Ask the Fashion Police: Which dress should I buy for a formal dinner dance?

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It’s been a while since we had an Ask the Fashion Police question to resolve, so when Anita wrote to ask for our help with a fashion dilemma, we thought it was high time to revive this section – and, of course, to enlist the help of our other readers.

Anita writes:

Dear Fashion Police,
I have to attend a formal Annual (Dinner/Dance) Ball in December; and I know it’s ages, but you know it takes ages to find the perfect dress!

I am a size 0. I have medium coloured skin, black/very dark brown hair and black/very dark brown eyes. I can’t decide which one of the following gowns to wear:

Dress One or Dress Two

Dear Anita,

Oh, how I wish I had this particular problem! Both are lovely dresses, but I share your reservations about both the back of dress A, and the colour of dress B. My reservation about the olive dress, however, is purely a personal thing – it’s not my favourite colour, but I think it can look great on darker skin tones, and going from your description, I think it could look great on you.

But I don’t think it has the "wow factor" you’re looking for. Dress A has more of that, both in terms of the colour and the sweetheart neckline, which I think is that little bit dressier than the plain neck of the other dress.

But I’m not so keen on the back:

Back_detail

Again, this is purely a personal thing, because there’s nothing actually wrong with this style – it’s just not to my taste, and I’d like this dress a whole lot more with a plainer back.

So here’s what I’d do…

I’d buy dress B, assuming the size 2 would work for you, or you could have it altered. Then I’d dress it up a little, buying a wide ribbon/sash in either the same colour if you can find it, or a contrasting one if you can’t (gold might be nice) and play around with it: tie a bow at the front or the back, tie it around the waist and fasten with a corsage or sparkly brooch, that kind of thing. You could also add a brooch/corsage to one side of the bodice if you wanted – just don’t go overboard with too many accessories, or you could end up looking like a Christmas tree!

Then I’d add a pair of killer stilettos (again, I think gold would work) and a short necklace or choker, et voila! You’re good to go.

But that’s just me, and, of course, it’s all a matter of personal taste, which is why I’m turning the question over to our readers, in an attempt to get you a more balanced view.

So, what do you think, readers? Which dress should Anita buy?

P.S – Please remember to keep your suggestions constructive!

12 Comments

  • August 20, 2008

    Amanda

    First of all, you sound gorgeous, Anita!
    I have a friend of the same colouring as you, and she often wears that olive colour, which looks stunning on her. So my pick is the green one. Plus, I like how it’s elegant without being fussy.

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  • August 20, 2008

    Am

    Yes, I’m with Amanda and fashion police here – the olive one sounds like it would compliment your skintone and hair/eye colour.
    I think the idea of dressing it up with corsages and ribbons (as suggested by The fashion police) is a great one – just give yourself plenty of time and I’m sure you could come up with something lovely.
    The added advantage of this is that you could always buy ribbons and corsages of different, contrasting colours and wear the same dress for other occasions and look totally different!

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  • August 20, 2008

    Danielle

    The olive would look better with your coloring, but in my opinion, it is a bit drab, especially at the bust. If you have the time, I would say keep shopping!

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  • August 20, 2008

    Zoe

    Oh, isn’t it always like that? If only you could have *that* dress only in *that* colour and without the ruching but *with some contrasting piping, please!
    Anyway. Love the olive, gorgeous colour. Love the cut and bodice detailing on the silver one. Considering your size (fellow miniature size, here) I think the silver one would be more flattering, actually: a busy bodice would distract from a (probably) small bust.
    Good luck!

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  • August 20, 2008

    Jazz

    I have similar coloring and I love the olive color! Definitely try dressing it up a bit, though, as suggested, if you do get it. You shouldn’t rush so much just yet – you do have time to keep looking around. (If it’s in your shipping zone, try Nordstrom’s. Particularly ABS.)

