Dressing for a Business Gala Event
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|Thu, 04-28-2005 - 7:54pm|
I have been invited to go to a Gala for my boyfriends work. I don't know much about it except it is being held at the business location, there will be approx. 500 people (employees, clients, the Governor), the company is a .com company. My boyfriend just started at the company last week. He said they were told to dress 'Chic' (for guys that apparently means no suits or khaki's - slacks and a shirt). He needs to go shopping too as he only owns 1 suit (for weddings) and 2 pair of khaki's for work -- and all short sleeved polo shirts.
OK, I am just shy of 35 and not very fashionable (unless a friend has donated me anything newer than 3 years old). I have some long printed skirts and business slacks and mostly wear sweaters. My boyfriend is (almost :) 29 and says he is the oldest person in his department ... he just went and bought some cargo pants to fit in at work (??? I feel old and out of touch).
He thought a cocktail dress would be too dressy. The only pantsuits I have are a few sizes too big and my dressier dress would be too formal as they are long. I don't know what is in style, 'chic', and I don't want to feel out dated.
Do I wear slacks, skirt or a dress? Should I stick with black (I have auburn hair so I don't usually wear colors except blue or green)? What length and style (shoulders not showing)?
Another debate I have with my boyfriend is hair style when dressing up. I prefer to wear my hair up, usually in a twist, if I am dressing up. He thinks it doesn't matter and I should wear it down (my hair isn't exactly 'chic' either). My hair is reddish -- curly (or slightly frizzy) and a few inches below my shoulders. Any opinions? (Besides cutting it :) I did have it short and stylish 2 years ago but everyone said I looked like my mom and said it didn't look like 'me' (and this boyfriend likes longer hair)).
I'm already self-conscious of our age difference as his friends are in their 20s and mine are mostly in their late 30s/early 40s. Now him working with even younger people has me feeling more paranoid about looking old and out-dated.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! (Sorry this is long - I've never posted or really been to a message board before).