How about we look at some pretty party dresses?

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I like everything about this, from the kind of Grecian drapiness to the golden hue to the playful bit of fringe at the hem.

Another slightly metallic choice with a really nice bit of twisty business going on at the neckline.

A well-priced velvet dress in my color-of-the-moment, mustard yellow.

Tonal leopard print and a gloriously streamlined cocoon-ish shape: perfection.

You can’t go wrong with velvet and lace: so sweetly feminine.

 

A simple wrap dress like this would be aces with a statement-y necklace.

I like the smocking here, and the cool square neckline.

 

Another velvet dress with a cute, retroish silhouette.

A metallic chevron print is loud in a good way.

I do not especially like bustiers or tiered skirts and this dress has both of those things, but I still find myself drawn to it, perhaps because of the boss star print.

What do they call skirts that flounce out like this at the hem? Sometimes I wish I’d hung on to my Fairchild Dictionary of Fashion after I left Lucky. In any case, I usually don’t love that either, but everything else here is so clean-lined that it works.

This, I believe, is what they call a tulip hem, and I think it’s very pretty.

 

I believe that this rhinestone-studded number could pass as black-tie attire.

This dress has a certain hippie-goth vibe that I admire.

 

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8 Thoughts on How about we look at some pretty party dresses?
    Joannawnyc
    27 Nov 2018
    11:00am

    I don’t know what they call those skirts, either, but I do know what creates the flounce: godets! Wait, maybe it’s a trumpet skirt?
    I think my middle school fancy dance dress (the red & green ball? I can’t remember) was EXTREMELY similar to the Reformation dress, only in a green and purple floral print.

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    LG
    27 Nov 2018
    12:05pm

    Re: “What do they call skirts that flounce out like this at the hem? Sometimes I wish I’d hung on to my Fairchild Dictionary of Fashion after I left Lucky. In any case, I usually don’t love that either, but everything else here is so clean-lined that it works.”

    Trumpet skirt!

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    mlinky
    27 Nov 2018
    3:07pm

    Yep, trumpet skirt.

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    Eloise
    27 Nov 2018
    3:27pm

    The Cleobella Emerson dress (the last one) is screaming my name except that I’ve nowhere to wear it. Sigh. Gorgeous (or at least, “very me!”).

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    Gablesgirl
    27 Nov 2018
    7:22pm

    Ooohh I love party dresses! Kim thought of you today…I went to a lunch today where Tibi founder Amy Smilovic was the speaker. She was down to earth and really lovely.

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    Suzanne
    28 Nov 2018
    1:15am

    I’ve noticed all theses models in sandals have nude nail shades. It seems to a trend still be carrying over from the summer. No vampy shades for the holidays? Just wondering before getting a party pedicure…

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      Cola
      28 Nov 2018
      7:38am

      Oohhh! How about a nail polish round up?

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    Heather
    28 Nov 2018
    8:38am

    The black wrap dress is super cute. It’s 14 degrees where I live now, with a wind chill of 2. I want to be somwhere where I can where that dress.

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