Black tie do - can I wear knee length dress?

(20 Posts)
pinksomething Sat 24-Nov-12 23:58:12

I have a black lace dress, high neck, knee length - all lined and 3/4 sleeves. Is this posh enough for a black tie ball or do I need to beg/borrow/cadge something full length?
Thank you!

VivaLeBeaver Sat 24-Nov-12 23:59:33

I'd have said full length.

pinksomething Sun 25-Nov-12 00:02:54

www.neimanmarcus.com/products/mx/NMT5ED5_mx.jpg
This kind of thing but to the knee and the neckline is straight not scalloped.
(I hope the link works - I haven't tried it on my phone before!)

kaumana Sun 25-Nov-12 00:05:52

No, though beautiful, look for a full length dress.

Should be fine as 'black tie' is effectively cocktail dress, but some people choose to wear full-length. Now if it was white tie, that would be a different matter.

CointreauVersial Sun 25-Nov-12 00:06:58

Would be fine for a black tie do, but the word "ball" implies something long.

thenightsky Sun 25-Nov-12 00:09:52

Ball = full length.

kaumana Sun 25-Nov-12 00:11:59

I went with the fact she said black tie ball otherwise I would say the same.

Interesting on the consensus for the 'ball' bit - I go to a few most years and, for black tie, there's definitely the full gamut from bit too short to floor-sweeping gowns in attendance.

Thinking about it however, if it's somewhere conservative (e.g. military) then floor-length is probably the safer option.

pinksomething Sun 25-Nov-12 00:28:25

Right I guess I'd better get something long! It's a charity ball and it's for DH's work. I don't know anyone else so best stick with long - I don't want to be remembered as the one who got it wrong!!

VestaCurry Sun 25-Nov-12 00:29:55

Floor length if a ball (I've never bought, always hired because I don't get invited to tons of balls, they're always on before the bloody sales are on and I can find something great to hire without spending a sodding fortune).

kaumana Sun 25-Nov-12 00:32:36

Ball = long dress. You will look stunning so go for it.

pinksomething Sun 25-Nov-12 00:41:54

Thanks for the advice everyone. My friend has offered for me to try some she has from mess dinner days. I will definitely borrow if I can!

VivaLeBeaver Sun 25-Nov-12 09:57:44

Tk maxx often has cheap full length dresses as well.

AlwaysWantingMore Sun 25-Nov-12 11:12:07

I was at a black tie ball last night with 600 attendees and there was a mix of long and knee length so I wouldn't worry too much as long as the dress is fairly formal.

Ephiny Sun 25-Nov-12 11:24:24

I think you could probably get away with knee-length, though the dress you linked looks a bit informal to me. Maybe just because it's so short on that model though!

gymboywalton Sun 25-Nov-12 11:27:40

went to a black toe ball last night too and here were long dresses, knee length dresses and thigh skimmers.
i don't think it makes much odds really.

DameEnidsOrange Sun 25-Nov-12 13:00:07

Last black tie ball I went to was a real mixture, and your dress would have fitted in perfectly.

Teeb Sun 25-Nov-12 13:18:46

I really like the dress you've linked to, but it's the kind of thing I see people wearing to clubs/bars these days rather than black tie balls.

ItsALongWayToPickAWilly Sun 25-Nov-12 13:52:27

The last black tie ball I went to there was loads of women who looked like they were at an office party or something! Definitely not wearing full on gowns anyway.

I went with a very smart knee length dress and didn't look out of place.
The dress you've linked to is lovely but needs jazzing up IMO

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