The invite may say "optional," but opting for high glamor has always won out. When that really ritzy gala or wedding comes your way, you’ll do well to slip into this chic dress that offers all the classic elements of elegance. To top it off, a rhinestone-buckle belt keeps you dazzling as the toasts mount and the sweets disappear.
I made this dress for my daughter's wedding rehearsal and dinner. The style is retro '60s and made from a ivory woven raw silk, which meant it had to be totally lined to avoid those embarrassing see-through moments. Luckily, I had an vintage belt buckle in my supplies and was able to make the belt using it. Overall it was a fairly easy dress to fit, at least easier than some others.