Sunday, August 03, 2008

Not Dressed Up with Somewhere to Go

Help! Easy and I have been asked to attend the Apex Awards for Project Excellence (it's a construction awards thing) with his company and I have absolutely nothing to wear! The event is at the Hobby Center for Performing Arts and the invite says it is "Black Tie Optional." Umm..............yeah, I got nothing.

I have a few dresses in my closet that would probably do - if they fit. See, since I started having kids we haven't done anything requiring fancy attire so all my dresses are size pre-pregnant. Well, that's not entirely true. I have the dress that I wore in my brother's wedding. Unfrotunately, it doesn't fit either - it's too big!!!

Not only do I have no dress, I have no budget. As I'm wirting this I'm realizing I might be able to have that dress from Matt's wedding taken in so I could wear it. Anyone have a preferred alteration place? Or, anyone have a suggestion on what qualifies as proper attire for an event like this? I know there's a cocktail reception and then the actual awards ceremony. And of course if you have a dress that you think would be perfect and fit me....anyone up for letting me borrow something?

The event is on the 21st, so if you read this and have any suggestions, please let me know!


Matt, Kara, and Hank (plus Teej) said...

I am certainly no fashion expert, but I think for ladies "black tie optional" essentially means either cocktail (pants suits or tee-length dresses) or evening wear (floor-length dresses). My office Christmas parties are "black tie optional." I see ladies in a wide range of attire there, from fancy pants suits to beaded gowns. I do think you would feel properly dressed at your event in a taken-in version of the dress you wore in our wedding. Maybe add a nice wrap? I have one or two that could work with it and you are welcome to borrow one.

Perks said...

I have an alterations lady that I use that is really reasonable (or at least she has been when I've used her). Email me if you want her name. She's in CS. I bet she would give you an estimate.

Nellie's Nuggets said...

See if you can get an estimate on having the dress altered and let me know. :)

Kate said...


Hope the event was wonderful - I'm sure you looked stunningly beautiful as always!