This week, the benefits of preparing for special events became evident. Unfortunately, the formal invitations following the save-the-date card failed to arrive in the mail for our friend’s induction into the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame. Instead, the day before the event, urgent emails came via his secretary to confirm the black-tie optional dress code for the event. At other times in my life, this situation would have brought on a panic attack and emergency shopping.
A black-tie optional dress code offers a couple of formal options. Men are requested to wear a tuxedo but can opt for a dark suit. In addition, women can choose a traditional evening gown, a shorter cocktail dress, or dressy separates.
I considered a few options, but a black slip dress, a fitted tweed blazer, and black heels won out.
I opt for small crystal stud earrings when I wear a bold necklace such as this (several years old) pearl and silver medallion one. Finally, my skincare routine is here. My current makeup routine is here, but I wear a bold red lipstick and a bit more gray eyeshadow for evening.
An alternate possibility included a white/lurex detail moto-jacket, which seemed to wash me out. I opted for the black tweed jacket instead since it is more elegant.
A similar slip dress is here and here. The heels are here. The black jacket is here. A similar white jacket is here. The sheer pantyhose are here. A similar clutch is here.
Of course, Mr. Mickey had all the elements he needed to dress appropriately for the evening. We enjoyed catching up with friends we hadn’t seen in a while. Congratulations to Claudia Byrd and Joe LaPorte, III, on your induction into the 2023 Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame.
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