I was invited by a friend to attend a pool party at her country club.
Knowing that country clubs often have dress codes, I visited the club's website. There are rules about dress for the workout room, proper attire on the golf course and guidelines on what not to wear to play tennis. For events at the clubhouse, the rule is basically "keep it nice." So, nothing faded, ripped, worn, or too immodest.
Well, that was easy. The event would be by the pool, but (swimsuits not withstanding) I figured the same rules would apply. I decided on an ensemble similar to the one pictured above: A black and white maxi dress with a bold, graphic print. Also like the photo, I opted to pull my hair back and wear small earrings. Since the event was held in the evening, I wore black liquid liner. I skipped eyeshadow and wore a nude lipstick to keep it from being "too much." A red crococile handbag added that pop of color, and the sunglasses I wore against the late-afternoon sun finished the look in style.
I looked fabulous, even if I do say so myself.
There were one or two other women in maxi dresses. I also saw sundresses, sleeveless polos paired with crisp shorts that came a few inches above the knee, and flowy tunics with nice jeans or pants. There was one woman who was a bit overdressed in a sleeveless white lace sheath, heavily lined eyes, bright red lipstick and an updo that was clearly held in place with many pins, mousse and hairspray. Better a little overdressed than underdressed, I always say.
(If you just have to have this dress, by the way, you can find it at White House Black Market, currently half off and in limited sizes. You're welcome.)