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Are floor length dresses appropriate for the Inaugural Balls?

Inaugural Balls are held around the Washington DC and Virginia area and many of them have tickets available for the public through their House and/or Senate representatives. Many of the balls are specific to a state and thus they have a theme. In addition two official balls are planned, that are invitation only, plus one to…

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What color heels & legwear should I wear to a fraternity party? It’s a formal, in New Orleans in January. I plan to wear a semi-tight, red short dress. I think the weather is going to be in the 70’s

A fraternity party in New Orleans in January sounds like a of lot fun!  Formal fraternity parties happen twice a year, winter and spring. Fraternity formals are not as formal as sorority formals, so your short red dress should be perfect. You have a number of shoe style and legwear options. One idea would be…

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What color & style of shoe should be worn to an Inaugural Ball? I am going to the All American Inaugural Ball. My gown is a pewter color.

An Inaugural Ball happens every four years. The Great American Inaugural Ball celebrates America’s Armed Forces and their military charities on January 20, 2017. It sounds like a great party with non-stop entertainment, dancing and delicious food. A pewter color formal gown sounds beautiful. Since your dress is a gown, floor length, not much of your…

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What can I wear to the Nutcracker ballet?

The Nutcracker Ballet is a holiday classic.  Hundreds of Nutcracker ballets now dominate America’s Decembers. Act One centers on a little girl named Marie, who through the conjuring of her godfather, Herr Drosselmeier, encounters a nutcracker doll who becomes a prince, a Christmas tree that grows like Jack’s beanstalk, toy soldiers battling mice, and a…

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Can I wear a lace dress to a bridal shower / wine tasting? The shower is being held in Wisconsin in mid August. I am the Mother of the Groom & I plan to wear nude patent sandals, diamond tennis bracelet & studs.

A bridal shower / wine tasting sounds like a fun theme for a party. If this event is being held in the evening and in a venue such as a restaurant, club or something similar a lace dress could be appropriate. A lace dress is dressy and makes a statement. Nude patent sandals and diamond…

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What should I bring to wear at the French Open in Paris?

The French Open in Paris is an awesome event. How lucky you are to be going to watch great tennis but visit Paris at the same time. Think casual chic and check the weather before you pack. Weather can vary in June.  On average it can be 60 degrees to 75 degrees so you need…

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What shoes & accessories to wear to a high school graduation? My daughter is graduating in June from HS as Valedictorian. I am a light skinned African female. My dress is a tea length one shoulder fuchsia with tulle. I want to stand out.

Congratulations on your daughters graduation from high school and being selected as Valedictorian! You must be extremely proud. Your tea length, one shoulder, fuchsia color dress with tulle sounds awesome. However it seems a little bit dressy for a high school graduation. The focus and attention should be on your daughter. This is a very…

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