Happy Monday, everyone! Welcome to our discussion of the description semi-formal today for women over 50.
Typically when I receive an invitation which specifies semi-formal for dress, cold runs through my veins.
I rarely feel confident when I go to such an event as a curvy lady over 50….not to mention with funky feet!
Like most everything, semi-formal today means something different as it did pre-pandemic.
In the past, “semi-formal” often indicated for women a cocktail-type dress with kitten to high heels.
However, semi-formal today has taken on more of a casual chic meaning. It is a fine line between casual and formal wear that can be easily reached by women over 50.
And let me say to all of you, it is not a major faux pas to wear pants to semi-formal events.
Of course, it you can wear a lovely dress with confidence…do it! But, there are many of us, who don’t.
SHOPPING MY SEMI-FORMAL TODAY AT CHICO’S
One of the ways I speak my creative adjective is with special pieces.
So, when I was invited to a very important dinner event which said semi-formal, I decided to head over to my favorite place for special pieces….Chico’s.
Chico’s has been a favorite for over thirty years and a store where I usually find special garments and accessories.
I took Leigh Ann with me and that proved to be very valuable in the final selection.
First, I showed her this Spring Paradise Duster.
We thought it was a beautiful piece, but not quite special enough.
Next, I was drawn to the gold sequins on the neck of this Embellished Zebra Tunic…which is on sale at a great price.
I did not feel confident in this one…it was not the flattering design on me I was seeking. But is a beautiful tunic.
I really love this dress…and should’ve sized down….but it did not speak semi-formal today to me.
This is the Tiered Sandwash Maxi Dress in envy green (a Chico’s color I am really into right now!)
The dress I would consider most for an addition to my closet wasn’t in store.
It is the Tiered Paisley Maxi Dress in Pineapple.
MY SEMI-FORMAL TODAY
When I put on this Paradise Lily Embellished Poncho, I immediately thought this might work.
However, I only envisioned it with white skinny pants, since I feel like I look best in more fitted legs.
Then Leigh Ann showed up at the dressing room with these Wide Leg Linen Pants.
I looked at her with doubt and said….linen for semi-formal?….me in wide leg pants???
She said…feel this linen, look at it…now try them on! She was right…I liked it…it is a flowy look and not fitted, but I really liked it.
This linen is like silk…they are lovely and feel amazing.
And, the entire look spoke my adjectives of Joyful, Polished, Creative, Current, and Approachable. All messages I desired to send at this event.
This is my kind of semi-formal today.
With the bling around the neckline of the collar, I only added this bracelet with bling I have owned for a long time.
I wore my gold sparkly flats….funky feet haven’t done heels in years.
I felt very confident in this look and I will be showing you more ways to style these pants.
SEMI-FORMAL TODAY FOR SPECIAL EVENTS
This semi-formal event was a dinner with former students, colleagues, families, and dear friends from the school where I worked for over 20 years and all my children attended K-12.
It was important to me to look my best, and now that it is past, I am glad for the selection I made.
Semi-formal today for the men included a tie for the majority. For the women, it was definitely casual-chic.
There were more casual style dresses with heels; and many in beautiful neutrals with stunning jewelry.
I did not see many pant outfits, but that is OK with me…I was being true to myself.
I love this place and these people so much. I am pictured here with my best friend in the world, Gail.
She was often on the blog in the early days and she was the one who talked me into blogging in the first place.
Then she moved to Dallas…far away… and a part of me went with her. I love any time I get with her.
I have finally reached a point where I do not dress soley for the approval of others, but rather for me.
Confidence for me comes from my style adjectives and from my colors…not about adhering to old rules of what semi-formal might be!
Confidence is critical when we attend an important event and helps us to shine our brightest.
The five style adjectives to help me speak what I want to with my clothing are so vitally important for me.
I will be featuring reader style adjectives again very soon!
MORE FROM CHICO’S
Chico’s has many beautiful pieces which will work for semi-formal today.
Check out the NEW ARRIVALS.
GIVEAWAY REMINDER WITH CHICO’S NECKLACE
Yesterday, I announced a Mother’s Day Giveaway of this wonderful Chico’s necklace…currently sold out!
I love mine so much that I purchased one to giveaway to one of the mothers/grandmothers in this audience.
Just go to the GIVEAWAY POST, and put your name in the hat!
I also want to note how much I appreciated the sweet comments with the giveaway entries yesterday…they made my day!!
So, please join in, how do you define SEMI-FORMAL Today? What do you immediately do when planning for a semi-formal event? Please join in and make sure that today you will…..
By Pamela Lutrell
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