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To wear this to an event which says "Evening Dress"

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happycrimblechuckie Tue 14-Jan-14 12:07:36

Hopefully that works to a link to an outfit from next
I have it in black.

TeacupDrama Wed 15-Jan-14 10:02:33

I think it is formal but not evening dress which i think is cocktail dress I do not like the outfit anyway so probably biased but i think it is a party dress not evening dress

black tie is tuxedo for men and full length dresses for women

white tie is tuxedo with white accessoires and full length ball gowns for women with white gloves bling, honours and medals worn twends to be only state banquets and very upmarket formal events

deXavia Wed 15-Jan-14 10:02:43

Looking at it another way - are you a regular at the "golf club" or a newbie still creating an impression or guest of a regular? Do you care about anyone's opinion? And is its a stuffy " golf club"
If your an established member or its a more chilled place I reckon you can be more daring with your choice. If you are a guest, needing to impress or it's a stuffy traditional type place I would say be more conservative.
As for that specific jumpsuit personally I'd prefer it if it was more flared/palazzo style leg, would seem more 'dressy' to me. And agree with the statement shoes but think a statement necklace would be too busy front and back - simple long chain/pendant like some one mentioned up thread would be the way to go.

EnianShelZman Wed 15-Jan-14 10:16:53

Sorry it looks a bit tacky to me. I would feel very self conscious in a room full of women in pretty dresses wearing this thing.

sunshinemmum Wed 15-Jan-14 13:24:34

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WranglerCord Wed 15-Jan-14 14:28:20

Teacup, I would disagree. Black tie used to mean full length dresses for women, but I would suggest most black tie events now will be populated by women in cocktail dresses. I was at an event recently and not one single woman was in a full length dress - and they were mostly over 50 so it's not really an age thing. It depends on the event, especially whether there is dancing and the general 'poshness' of the venue etc.

ohhifruit Wed 15-Jan-14 14:32:17

I think many invitations include 'formal wear' without really knowing what it means.
The jumpsuit
A works cocktail party? Maybe but even then I'd err on the side of caution and wear a dress.
Gala/opening/etc. No, no way.
A ball? NO. Full out no.

It would be fine for Saturday down the pub/hen night not for formal wear.

PiperRose Wed 15-Jan-14 19:01:25

Bloody hell, judgemental much???.

Logg1e Wed 15-Jan-14 19:21:20

Lovely outfit, but I wouldn't wear trousers for "evening dress".

I'm surprised at people saying "Not Next".

Giles what are "duck sides"??

Ifancyashandy Wed 15-Jan-14 19:25:07

The bow on that is very very horrid. It looks like it was found on Kat Slaters market stall. And for that reason, no, it is not suitable for a black tie / formal event.

Gileswithachainsaw Wed 15-Jan-14 19:29:57


They are when the legs are all really baggy at the waist and thigh. Making someone look a lot wider than they actually are grin

Like clown trousers I suppose

dontcallmemam Wed 15-Jan-14 19:36:56

I wonder if you might feel uncomfortable if everyone else is dressed up to the nines? Evening dress to me means fancy cocktail dress or even a long frock with the men in Black Tie.
I'd think you were making a statement of some sort.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Wed 15-Jan-14 20:14:59

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appletarts Wed 15-Jan-14 20:23:02

You need a dress

BackforGood Wed 15-Jan-14 20:37:55

No - if it says "Evening Dress" on the invitation, then that isn't appropriate IMO.
If you are stick thin and confident, you could get away with it for a party of something, but it's not formal enough for an event which has asked you to adhere to a dress code.

TheGinLushMinion Wed 15-Jan-14 20:56:28

I wouldn't wear it to an occasion with that description, it's just too ordinary from the front-it's a bit of a day into night outfit for me.

VoldysGoneMouldy Wed 15-Jan-14 21:08:06

Not for an event saying ''Evening dress'', no. It's fine for a party or going out for dinner, but not for a formal event. If you don't like wearing dresses, then smart trousers with killer shoes, a good blouse and jacket. But not a jumpsuit.

scantilymad Wed 15-Jan-14 21:09:25

I would wear the jumpsuit (figure permitting) for drinks with the girls but I'm not sure it will cut it for "evening dress". I agree with previous posters who have suggested cocktail style dresses. "Evening wear" is just a smarter version of what you might wear in the day (when women wore dresses all the time!) so don't go full length. I'd also jump at the chance to dress up and wear something with a skirt rather than something with trousers, but that's only because I spend my life in jeans!
Also, would you get much wear from the jumpsuit? It's quite a statement piece - are there many other places you think you might wear it? It doesn't seem like an "investment" piece.
Maybe try Damsel in a Dress? They do some lovely dresses.

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