One of the strangest/most fun memories of my time in D.C. is going to the 2008 Inaugural Ball with my old Boss and some of my co-workers. We wound up at a Rihanna concert hosted–just us, our Boss and T.I. in the VIP area. Very surreal–a real it could only happen in D.C. moment.
I’m not headed to the Inaugural festivities this year, but if you are here are a couple of tips for buying an evening gown:
1. Unless you find a gown you REALLY love in black, don’t buy black. Dare to stand out.
2. Choose the shape first. If it fits you perfectly and flatters your figure–unless it’s the color of baby vomit–nothing else matters, and you’ll look lovely.
3. If you have less than $200 to spend, you should consider a) finding a designer gown on sale, b) heading to a consignment shop looking for a deal or c) renting one before you buy. You don’t want to waste hard earned money on something that will spend most of its life in the back of your closet unless you truly love it.
4. If I can see more than 3/4 of an inch of heel, your dress is too short. Every Inaugural, I see women in dresses up to their ankles, it’s not a good look.
Now, since I have chiffon on the brain, let’s exorcise the tulle and look at some gowns.
Want to rent? This structural, modern Halston would be at the top of my list. This wine-colored one shoulder is $75. If relaxed, easy glamour is your thing, try this printed dress. And if you need drama in the back, this dress is the ticket.