black backless dress w/ slits on sleeves, nude pumps, clutch bag, chandelier earrings, bangles, cocktail ring -- all from Forever 21
It's a shame people don't throw fancy balls and black tie events all the time (apart from maybe weddings or debutante parties), because I always find dressing up for cocktails and formal occasions much more exciting. It's a fun challenge to still stand out and look sophisticated while adhering to a dress code at the same time. What I enjoy most about attending such events is observing the guests and how they carry themselves during these supposedly reserved and refined social gatherings. Especially now that we tend to veer away from tradition and sometimes don't even bother with proper etiquette, these parties prove to have very interesting and amusing results.
Although we're far from a prim and proper generation, it's always good to inject some charm, elegance, and grace in everything we do. Before abusing that open bar and letting loose on the dance floor, let's try not to throw manners and respect out the window. Remember, ladies and gentlemen: keep calm and stay classy! On the other hand, it's all right to make a fool of yourself, too. It'll make a great conversation piece in the future. :D
It doesn't cost a fortune when the fortune pays for me,
'Cause I'm a woman with taste and a girl with true ambition.
(Black Limousine -- Dragonette)