over50feeling40: Christmas Wedding Wear Over 50: All Sparkle Allowed!
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Dec 18, 2016

Christmas Wedding Wear Over 50: All Sparkle Allowed!

Our celebratory weekend in downtown San Antonio was amazing, and I will share some additional images with you later.  But, today I would like to spend time on the beautiful wedding we attended on Saturday evening with the reception at the elegant ST.ANTHONY'S HOTEL.
I confess...the minute I receive an invitation which suggests everyone wear Black Tie or Evening Attire, I get a bit nervous.  I did not own an evening dress when we were invited.  But, this was a wedding involving dear friends...so I had to come up with something for the event. 
The location and event dictated a special dress.  Why do I get nervous?  Because it is a task to find an evening gown which is affordable and flattering for a curvy figure.  So, I headed off to DILLARDS.  At one point, I had about thirty dresses in the dressing room.  One dress was $900 but I wanted to see if there was a huge difference in price points. There really wasn't.  However, for a dress I would rarely wear, it needed to be as reasonable as possible.
This dress by JESSICA HOWARD was my choice!  I selected it for these reasons:
1.  The emerald green color is one I wear well.  It caught my eye immediately.
2.  The sleeve length was flattering.
3.  The tie hit at the smallest part of me helping the dress to be more flattering on my figure. It fit tight, but to go up a size, I believe, would have made me look larger.
4.  The sequined top was just enough.  I could've added a necklace, but I felt the sparkle was just right. The taffeta skirt was fun and the length perfect for a gold pointed toe flat to peep out from underneath. 







My nails were Christmas red and I kept my hair as I usually wear it.  I do not feel confident in a updo...so I went with simple. Many of my friends wore hair half up and half down.






It was an elegant night and I felt very confident in my dress.  It met my expectations and helped me to enjoy the evening.  What criteria do you have when shopping for an evening gown?  Are you comfortable wearing a little sparkle and shine?

This is a crazy week and for the first time we have seasonal cold weather all the way to South Texas!  We are taking a little holiday break from HIT YOUR STYLE SWEET SPOT, and hope to return with a refreshing new take on it.  Jennifer and I both want to thank you for your support of this weekly collaboration...it has been fun to produce and we hope to keep it going for a long time.

Stay Warm, everyone!
LINKING WITH VISIBLE MONDAY...


21 comments:

  1. Pam your gown is stunning and you look so beautiful!! That is a stunning color on you. You've had an amazing weekend. Merry Christmas my friend xo

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    1. Thank you so much...I need to wear this color more often...I received so many compliments on the color. Merry Christmas!

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  2. What a beautiful dress and how gorgeous you look wearing it!

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    1. Thank you, Maggie...it was fun to feel like a princess for a day!

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  3. You look lovely in that gown. The emerald color is beautiful, can't go wrong with jewel colors when you have dark hair. I love to get dressed up for formal events, though very rarely have the occasion to! I'd be out buying an elegant gown with a little sparkle just like you did! Perfect choice!

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    1. Thanks, Karen! You are right..I wear jewel tones a lot...love this green.

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  4. That is a gorgeous gown and you look fabulous, Pam. Thanks for sharing your great look with Vis Monday, xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. Thanks for providing all the inspiration on Visible Monday too!

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  5. Your dress is stunning. YOu look glorious in it :)

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    1. Thank you, Cynthia. I appreciate the kindness!

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  6. You look absolutely gorgeous! Just the right amount of sparkle, great arm coverage, perfect fit, very flattering color and shape! You scored! I wish we had a Dillards in the SF area....

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    1. Dillards is my go-to store now...they are online. I had a reader in LA order one garment I featured on the blog from the Dillards site and she was so happy to have it! They hit just the right price points and styles for me. Thanks for the kind words as well!

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  7. You are gorgeous in your sparkly dress! The color is just perfect for you. Now you need to have another reason to wear it.

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    1. Yes I Do! Hopefully this is not just a one time wear. Thanks so much Donna for your kindness.

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  8. What a beautiful, gorgeous dress and you look just stunning! I do agree that formal, "party" dresses are very difficult: the price point, of course, but also so many are so bare either at neckline and/or arms. I've always liked more coverage (even before I needed it!) and this dress is just perfect. Merry Christmas, Pam, and enjoy your break.

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    1. It is amazing how many are sleeveless...I was exhausted after trying on over 30 to find the one! Thanks for stopping by Libby and for the kind words.

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  9. Wow Pam! I love the emerald green! of course its one of my favorite colors. Love the sparkles too, very festive, sounding like a wonderful event.
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. You look awesome in this color, Jess. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. What a gorgeous dress and you look stunning! I love that you chose emerald green -it's unique and a bit Christmasy! Merry Christmas Pam.

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    1. I was the only one in this color, but I loved it. This was one time I was happy to not be in black. Thanks Yvonne.

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  11. What a beautiful choice! It's been many years since I last attended an occasion that called for a formal evening gown. I have no idea what I would choose, but it sure could be fun looking!

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