CPP #17 The Lady’s Guide to Choosing Appropriate Formal Wear

black tie formal wear

Last week The Beau and I attended the Cherry Blossom Ball, here in DC. Looking around at all the beautiful ball gowns and black-tie tuxedos, I couldn’t help but be inspired to share some reminders for the ladies on appropriate formal wear. Most black-tie questions tend to be around appropriate suits for the men–but what about us ladies?! If there is one tip I can share it’s that just because a dress is available and labeled as formal, does not mean it’s appropriate for all formal occasions. Listen to today’s episode of The Clean & Proper Podcast and you’ll see what I mean!

In this particular episode, you will learn:

  • How to appropriately balance thoseĀ plunging necklines, skimpy dresses or platform heels.
  • What is the appropriate formal gown for a military ball or embassy event?
  • When can you get away with a formal gown that is less formal?
  • Is it ok to wear cutout dresses if still floor-length?
  • Do cocktail dresses have to be knee-length?




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