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Black tie do at House of Commons... long dress or cocktail dress?
Thank you! Quite fancy wearing long if I can find something long enough! Am 5’9” and find that quite often they’re swinging at just above ankle which is not a good look. Fancy a red dress too! Have never had a red dress
Black tie has included short dresses for a long time - my 1981 Debrett's explicitly states as much. It will depend on the event, to some extent. A drinks reception is likely to be less formal than a dinner, for example.
You might be surprised at what you can get in full length. I'm 6' and often wonder how shorter women manage because full-length dresses are often plenty long enough for me.
I would agree with Ktown especially if the event is business related. I go to a fair number of these events through work and a lot of the women come straight from work so tend to change in office, making full on ball gowns a bit impractical. Mind you, nothing wrong at all with standing out and going all out! I love a bit of bling!
I've gone for a shorter length dress in the past. Mainly for practical reasons as events have been in the evening and I've been catching the tube in from work. I wouldn't fancy an evening gown's chances on the District Line from Dagenham. Also, the black tie events there have been for more 'professional' reasons and I felt more in role in a short, smart dress. I've found some nice dresses in Hobbs ( the outlet shop).
Just a thought, but midi length is very in at the moment. A midi length cocktail dress could look really good.