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Q&A- Black Tie Formal for Petites

I received the following question-
I have a convention to attend in California in September with an evening gala.  I was told it is black tie and I will need a dress.  Can you help?  What are the rules?
Thank you for your question!
Black tie can be a dreaded word if you are unfamiliar with the event.  With evolving dress codes (what two people consider business casual can differ greatly), these words can get really tricky. Here’s my decoding:
1)  Black tie is dressy.  It does not mean a sundress in cotton.  It means a formal.
2)  Black tie is dressier than business casual.  Guys need to wear jackets and leave the khakis for another day.  So wear something nicer than a typical jersey work dress.
3)  Black tie is not as dressy as white tie.  White tie means a gown- like you’re headed to the Oscars. Black tie usually means “cocktail” dresses.  Differ to Pretty Woman- she wears the lacy black short dress to meet for drinks.  She wears the red ballgown to the opera.  That’s the difference.
I hope that helps clear up that what black tie means.
Now, knowing that you are on the petite side, I picked a few looks that will accentuate your figure. Petites look great in shorter dresses, showing a little bit of leg will elongate your stature.
Look number one is figure flattering and the color will be an attention-getter.  Red dresses do not need red heels.  Find either a nude heel or a leopard print.  Don’t forget to leave the giant mom bag at home!  Bring a clutch.  Great places to find them are thrift stores, especially if you’ll use it once a year.
The second look is a safe bet.  Black almost always looks more expensive and is something that can be worn to many different occasions.  Simple accessories let the dress stand out but a fun pair of heels can really add a sophisticated element to the LBD.  Black heels would be pretty boring.
The last look is riskier.  A fun color like this light green is ladylike in lace.  Pair it with other ladylike accessories such as pearls.  I paired it with a mint heel in the same color family.  This dress would also look great with silver metallic heels.
I hope this helps!  And you have a great time!

Black Tie Formal for Petites

Black Tie Formal for Petites by stylefromthesticks featuring party dresses

Wallis black dress

AX Paris party dress
$61 –

A Wear wrap dress
$53 –

Black sandals
$38 –

Charlotte Olympia pouch purse
$1,060 –

Evening clutch

Pearl necklace
$32 –

Betsey johnson jewelry

Rock N Rose vintage ring
$27 –

Forever New tear drop earrings
$16 –

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #25

I can’t believe there are five more days of my Polyvore to Real Life series.  How did these 30 days pass so quickly?  Well, that’s summer for you!
This outfit here was another grab something and go outfit.  I’m sure none of you know how that feels.  🙂  And that’s real life!

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #25
Here’s the real life version-

Summer Style- From Polyvore to Real Life #25 by stylefromthesticks featuring skinny jeans

What to Wear with Patterned Pants

Most of us don’t even get brave enough to purchase these, but they are a big trend.  And really a fun way to freshen up your wardrobe.
Here’s proof that you won’t look back at the pictures of you in patterned pants and wonder what you were thinking-

Jayne Mansfield circa 1960

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Classics will always stand the test of time!

What to Wear with Patterned Pants

What to Wear with Patterned Pants by stylefromthesticks featuring forever 21 tops

Black striped shirt

Forever 21 top

AX Paris zipper jacket
$49 –

H&M patterned pants
$65 –

Taupe booties

H&m shoes
$24 –

Floral scarve

H M clear eyeglass
$9.76 –

Bible School

When little girls come to church bearing flowers for you (picked weeds), then you’ll know that Bible school has its own sweet rewards.
So if you’re helping or planning on helping with the children at your church this summer, here’s your uniform- comfy maxi dress (check), sparkly accessories that will mesmerize little girls (check), bright colors so they won’t lose you from games to crafts (check).
Knowing they are learning while you share God’s love= worth it all.

Bible School

Bible School by stylefromthesticks featuring wedge shoes

AX Paris strapless dress
£30 –

Forever 21 wedge shoes
$25 –

Jane Norman oversized handbag
£18 –

Monsoon bracelet
$35 –

Wallis rhinestone earrings
$7 –