Thursday, February 12, 2009

Formal vs Casual

I am going to an event tonight at the Westcliff Hotel. The dress code says: Formal.

Dress codes make me nervous because no one ever seems to oblige or obey.

I am very aware that "formal" (in my dictionary) means evening dress and suits for the guys, however, I have been to formal events before in an evening gown and people have been in cocktail dresses or worse, black pants and a smart top. That for me, is semi casual or cocktail attire.I have also rocked up at a "formal" event (having learnt from the above mentioned) in a cocktail dress and people were in evening gowns and ball gowns. Ball gowns.
These days Formal means weird and wonderful things to different people. I have a long black dress with a little diamante detail... I just hope people dress up as well, otherwise I'll just have to target the champagne table in my gown.

What are the chances that I have two formal functions to go to? Apparently good, except I actually do know what to wear on Saturday...it's a Valentines Ball.

I went to JJ Schoeman (a hot SA designer) who is giving me a dress to wear (and return) for Saturday. I have a broad back so zips in that area are always a bit of a mission (as in I need to go up a size. Yay for me.) Designers design for size 0 Fashion Hangers aka Models ; not for the normal woman.Well, I found a dress, after chiffon and silk was thrown around and it is flattering. Alright, honestly I sucked everything in within a cm of my life and was too nervous to exhale, but I did after looking like a smurf and nothing ripped. Phew.

I'll report back tomorrow!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

awww cool you get to dress up! if you're in an evening gown and other ppl are in cocktail dresses dont worry, coz you know you looking good and it did say "formal" so no need to feel out of place!

The Blonde Blogshell said...

Anon - that's a great way to look at it! Awww -thank you :-)

Being Brazen said...

have a great night - dress up and enjoy!!!

The Blonde Blogshell said...

I intend to BB -you're a doll! Thanks x

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mylifescape said...

FUN! sounds like a wonderful night, and just what you need too! I used to be neighbours with JJ when i first moved to Joburg.. he's such a stunning designer and such a great person too! Can't wait to hear the news!

Tamara said...

I so know what you mean!

I LOVE dressing formal, but always end up sitting at a table of people who take the word to mean "dark jeans and a glittery top". To me that's not formal!

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