Friday, January 19, 2007

Ooh La La Mardi Gras!

Hi SheShe! Our office is putting on a "Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball" in February, and as one of the organizers, I'm super excited. However, we're all wondering what to wear! It's at a country club, but we'll still be sharing the night with co-workers. I guess that means nothing too outrageous, but I'm at a loss. LBD? Dressy suit? The only thing I'm sure of is that my date and I are wearing masks that I picked up in Venice, Italy a few years ago. Help! -- Elizabeth

What fun! And what a fabulous idea. In my expert opinion, any party is an excuse for a great party dress! Since this is a business related event you are absolutely correct in keeping things toned down. Nothing too bare, too revealing, too tight or too sexy. Traditionally, the Mardi Gras Ball is a formal event, which calls for floor length gowns and actual ball gowns; depending on whether your particular ball is going to be formal or semi-formal will determine your attire.

Keep in mind the traditional colors of Mardi Gras, which are purple, green and gold; it might be fun to work with those colors in your dress or accessories.

Most formal gowns are sleeveless, spaghetti strap or strapless, so in keeping with a business event you should wear a sheer cover, bolero or a gorgeous wrap. Stay away from gowns with plunging necklines or excessively bare backs.

If the event is more semi-formal, you have more options. A great party dress in a vibrant color, or a LBD accessorized in the bold hues of Mardi Gras would be fabulous. Another option is a party skirt and festive blouse. Choose footwear that you can dance the night away in. A great midheel strappy sandal or sassy slide is perfect. Have a little fun with the footwear - this would be a great way to sass up the LBD!

1 comment:

Sharon said...

It's always so hard to know where to draw the line with office party attire. I went to an office Christmas party one year and one of my co-workers showed up in a skin tight mini dress with teeter-totter heels. She looked like a cheap tramp, and it completely undermined her progress within the company. She was passed over time and time again for promotion and ended up leaving. It was impossible for management to take her seriously when she dressed inappropriately.