Kellyn asks: We have a company function in May, our annual sales banquet. I don’t know if I am going for sure or not yet (somewhat fruitless since the support staff doesn’t make incentives) but if we decide to go I am at a loss as to what to wear. The “dress code” is Business Attire – black tie/cocktail dress optional. Does that mean I wear my khaki pants? Don’t think so, since EVERYONE talks about outfits for weeks afterwards. Help!
I say: Please, please, PLEASE do not wear khaki pants!!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay, I know you wouldn’t dream of it. I would probably go out and look for a cute dress knee-length dress or a dressy blouse and pencil skirt — something dressier than what I’d wear to church, but nothing too formal. Without knowing your style and body type, or the weather where you are, here are a few options I think are cute.
Would this be too dressy?
This would be totally chic.
Or something like it. Because I’d have to mortgage my house to afford that. I know that you can often find good deals on special occasion dresses at Marshalls or TJMaxx.
Then there is the blouse and skirt or pant option. Perhaps a top like this with dressy black slacks. And I’d trade the scarf for some bling. See the link to the shirt for a photo of it without the scarf.
White House Black Market has a ton of pretty tops that would look great with dressy slacks, depending on your style and taste. Like this and this and this! And there are a plethora of items on sale right now.
If you want to be the star of the show, pick a bold color. But if you’re more like me, and you prefer to keep it understated and, okay, SAFE, then black & white is always a good option.
What do YOU say? Come on, faithful Fashion Friday friends. What should Kellyn wear to look smashing at her annual sales banquet?