Many modest dressers tell me their worst battles are with formal/evening wear. And yes - this is definitely one of the most difficult areas to find something fashionable, current, modest, and yet timeless (so that you don't have to buy something new in a few years.)I offered a few tips here and here. Today, I have more visual examples for you. On the Ideeli sample sale site was an evening wear section. These were two of the featured dresses.
Left Dress = blah, bland, boring color and a terribly frumpy, unflattering length! (Remember, if you're going longer than your knee take it all the way to the tops of your feet!)
Right Dress = standard boring mother-of-the-bride dress that frequently gets passed off as evening wear.
But further down on the same page was this PATRA beaded kimono sleeve dress.
The beading is a definite step up from the standard satin of the two previous dresses. It's a timeless, flattering shape. T
he kimono sleeves are interesting and at the same time, very forgiving on less-than-toned upper arms.
As I mentioned in previous modest formal wear tips
, neckline and "kneeline" are of utmost importance. Two thumbs up here! At 40.25" it's long enough for nearly everyone. (If it's too long, have a tailor take it up at the waist to avoid ruining that beaded border.) So it's just the shoulders we need to tweak and this dress would be incredibly easy in that regard. Just a little addition to the underlining that any tailor could pull off in their sleep. Any reasonable sewer as well.Do NOT try to fill in the full sleeve. That would make you look like a crazy bat.
While black is a safe and solid choice, I personally love the navy above. It also comes in a stunning royal blue and lovely blush.
At only $89 (down from $260!) this dress is a steal. This dress may not be your personal style, but I hope this post gives you an idea of what to look for when searching for evening wear that can be easily made modest.