Usually women wear cocktail dresses to semi formal events (A LBD is perfect!) and men wear dark color suits. Stylish pantsuits or dress suits in dressy fabrics like silk, velvet, or satin, etc. are also appropriate. Tasteful semi formal clothing is conservative, and does not expose too much leg or cleavage. Dresses or skirts should come to mid knee but no higher than 1″-2″ above the knees. Tea length dresses or (calf length) skirts paired with dressy tops can be appropriate, but floor-length gowns are usually considered too formal. (Exceptions might be a maxi dress to a garden party or resort.) Strapless tops or dresses can be acceptable choices for some semi-formal events provided that they aren’t too skimpy. Avoid strapless dresses for business functions. Heels or dressy sandals that coordinate with your outfit are appropriate.
What is A Good Investment in Clothing?
We have a tradition in our family. We go to a movie every day during the holiday season from December 25th right through to New Year’s Day. It’s a fun tradition that I always look forward to. One of my favorite movies was “Up in the Air.” George Clooney plays the main character, an executive, who travels around the country to fire people. He has no life to speak of. He carries all he needs in one wheel-away suitcase.