Christmas Wedding Wear Over 50: All Sparkle Allowed!

Our celebratory weekend in downtown San Antonio was amazing, and I will share some additional images with you later.  But, today I would like to spend time on the beautiful wedding we attended on Saturday evening with the reception at the elegant ST.ANTHONY’S HOTEL.

I confess…the minute I receive an invitation which suggests everyone wear Black Tie or Evening Attire, I get a bit nervous.  I did not own an evening dress when we were invited.  But, this was a wedding involving dear friends…so I had to come up with something for the event. 

The location and event dictated a special dress.  Why do I get nervous?  Because it is a task to find an evening gown which is affordable and flattering for a curvy figure.  So, I headed off to DILLARDS.  At one point, I had about thirty dresses in the dressing room.  One dress was $900 but I wanted to see if there was a huge difference in price points. There really wasn’t.  However, for a dress I would rarely wear, it needed to be as reasonable as possible.

This dress by JESSICA HOWARD was my choice!  I selected it for these reasons:

1.  The emerald green color is one I wear well.  It caught my eye immediately.
2.  The sleeve length was flattering.
3.  The tie hit at the smallest part of me helping the dress to be more flattering on my figure. It fit tight, but to go up a size, I believe, would have made me look larger.
4.  The sequined top was just enough.  I could’ve added a necklace, but I felt the sparkle was just right. The taffeta skirt was fun and the length perfect for a gold pointed toe flat to peep out from underneath. 

My nails were Christmas red and I kept my hair as I usually wear it.  I do not feel confident in a updo…so I went with simple. Many of my friends wore hair half up and half down.

It was an elegant night and I felt very confident in my dress.  It met my expectations and helped me to enjoy the evening.  What criteria do you have when shopping for an evening gown?  Are you comfortable wearing a little sparkle and shine?
This is a crazy week and for the first time we have seasonal cold weather all the way to South Texas!  We are taking a little holiday break from HIT YOUR STYLE SWEET SPOT, and hope to return with a refreshing new take on it.  Jennifer and I both want to thank you for your support of this weekly collaboration…it has been fun to produce and we hope to keep it going for a long time.
Stay Warm, everyone!

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  1. You look lovely in that gown. The emerald color is beautiful, can't go wrong with jewel colors when you have dark hair. I love to get dressed up for formal events, though very rarely have the occasion to! I'd be out buying an elegant gown with a little sparkle just like you did! Perfect choice!

  2. You look absolutely gorgeous! Just the right amount of sparkle, great arm coverage, perfect fit, very flattering color and shape! You scored! I wish we had a Dillards in the SF area….

    1. Dillards is my go-to store now…they are online. I had a reader in LA order one garment I featured on the blog from the Dillards site and she was so happy to have it! They hit just the right price points and styles for me. Thanks for the kind words as well!

  3. What a beautiful, gorgeous dress and you look just stunning! I do agree that formal, "party" dresses are very difficult: the price point, of course, but also so many are so bare either at neckline and/or arms. I've always liked more coverage (even before I needed it!) and this dress is just perfect. Merry Christmas, Pam, and enjoy your break.

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