A fundraiser is usually a social event to raise money for a charity. A black tie fundraiser is considered formal. Formal for women means floor length skirts or dresses or a cocktail dress (around knee-length). If you want to go for awesome wear a long dress or skirt. However many ladies feel a cocktail dress or a two piece outfit (as pictured) in dressy fabrics looks more modern. You can always wear a little black dress and jazz it up with or a piece of statement jewelry and look spectacular. White or jewel tone dresses such as ruby-red, emerald-green or deep blue are also great colors and are appropriate for formal events. Mid heel height shoes are dressy if they have slender heels. Since you prefer not to wear super high heels be sure to choose feminine style shoes. Avoid chunky heels or heavy-looking shoes. Dressing in good taste means avoiding clothing that is too tight, too short or too low-cut.
What kind of dress do you wear to a formal event?
A black tie affair is considered a formal event. Years ago when you were invited to a black tie or formal event women were expected to wear a floor length gown. Today cocktail dresses are appropriate and considered more modern than long dresses for most black tie affairs / formal events. Exceptions might be a royal black tie affair or Presidential Ball when a floor length is correct. Dressy pants and tops are also appropriate black tie apparel today. If you know the hostess you may discuss what the expected attire is for the event. Choose on what suits you, your legs and your relative age.
What is casual formal wear?
Casual formal wear is comfortable style clothing for formal evening events. The world is becoming more and more casual and now casual style clothing is creeping into evening wear. Women don’t want to feel uncomfortable and are embracing styles such as long tee-shirt style dresses, loose sheaths, and sporty styles for evening wear. Casual formal styles are appearing in fabrics not traditionally associated with formal wear such as stretch fabrics, jerseys, cashmere and cottons. Casual evening wear is worn with flats sandals and large handbags that can carry all the tech savvy modern essentials, smart phones, pads, etc.