on the site are UK sizes so you'd want to get a 6 (which fits my non-pregnant size 4 frame).

Option 1:
Ladina Satin Heels ($50)
Michael Antonio Cobweb Pearl Necklace ($41)
Candie's Simulated Pearl Flower Stud Earrings ($11)

Option 2:
H&M Suede Platform Shoes ($49)
ASOS Leaf Arm Cuff ($14)
Lucky Gold Peacock Feather Earrings ($35)

Option 3:
ASOS PERFECT Platform Court Shoes ($32)
DANIEL AMES Lamé Curved Flap Clutch ($15)
ASOS Deco Shaped Structured Cutout Stone Drop Earrings ($21)

Option 4:
Floral canvas platform pumps ($30)
Monsoon Satin Pleat Clutch Bag ($41)
Victorian Gothic Jet Black Stretch Bracelet ($22)

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Posted on 08.11.11 at 1:46 PM

This is an excellent teaching moment: maxi dresses are CASUAL, ladies. They are not dressy, and they are not appropriate work wear. Yes, they are long, but long does not equal formal.


Posted on 08.13.11 at 9:17 AM

Come on outblush, I love you but did you really have to use "Aint"?
I agree, maxi dresses are CASUAL & are nothing else!

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