Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Inaugural Gowns

As many of you know, my office is on Capitol Hill here in DC so I'm lucky enough to see the gorgeous capitol building every day. Congress officially began their new session last week, but the President doesn't start his new term for another two weeks or so.  I've been slowing watching the process as they've built the scaffolding, hung flags, and delivered more port-a-potties than you can imagine. With festivities kicking off next weekend I've been running around making sure I have dresses and accessories to all of the various events that weekend. I think I'll be attending 3 balls this year, most of them for work, so I need three different outfits. 

While I haven't decided yet, there are some things to consider for Inaugural balls. First... this is not prom. Obvious, but I haven't really had to wear long gowns since high school, so there's a whole new set of rules.  As with anything in DC the balls are potential networking events, so I need to stay some what professional. Strapless dresses are pushing it--- so make sure you have a wrap. This may not be the time to make a real statement with your fashion choices, so tone down the color and the trends. 

Here are a few dresses I think would be perfect. 


I really like the coverage of this dress. It's a gorgeous bright red, which is fun while still being patriotic (obviously this is an inaugural ball). 

Again, really liking the coverage of this dress, but the lace detail make it a little less stuffy. Plus it's emerald, so on point with the trends--- while not taking too many risks. 

Emerald Dress
While this dress is strapless, I really like it. The deep color is fun, yet professional and the beading is just enough to make the dress unique but again not overly flashy. A gorgeous pashmina and you're all set to hit the town.
Purple Dress
Again, this one has some sparkle (which we all know I love), but I adore the halter neck. The shoulders show a lot of skin but you do have to worry about cleavage.
Navy Blue Dress

So what would you wear to an inaugural ball?

36 comments:

Alissa | Feeling Good said...

LOVE the emerald dress!

Alissa
FeelingGoodFashion.blogspot.com

Tamara @ Everything Happens said...

Ohhh I love the last two! The navy is gorgeous, especially for this time of year!

Wine and Summer said...

I love the emerald and navy! The are both gorgeous and appropriate for the events!

HMB said...

I LOVE the navy! The neckline is so gorgeous. You're going to have so much fun even if it is for work!

Kelsey Heinze said...

I walk by the Macy's windows everyday and the dresses are beautiful! I vote emerald.

so anthro said...

That's fantastic, what fun you'll have! Love all of these choices, my best friend will be attending one of the balls and I've been having fun helping her pick out her gown :)

Niki Caron said...

I love all of your picks, but the the red and the navy dresses are my favorites! Have fun!

Sarah said...

I really like the navy!! Can't wait to see what you wear and hear all about the balls!

Jamie said...

That navy one is amazing! I think it would look gorgeous on you!

Jamie
forevereightyone.blogspot.com

Emily said...

I love the purple as well as the navy. Ever since the Duchess of Cambridge wore navy, it's become one of my new favorite "formal" colors. No matter what you will look Fabulous!!! oxo

taylor casto said...

i have NO clue what to wear to the inaugural ball i'm attending either!!! i need to get on that ASAP! love the dresses you found!!!

xo,Taylor
iLikeMyClothesTaylored.blogspot.com

Jen said...

The navy dress is gorgeous!!! :)

Alison @ Get Your Pretty On said...

I love the red and navy blue. Both would look awesome with your coloring. And oh how I'd like to be attending the inaugural ball. Sigh...

Alison
www.getyourprettyon.com

Terri said...

The emerald and the navy are GORGEOUS. Cant wait to see which ones you choose!

Stylejourneys said...

I love the emerald dress... so gorge!
Its my first time here, and I've added you on bloglovin, so I can come more often.

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Ginny said...

My favorite is the navy dress, love it!
Ginny
mynewfavoriteoutfit.blogspot.com

Smartificial Sweetener said...

That emerald dress. I can't even.

Casey said...

I LOVE the last two. That is so exciting that you get to attend these types of balls! I'm jealous!

Natalia said...

Oh, the emerald dress is a must! So jealous you get to attend -- you're going to be a part of history. Tell my BFF Michelle I said hello! :)

So glad I found your blog -- fellow Dawg here!

www.allthethingsetc.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

Oh my gosh, so awesome that you are going to the Inagural ball! Jealous! I love love love the navy blue one and the emerald one is pretty great too. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Lauren said...

that is amazing you're attending! congrats! I also choose the emerald one .. it is so classy looking!!

Allyssa said...

I love them all, I can't even pick a favorite!

Nike Onile said...

First off,,, I'm totally jealous! Take it all in and enjoy it to the fullest :) As for the look...Oh definitely the Navy blue dress. Understated elegance with a hit of bling by the face....UM LOOVVEEE!!! Definitely the blue :)

Style To Envy said...

all are great but the emerald is AMAZING...can't wait to see all about the ball

xoxo
Val
http://styletoenvy.com

Katherine said...

Love the red dress! Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Katherine

Raquel said...

I love all the dresses!! I wish I could go to the inagural ball! I have THE perfect dress too! :(

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

These are all so pretty! The second is probably my favorite, then the first. That's exciting that you get to go to these balls. Have fun :)

Wil Harris said...

You definitely have to write about all these exciting events post and pre inauguration, how exciting for you!!
Love the last two dresses, the red one is super classy yet sexy and the emerald green one is such a pretty color.

Danavee said...

Um, how awesome! I want your job! Navy dress gets my vote!

Melissa said...

They're all gorgeous, but that NAVY one is my fav. You'll look fabulous no matter what you wear :)

Head to Toe Chic said...

So fun!!! I love all your picks but the emerald green one is my favorite! Can't wait to see what you wear :)

xo,
Angela
headtotoechic.blogspot.com

TheTinyHeart said...

The navy one is my favorite...love the jeweled neckline! How fun that you get to go the inaugural ball!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart
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Jen said...

Inaugural ball! That's high-rollin' girl! How fun! I LOVE the navy dress! Wow, I wish I had an occasion to get dressed up. I know the red one doesn't have any "flair" but there's something about that one that is very classy that I like too. Oh, and I might check out that bronzer you mentioned this summer. Thanks for visiting my blog!

jen
www.goteambowen.blogspot.com

Maya {CharminglyStyled} said...

IINaugural ball, you are sorta a big deal!!!! Have so much fun {and take lots of pictures for us!}

xx,
Maya

lost in travels said...

LOVE those gowns! Especially the green one with the lace, gorgeous!

Samantha said...

Can I just say I'm super jealous you have a reason to wear a gown? Much less 3!? Love the emarald! Good luck trying to decide :)

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