Sunday, April 12, 2015

...you are attending an engagement party at the Yale Club.

A reader writes: "Just got invited to an old friend's engagement party at the Yale Club in NYC (in May). Black cocktail dress seems so easy, but as a conservative, dare I think outside the box?"

Yes!  And we'd love to help you.

First, the venue.  The Yale Club is no longer a stuffy old men's club.
Image from yaleclubnyc.org.
It has come miles from its founding over 100 years ago.  With a recent multi-million dollar renovation, the Yale Club of NYC is rocking its dignified neoclassical design in 22 stories of guest rooms, ballrooms, restaurants and modern service and amenities.
Image from yaleclubnyc.org.
So, we're working with understated elegance.  Timeless design.  Not stuffy.  Got it.

Let's start with this lovely Kay Unger embroidered jacquard dress with pleated skirt.  It's beautifully fitted and our reader would make an elegant entrance to the party.
Image from neimanmarcus.com.
Next up - Teri Jon's gorgeous one-shoulder sheath dress with jewel neckline.  The asymmetric overlay creates a flattering silhouette.  Cap sleeve on the right shoulder with a lovely drape over the left.  Can't you just see our reader tittering over cocktails at the bar overlooking Grand Central Station?
Image from neimanmarcus.com.
I'm not a big fan of patterns, however, I do love texture to create interest when I'm wearing solids.  This Adrianna Papell sheath in orange has a classic fit, but the flowered overlay adds some fun.  It maybe a little too casual/day dress for this event.  
Image from nordstrom.com.
What about this Alex Evening sheath dress?  Blue is my new black these days.  It's much less severe than black and just as elegant.  All you need are diamond studs, a big cocktail ring, silver heels and a killer clutch.  Done and done!
Image from nordstrom.com.
Lace is a popular look again this year and the royal color is stunning on this Adrianna Papell dress.  Add some sparkly earrings, a complementary bracelet and nude sandals.  And red lips!  The model rocks it with red lips.  Red lips would be totally acceptable at the Yale Club.
Image from nordstrom.com.
Reader, we hope you are inspired; send us some pictures! ~ LB

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