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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 –

Beachcomber Bride

There are those girls who live on the beach, dream about all winter (or live close to it, if you’re so lucky) and there is no other place they’d rather marry.  This post is for you.
The steps to looking like a blushing bride on the beach:
1)  Start with a flowy dress that isn’t extremely restrictive.  It just doesn’t say easy and breezy.  Keep in mind the length.  Will you be in the sand and the surf?  You won’t want a long train getting wet and sandy.
2)  Add some beachy accessories.  I couldn’t help myself with the matchy matchy starfish earrings and sandals.  Not many people will even see your feet and they were adorable.
3)  Now for the veil.  I recommend wearing your hair back when you’re out in the elements.  Flowy hair would be beautiful but what if it is super windy?  Same idea with the veil.  Keep it back just over or underneath your updo and hopefully it won’t be in your face the entire time.
Now you should be set to get your feet wet!

Beachcomber Bride

Beachcomber Bride by stylefromthesticks featuring inc international concepts

The Princess Bride

What little girl doesn’t dream of being a princess for a day?  For those of you that want to live that dream, this dress is for you.  It has all the criteria for princess-ness.  It has sparkle, a big poofy skirt and a sweetheart neckline.  All that is required is some magic shoes and a flowy elbow length veil.
I suddenly have a hankering to watch Cinderella!
This dress is most appropriate in a romantic venue.  A church wedding, a beautiful historical home or… a castle!
Don’t forget your Prince Charming!
The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride by stylefromthesticks featuring betsey johnson pumps

By Malene Birger beaded jewellery
$165 –

J Crew j crew

Graduation Weekend

I thought I’d get this out there a little early in case many of you need to be thinking of what to wear this weekend.
Graduation weekends can be a marathon.  Especially for the family of the graduate.
For travel day, wear something trendy with a fun pair of colored jeans.  Throw on a “look-at-me” pair of shoes and you’ll be set for a long car ride.
When you get there, who knows what all the activities might be- camp fires, helping set up, preparing food, watching kids- having family time.  Wear something that will be very comfortable and versatile.  A maxi skirt and a chambray shirt will help you transition from each task.
And finally for the big ceremony, wear something lightweight with a preppy feel.  You could be sitting for hours, in the hot sun, waiting for your family’s name to be called.  Now is not the time for stiff and weighty fabrics.  Should the weather change, pack a cardigan and coat.
Congratulations to all the graduates!  Hopefully your future is as promising as these outfits.  🙂

Graduation Weekend

Graduation Weekend by stylefromthesticks featuring a cord bracelet

Mango linen dress
$54 –

ONLY denim shirt
$25 –

People Tree print shirt
$69 –

Maxi skirt
$31 –

Relaxed jeans
$31 –

Banana Republic stretch bracelet

Betsey johnson

Cord bracelet

Baublebar jewelry

Going Pickin’

Ladies, sharpen your elbows!  The season for pickin’ is almost here!  Sure we may have snow tomorrow, but we can always take the sleigh.  Springtime is supposed to mean garage sales, barn sales, auctions and junkin.’  Let the games begin!
Dressing for any of these activities means casual wear (who knows what you’ll be loading), layers (who knows what the weather will be next) and a few fun pieces that remind you of the stylish person you are (who knows who you may run into).
The rules for pickin’- leave early, stay late and don’t be afraid to negotiate!

Going Pickin'

Going Pickin’ by stylefromthesticks featuring lace up shoes

Pullover shirt


Converse lace up shoes

L A M B floral ring

Brown shawl

Funeral Wear

I hate to start off a week like this, but I want you to be ready.  Most of us don’t want to ever have to think about going to funerals, but we’ve all been to them.
Here’s the basics.  Have a black dress in your closet that isn’t a cocktail dress and isn’t something you’d wear to the beach.  It’s called a day dress and it should be conservative.
Pair it with nude heels so that the attention stays on the dress and not your feet.  Add in a few simple accessories, understated is key.  And take a jacket.  You never know if you’ll be chilly and most likely you may be visiting a grave site.
I hope none of you have to refer to this post.  But I do want you to be prepared.  Because should it be someone you love, you won’t have much clarity to create an outfit that fits the occasion.  And in your grief, you’ll still want to give them the honor that they deserve.

Funeral Wear

Funeral Wear by stylefromthesticks featuring heart jewelry

Miss selfridge dress

Lipsy patent leather bag
$22 –


Spring Break at Home- Ladies Day Away, Spa Day

So today, let’s focus on having a mom’s day away.  Call up your girlfriends and find a local beauty school and see what services they offer.  If they do pedicures and massages, I’ll bet they are half the cost of a regular appointment elsewhere.  Maybe you’ll get a group rate?  Each of you can get a babysitter for a morning and away you go!  Whatever it takes to rejuvenate yourself.  Hopefully that part of you that thinks this is selfish can just hush. Because there is a lot of good in being able to recharge.  Not everyone can be supermom all the time.  A happy mom= happy kids.
If it absolutely can’t work out that you all can’t go somewhere together, get together at a friend’s home and just have a morning of pampering.
What to wear?  Pack flip flops incase you need them for the pedicure (and a big bag to carry them in).  And wear pants that can easily roll.  And don’t fuss much with jewelry so when you’re lying on that massage bed, you aren’t uncomfortable.
Can’t you just feel that massage now?  Ahh.

Spa Day

Spa Day by stylefromthesticks featuring guess tote

Oasis pocket t shirt
$37 –

Gestuz beaded jacket
$97 –


Guess tote

Spring Break- Tennis Anyone?

Need to get a good workout in?  Grab a racket and pack this little number.  Add in some pops of color and your score won’t be “love” on the court, you’ll be loving the way you look.  Even post workout…

Tennis Anyone?

Tennis Anyone? by stylefromthesticks featuring cross jewelry


Breo sports jewelry
$31 –

Ralph lauren

Christmas Day

Yea!  It’s finally Christmas Day!  I hope you all have someone to share this special day with, have a meal and remember the birth of our Savior.
If you have somewhere to be, wear something with a relaxed vibe but with special touches.  A pair of trousers, a detailed blouse and a few pretty accessories- easy peasy!

Christmas Day

Christmas Day by stylefromthesticks featuring high heel pumps

$79 –

AMY GEE pants
$62 –

H&M high heel pumps
$24 –

Betsey johnson jewelry

Chain jewelry

Dinner Party

If it’s a sit down formal dinner party and the invite has you wondering what to wear, don’t take a chance.  Step it up a notch.  A skirt is always appropriate and can feel casual or dressy in any situation.  Glam it up with lots of fun accessories to create conversation.
Enjoy your meal!

Dinner Party

Dinner Party by stylefromthesticks featuring miss selfridge

H m
$24 –

Lace skirt

Miss selfridge