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  • August 20, 2008

    Cadi

    I love the idea of the olive, especially with a wide gold ribbon sash! But be careful, I think i see beading at the top of it…so that’d be something to coordinate with. Some awesome earrings would be nice too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • August 20, 2008

    JC

    I would definately go with the olive one, I always think green looks stunning on people with your skin/hair/eye colour
    Hope your decisions been made a little easier and have a great time!

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  • August 20, 2008

    kkd

    I think that olive color is gorgeous with darker hair, and I have to agree about the back on dress A… not a huge fan. Definitely B

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  • August 21, 2008

    Theresa

    That olive green will look absolutely stunning on brown skin. And I actually like how simple it is. I wouldn’t do anything to it. Keep the focus on your face: makeup and hair, gorgeous gem earrings, maybe a pretty bracelet with amber, bronze and gold. Let the dress highlight your skin, so that you wear the dress and the dress doesn’t wear you.

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  • August 21, 2008

    Claire Soto

    The green one. The shape, color and overall look is much better.

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  • September 4, 2008

    david dankert

    do you wear brownor black shoes with blue pants ?

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  • June 1, 2009

    Diandra

    Personally I like the grey one better, but I think the green one might look better on you!
    However, sometimes that color of green can make your skin look sallow, so…?
    Sorry, that’s not very helpful I know. ๐Ÿ™

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Ask the Fashion Police: Can I boil my Crocs?

Crocs

Question received via our web search: "Can I boil my Crocs?"

What, you mean like lobsters? To kill them? Well, we guess anything you can do to Crocs other than actually wearing them is probably a step forward, but a cursory search of the Crocs website reveals that no, you cannot boil your Crocs. And you can’t eat them, either. Sorry to be the ones to break it to you.

Crocs say: "4 out of 5 Crocs, Inc. Customer Service Representatives in this study agreed that even though the shoes had a nice texture and looked tasty; they would not recommend eating the shoes."

If you just want to clean them, then, stick to good old soapy water, and keep it at a normal temperature. If you want to eat them, see your shrink, because Houston, we have a problem. If you’re trying to kill them, on the other hand, hey, want to join The Fashion Police? We like the way you think…

7 Comments

  • June 3, 2008

    The Ex

    I’m confused as to why someone would want to wear OR boil their crocs. Hmm.

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  • June 3, 2008

    Em

    Haha! It’s a common question. If you happen to be wearing Crocs as they were intended, ie, to work in a hospital, there’s a chance you might get, well, something yucky on them. Boiling is an effective way to disinfect things, so some people think boiling. But that will shrink the plastic foam. So, it’s not a good idea.
    But you can soak them in bleach, which also works.
    What? I only wear them with my scrubs, so it’s not like I’m stylin’ to begin with.

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  • June 3, 2008

    Danielle

    Well, there was a story going around that you could boil and eat your Crocs if you were lost in a forest.
    But then again, why would you be wearing Crocs in the first place? Shouldn’t you be wearing hiking boots?

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  • June 4, 2008

    Diana

    When I was learning gourmet cuisine like 4 years ago, I had to wear snickers. But now, Iยดve noticed that there is this RULE for new students to wear white or black crocs… I was a lucky one who scaped from it!

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  • June 4, 2008

    gokarm

    My sister suffers from arthritic inflamation in her feet and crocs are one of the few shoes she can comfortably wear. As a matter of fact, she must wear them or something similar, at all times, as bare feet is simply not an option. I still don’t understand why they have to look like gardening shoes. Regardless…I can be patient with that, but when your average healthy adult is walking around in crocs…I still strongly disapprove.

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  • July 18, 2008

    Isa

    I would encourage you to boil them, dispose of whatever you’re left with, and destroy all evidence of ever having owned them.

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  • April 1, 2009

    Andrea

    I actually like one style of Crocs, which I own in light pink for when I go to amusement parks/swimming in public places:
    http://www.6pm.com/n/p/p/7432905/c/632.html

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Ask the Fashion Police: Solve My Tights Dilemma!

