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    Gala Garb

    The BF is now a Commissioned Officer in the US Navy (Reserves).

    We've been invited to a "gala" in Newport, RI at the end of October. Any thoughts on what I should wear? The invite says civilians should wear formal attire.

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    sounds like you get to do some shopping
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    When service-related functions say 'formal' they really mean formal and the predominant dress styles tend to be rather conservative. I suggest some sort of 'Gone with the Wind' type gown (only partly ing)

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    Fancy, formal and think more on the conservative side. Don't flash a lot of cleavage or thigh. There will be some "ladies" dressed in a not-so-conservative style, but as an officer's SO, you should lean to the cover-it-up side. You don't have to be a nun, or show no skin at all, but the less-is-more concept will serve you well.

    Dress shopping can be fun, but it can also be a pain in the a$$. Take a friend, hit the boutiques, and make a day of it! And you'll need an appropriate wrap/coat.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    When service-related functions say 'formal' they really mean formal and the predominant dress styles tend to be rather conservative. I suggest some sort of 'Gone with the Wind' type gown (only partly ing)
    Quote Originally posted by Salmissra View post
    Fancy, formal and think more on the conservative side. Don't flash a lot of cleavage or thigh. There will be some "ladies" dressed in a not-so-conservative style, but as an officer's SO, you should lean to the cover-it-up side. You don't have to be a nun, or show no skin at all, but the less-is-more concept will serve you well.
    So Barbara Bush meets Scarlett O'Hara?

    Would you recommend a long gown as opposed to a cocktail length dress?

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    Hmm......

    Go with the tailhook line of hot pants make sure the word TAILHOOK is on the rear This will really break the ice

    or go the other way with one of these great little numbers:
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    I think of formal as long gown.

    Believe it or not we have had really good luck at AMAZON.COM
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    Quote Originally posted by dandy_warhol View post
    So Barbara Bush meets Scarlett O'Hara?

    Would you recommend a long gown as opposed to a cocktail length dress?
    Longer rather than shorter.
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    Don't listen/pay attention to Teh One's suggestions - he's been out in the sun too long.

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    Quote Originally posted by dandy_warhol View post
    So Barbara Bush meets Scarlett O'Hara?

    Would you recommend a long gown as opposed to a cocktail length dress?
    Tea length or longer, but doesn't need to be "pouffy". Shoes that you can both stand for long periods in and walk away in, and maybe even dance in!

    I can't decide if it's similar to a prom for adults, or more like the homecoming dance for adults. Dad always hated having to go to the "fancy shindigs" while mom enjoyed most of them.
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    Ok.....

    If you have to go middle of the road try this:

    http://blogs.tampabay.com/.a/6a00d83...f204970c-320wi
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    When service-related functions say 'formal' they really mean formal and the predominant dress styles tend to be rather conservative. I suggest some sort of 'Gone with the Wind' type gown (only partly ing)
    This was always my experience when I was in the service as well. It was easy for me to go to the events since I would just put on my dress blue uniform but it always amazed me how dressed up some of the women (dates of other service men as the majority of the female Marines would also wear their dress uniforms) would get. Sometimes it looked like the women were getting dressed up to go to walk the red carpet at the Oscars.
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