50 Is Not Old | Formal DressI know this post will not be one that everyone needs to see. But with wedding season fast approaching, I thought some of you might like to see a post featuring a formal dress. I have mentioned before that I was a District President for GFWC Virginia. There are 8 districts, and I was the President of the Southwestern District. One of the duties of the President is to attend State functions like the convention I attended. On Saturday night, there is a processional of Past President, District Presidents, and the current State Officers.50 Is Not Old | Formal DressThis is the one night where the dress is more formal. Some in attendance even wear long gowns, even if they are not in the processional. I bought this dress last year, and wore it to my son’s wedding. This was my mother-of-the-groom dress. I LOVE the color. Bronze must be a popular color at the moment, I saw several bronze colored dresses on Saturday night. I bought this dress from David’s Bridals, but be aware if you buy from them, there is a 10 day return policy.50 Is Not Old | Formal Dress

I know I am in my 50’s, but that does not mean that I want to wear a frumpy dress. A lot of mother-of-the-bride/groom dresses are just OLD looking. I didn’t want something really low cut, really short, or really tight, but I did want something that was current and elegant.

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This dress is a flattering cut. The empire waist helps me in my problem area of the tummy. It is tight only in the area where I am my smallest, and then flows away. 50 Is Not Old | Formal DressThe jewels at the neckline eliminate the need for a necklace. Instead I chose to wear a pair of large stone earrings and a bracelet that my sister-in-law bought me for Christmas.

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50 Is Not Old | Formal DressThe bracelet is a retired piece from Stella & Dot called Audrey. I found it on Ebay, but there might be other places that you can find it. It is one of my favorite pieces from Stella & Dot.

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50 Is Not Old | Formal DressThe other bracelet I have on is one that I bought at the convention from a vendor called the Neck’d Ladies. How cool is that name? It is white metal dogwood flowers with a large rhinestone in the middle of each flower. 50 Is Not Old | Formal DressMy vintage feather clutch was a big hit at the convention. Everyone at my table loved it, and I had to pass it around and let each one of them see it. I have the matching hat to the clutch, but it is not flattering on me. I will not break up the pair though. Here is where I styled the clutch last time. It is one of my most pinned posts on Pinterest.

CLUTCH: Similar | Wallet50 Is Not Old | Formal DressHere is a look from the back. I was just thrilled that I didn’t have a back boob. That is always one of my goals when I dress. I may not look at hair from the back, but I usually turn around to see if I have a back boob showing. If so, then a cardigan or blazer will be put on before I head out the door. 50 Is Not Old | Formal DressYou remember that I told you it is always cold at these functions, but my cashmere wrap would not be appropriate for this look. Instead I threw on a peacock colored wrap that had strands of bronze running through it. I didn’t walk with the shawl, but I kept it at the table for just in case. I didn’t get a picture of my shoes, this dress is really long. I have on the highest pair of heels I have, and it still drug the ground.

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  1. Wow, that dress is very elegant and you look fabulous. Love the bracelets.

  2. Kim Kennedy Reply

    Love your blog❤️ I wore similar dress in blue to my son’s wedding last summer.

  3. So pretty. This is a great looking dress! It’s so hard to find a formal dress that is not frumpy, and this one succeeds at being modern and youthful with elegance.

  4. Beautiful!! Attending 2 formal galas this month & have NOTHING to wear – love all your posts.

    • Tania Reply

      Mary, you need to get to work! Start trying on dresses now:)

  5. Glenda Hale Reply

    Love the dress and the wrap, you are so good at mixing all the pieces for a completely pulled together look, I so enjoy your blog. I loved the jewelry link especially the red crystal tassel necklace, wasn’t able to comment on that page though.

  6. Tammy Dodson Reply

    That dress looks like it was made for you! Love the color and the stones!

  7. Julie from Michigan Reply

    Very elegant dress, and love the pearl accents on the dress, and the pearl bracelet. You look gorgeous!

  8. Love the color of your fabulous gown! Great little clutch, and pretty accessories. Looking very formal here, and can use your fantastic accessories with casual looks later too with pizzazz!

  9. Jill Clemons Reply

    I had to jump back to see your most pinned picture. That was the picture that sold me to follow your blog! Love the clutch.

  10. That dress is beautiful on you. I am currently searching for a short mother of the bride dress for my daughter’s outdoor July evening wedding. I need something semi formal but all of the MOB dresses I have found are so frumpy and old looking! You are right!! I’m trying not to panic, BUT…..

  11. You look beautiful! If I ever need a formal dress, I will look for something similar! However, now that I am retired and living on a lake, “black pants and a top” are about as dressy as I get!

  12. I did want to ask, though, where does one find a vintage evening clutch? The purses you find are all so cute!!

    • Tania Reply

      I bought my clutch at a vintage fashion show. I usually attend about three of these shows a year and I have found all kinds of wonderful items.

  13. That is a beautiful dress and looks fabulous on you. Love the feather clutch. Great advice on formal dressing.

  14. julie Scott Reply

    Tania, I know you’ve coined your style ‘class with a little trash’, but doll, you look simply elegant in that entire ensemble. The feather clutch is just that touch of flair that kicks things to another level. Gorgeous, just gorgeous!

  15. Tania, you look beautiful and elegant! Love it. I just have to say Thank You! You have inspired me to stretch a little. One of my sons just graduated from college. I was able to find a dress in blue and white, similar to one you posted. None of my jewelry looked right, so I went bold and found a yellow necklace and earrings. They made the outfit. All that to say, I went way out of my comfort zone and felt fabulous. You are such a wonderful inspiration. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!

  16. This dress is very elegant! You look lovely. I like how the dress compliments your figure and yes the color is amazing!

  17. You look marvelous! And isn’t it great that you got to wear that fabulous dress again!
    The jewelry is perfect with the dress. I’ve enjoyed seeing your post from the convention.

  18. Love your gown. My daughter is getting married in April and I am looking for a gown. Hope I can find one that is elegant and comfy as this one looks. Thanks for sharing.

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