Wednesday, April 13, 2011

What does that even mean?

I will have you know that I am going to a swah-RAY! That's right, a soirée. Whenever an event - or a thing, for that matter - is called by its French name, you know it has to be good.

So last night I went shopping because, oddly enough, I have plenty of business clothes and even several gowns, but I couldn't find a cocktail dress in my closet. I was quite happy with what I found.

I would call this a cocktail dress, appropriate for a soirée.
I was fortunate to have shoes, bag and jewelry to go with it.

So I figured I was off to the races. But then we received an e-mail this afternoon which established that noted, "Guests are invited to arrive in CASUAL ELEGANT ATTIRE starting at 6:00 p.m." [All caps was theirs.]

My immediate question was, "What does that mean?" I have sundresses that I consider both elegant and casual, but I wouldn't wear them to a soirée! And looking elegantly casual is not as easily done as one might think; consider Catherine Deneuve. I would call her elegantly casual in a crisp white shirt and skinny pants, but, again, I don't think I would wear those to this event.

I found the whole thing so peculiar that I googled "elegant+casual clothing" images. Here is a smattering of what I found.

Yup. Everything from sundresses with floppy hats
to pouffy wedding gowns.
 THAT didn't help at all. I'm going to go with the outfit I planned, but it will be interesting to see what people show up wearing.


  1. Well you'll look great no matter what the others are wearing! That dress is beautiful!

  2. It's perfect..esp because it's a print, not solid black etc. I love the dress...wish I could shop the way you do!


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