What to Wear for Dinner With a Prince

Fashion Fridays

As I mentioned earlier this week, I’m on the hunt for a dress to wear to dinner with HRH Prince Edward at Windsor Castle in October. I absolutely loved the dress I found for the same event in 2012. It fit perfectly, and it was completely appropriate for the event.

My handsome Mr. and I at Windsor Castle, 2012

My handsome Mr. and I at Windsor Castle, 2012

I have a few months to think about what I’m looking for, but I’ve been busy searching the web for inspiration. There are only two parameters that I need to stick with, given the event and it’s location: the dress should not be strapless, and it must be long. Oh..and I want to feel like this when I walk into the room:

So with that in mind, I’ve channeled my inner princess, and picked out a few of my faves assuming money was no object.

Princess Option #1: The combination of the color, collar, and cap sleeves is ridiculously elegant.

Princess Option #2: I love the unexpected color of this gown. Paired with the patent belt, it has tons of personality and would definitely stand out in a sea of otherwise boring gowns.

Princess Option #3: Jenny Packham is one of Princess Catherine’s go-to designers. If it’s good enough for a real princess, then it’s good enough for me! I love the simplicity of the cut, paired with a not-so-simple fabric.

Princess Option #4: I don’t wear a lot of red, but I would make an exception for this dress!

Princess Option #5: I don’t even know what the front of this dress looks like, but that back is stunning!



Coming back to reality, I need to find some similar dresses at a much more reasonable price point! Here are some that I’m keen to hunt down and try on. All but one come in at under $400 regularly priced. One was regularly priced at over $600(!), but I found it on sale so it made the cut. Dresses are always on sale, and with sites like Bluefly, paying full price doesn’t seem likely:

Pauper Option #1: A metallic sheen and cap sleeves make this dress special.

Pauper Option #2: They call this color vermillion. I call it awesome.

Pauper Option #3: Just like the Jenny Packham dress, this is a simple cut, with a great fabric.

Pauper Option #4: Clean lines, a close fit, and a rich color. I’m starting to like red dresses!

Pauper Option #5: This might be my favorite, and it’s the most reasonably priced! 

Do you have a favorite?

What do you consider a reasonable price for a gown?




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    My budget would tell me I should get the reasonable price gown, but my mind would tell me that I was a princess for the night and needed a princess dress : ) Pretty much all the designer dresses are ones I have pinned on Pinterest. A girl can dream right? From the dream dresses, my picks are 1. Oscar de la Renta 2. Ellie Saab 3. Jenny Packham. From the regular people options I really like the Nicole Miller or Xscape gown.

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