Weddingoutfit

Dear Fashion Police,

I’m hoping for some sage advice on what tights to wear with a wedding outfit (the wedding is on 22 December so I will have to wear tights. Or I will freeze). I will be wearing: this dress, these shoes in hot pink, this coat in ‘mercury’ (or grey): I’ll also be getting a shrug/bolero in either cream or pink. Now my dilemma is that I think nude tights will work best, but they’re not very fashionable? Would black opaques work or would they look odd with the shoes? I appreciate this isn’t, let’s say, the most fascinating dilemma but my brain is incapable of making a decision (it’s worn out from trying to find a frock that fits, looks great and isn’t black….and failing). I would appreciate any help you can give. T

hanks and season’s greetings, Anne-Marie

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6 Comments

  • December 18, 2007

    heather

    Awesome answer. I think textured would be best, something that keeps it from feeling “old fashioned” yet doesn’t make the outfit not work. If you have awesome legs then a only just there grey might work, but definitely not black.

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  • December 18, 2007

    Alessia

    I have a pair of hot pink shoes that I wear sometimes – and I’ve tried nude tights, black and finally a sort-of semi-opaque pair of grey tights and they look really nice ๐Ÿ™‚
    So it’s worth a try!

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  • December 19, 2007

    Haley

    I have a rule for these situations: when in doubt, wear beige fishnets. The dowdiness of nude stockings neutralizes the sexiness of fishnets and what you end up with is an all-purpose classic.

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  • December 19, 2007

    Anne-Marie

    Hurrah! Thanks so much Amber, I really appreciate the advice (and thanks too Heather!). I’ll be off tights shopping later!
    Anne-Marie

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  • December 19, 2007

    Anne-Marie

    Thanks so much Amber (and Heather too)! I’m off to buy tights…….

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  • December 29, 2007

    Elaine

    Sorry Anne Marie, it’s a bit late but hope your outfit was a success! London (UK) style would definitely revolve around black opaques with a pink bolero to match shoes as everything is about fashion in London. Otherwise you could push it further with black ankle socks with a vintage vibe (frill or fine net) to continue the ‘romantic’ mood you’re creating…

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Ask the Fashion Police: What trainers should I wear with skinny jeans?

Notrainers

Dear Fashion Police,

I just bought a pair of skinny jeans, and am wondering what to wear with them. Can I wear trainers with them, and if so, what style would you recommend?

Thanks!
Allison, Wales

Read our response after the jump!

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9 Comments

  • September 14, 2007

    Caroline

    My goodness, I couldn’t agree more! Unless you’re going for the emo look, in which case I’d recommend Converse.

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  • September 15, 2007

    Haley

    How soon everyone forgets about Keds!
    Sports sneakers, on the other hand, are always hideous and I agree one hundred percent. Functional shoes will never look good.

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  • November 24, 2007

    nora

    i don’t agree
    you should wear them with converses, adidas, hi tops and any other casual sneakers
    DON’T wear them with jogging shoes or baseball cleats. sport shoes should never be worn with skinny jeans

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  • December 30, 2007

    C. Bass

    I have to disagree to an extent. Most trainers are terrible, but trainers that sleekly fit the foot are totally acceptable, namely the Ounitsuka Tiger. It’s a beautiful classic design, and totally acceptable with skinny jeans.

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  • March 20, 2008

    kerry

    i have a skinny jran jumpsuit and i dont know what to whear with it

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  • April 30, 2008

    luke

    Nike dunk Lows, or SB classic. For the indie look they really do look cool with skinny jeans ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • March 9, 2009

    Fabian

    hey fashion police. the March 09 edition of Vogue Italia disagrees with you.
    http://fashioncopious.typepad.com/fashioncopious/2009/03/vogue-italia-march-09-cover.html
    http://fashioncopious.typepad.com/fashioncopious/2009/03/editorial-we-are-the-slaves-of-the-objects-around-us.html

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  • April 27, 2009

    kyle

    blazers

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  • December 10, 2011

    Bain

    Yeah, the minute you recommended “Rocketdog” as a serious brand for anyone over the age of 13 you lost all credibility.

    Wear them with a more trendy/fashionable, as said above, Converse, Nike, whatever.

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