A formal dinner “says dressy.” However since it is a private professional school advancement ceremony it also says “business attire.” Check if there is a dress code before you make a decision of what to wear. A stylish suit would probably be appropriate. Or you can wear a velvet blazer or suit jacket and matching color silk skirt (mid knee or floor length) or pants. Wear pump style shoes with your outfit. You can add interest around your face area with a good hair style, flattering make up and interesting earrings and or necklace.
Heel Heights and Hemlines for Business
I can’t remember when there have been so many choices in shoe styles and hem lengths. It seems like anything goes! But not for business attire!
Power Scarves for Professional Women
There is nothing better or more luxurious in the scarf category than a Hermès silk scarf. This accessory (at least one) is a must have in the professional woman’s wardrobe. Their scarves have beautiful designs and can add color to a basic suit or dress that says power and authority in a quiet way.