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Country Club Casual

It’s me again! I’m trying to do a brain dump today during lunch since I’ve had so little time. More to come, even!

So, in April we have a party to go to in California. It’s is Danny’s Grandma’s 80th birthday and the entire family is getting together for the first time in something like 10 years. We couldn’t exactly be the ones to ruin that, could we? Our trip will be super brief. We are flying there on a Saturday, the party is that night. We are staying one night in a hotel, then taking the red-eye home on Sunday.

The party is being held in a country club and starts at 6 pm. The invite says, “drinks, dinner and dancing.” The dress code is “country club casual”.

There is where I need help. “Country club casual?” Wha? Between asking Grandma and searching online, I gather it is on the dressier side of business causal (especially since it is an evening affair.) Danny already purchased his outfit - some great pants and a button-down shirt. But, I’m kind of at a loss. I do have a dress that I bought last year and wore to two different events - a wedding and a holiday party. But, since it is from Delia’s, a Juniors clothes store, it doesn’t have a very adult vibe. (See the dress here) When I wore it to the wedding, I wore fancy silver heels. To the holiday party, I wore knee-high black boots. Neither seem right for the occasion (one is way too dressy, the other too wintery for April in California.) So, if I wear the dress, I need to find shoes that would make it appropriate.

So, what do you think, dear readers? Is that dress too juvenile or dressy? If not, what kind of shoes would I need (I’d also need a sweater or wrap)? If that dress is not right, can you send some ideas my way? It needs to be a size 0 or 2, or easily altered while I still have time for a tailor. Links, please!

Originally published in my journal, Stephanie's Thoughts. Leave me a comment!

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