Decoding the Code

This past Sunday I had a work event to attend
and this coming weekend I have another.

The first thought that went through my mind when I discovered I would be going was
“What should I wear?!”

You are a liar if this has never happened to you.

Thankfully there is a dress code specified on the invitation.

This is helpful, right?
Not exactly…

The title of the first event contained the phrases “casino night” & “pirate ball.”
I was so confused.
The invite said “cocktail attire,” which I take to mean something short & sassy,
but the casino aspect made it sound more glam than your typical party.
And then the pirate part??

I went to my favorite consignment boutique, Revolver, in search of something unique and suitable.
Lucky enough I found the perfect thing (and for only $20!):
I swear, the picture does not do this dress justice.
It is a gold-on-black jersey knit slinky number with a flamenco hem and an open back.
I styled it with simple black suede heels, a low tousled ‘do, & champagne diamonds set in yellow gold.
This is the ideal balance between glamorous, but not too fancy, with a splash of pirate attitude.


Once I arrived, I noticed guests wearing an array of styles
ranging from little sequin dresses appropriate for NYE to full on ball gowns topped off with fur.
This  really was an event where almost anything was acceptable.

Overall, the event was a blast & I was able to spend time with co-workers outside of work!Friends

When in doubt, do your best.
But more importantly, be yourself & feel comfortable in what you’re wearing.
Confidence is more fabulous than any dress, so if you’re not big on dresses wear a sleek pantsuit.
If you’re not the flashy type then go with a classic LBD.
I like to think of the dress code as a general guideline, rather than a set of rules, because dressing up should be fun!

The next event to attend is the Ballet Ball, which I am so excited about.
The invitation stated it was a black tie event, which means ball gowns for the ladies,
but being that it is an artistic crowd I feel I have a little more creative freedom.

When you read “ball gown” or “formal” do not be scared.
This does not automatically imply some beaded, sparkly dress reminiscent of high school prom.
These days you could make a summer maxi dress look formal with the right accessories.

I wanted something that I could wear again, but was undoubtedly beautiful.
I turned to Anthropology in search of a dress with a simple shape, pretty print, & luxurious fabric.
After some online browsing, I came across a silk t-shirt gown with a watercolor floral print.
It was brilliant. It was becoming. It was perfect for the ballet.
After finding the dress,
I was reminded of these amazing beaded Prada mules at Revolver that I had been lusting over for months.
I decided this was the perfect occasion to justify buying them.
The heel height was just right and the delicate details dressed up the silk gown.
Sometimes with a full-length dress you’ll never see the shoes,
but my dress has a slit up the side, allowing a flash of footwear as I walk.

I plan to accessorize with strands of black Tahitian pearls.
The color of black pearls has an iridescent quality that plays off the color scheme of the dress.
Furthermore, black pearls are an updated version of the classic white pearls,
lending an overall understated sophistication to the ensemble.
I’ll also cary a small, black beaded clutch to tie in the embellishments on my heels.

For hair, I’m thinking a soft curl with a center part.
Makeup will be simple; a sleek black liner and plum lipstick.
Lastly, I’ll go from car to event wearing a short, black, beaded cape.

Look out for this ensemble in a few days!
I’ll be sure to post a selfie (or two) to Instagram 🙂


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