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I am going to be attending my first AF Dining Out, and I have NO IDEA what kind of dress would be appropriate. I know this is an extremely formal function, and it is really important to me that I find the right dress. Casn any one point me in the right direction as far as length, style, colors, ect? Links, pics, or descriptions are all welcome and appreciated!
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I know that for the Marine Corps Dining Out you have to cover your shoulders or your spouse gets fined. So at the very list make sure you have a shall.

A cocktail dress should be fine, I don't think you need a full length gown.
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not your prom dress, that's a good start Click here to enlarge

When in doubt, go elegant and simple. Save the knock-em-out dress for a trashy Army Dining Out, they are much more tolerant Click here to enlarge
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not your prom dress, that's a good start Click here to enlarge

When in doubt, go elegant and simple. Save the knock-em-out dress for a trashy Army Dining Out, they are much more tolerant
oh fuck, so the poufy, bright blue dress with beaded flowers on it is out then? Click here to enlarge
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It depends. I've seen ladies wearing floor-length gowns and I've seen some wearing tea-length--either way, it's considered a formal so make sure you aren't wearing something trashy (or else your spouse will never live it down!). The best thing I can suggest is to ask someone else what they are wearing and go with something similar.

Sorry I can't help you more but I was always wearing mess dress!
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It depends. I've seen ladies wearing floor-length gowns and I've seen some wearing tea-length--either way, it's considered a formal so make sure you aren't wearing something trashy (or else your spouse will never live it down!). The best thing I can suggest is to ask someone else what they are wearing and go with something similar.

Sorry I can't help you more but I was always wearing mess dress!
Click here to enlarge I wish I could ask someone! My DH is graduating from OTS, hence the dining out thing. All of our friends are enlisted, and I don't know any of the OT spouses. My natural taste for evening apparel tends towards the trashy/prom dress stuff so I am totally screwed, lol.
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Please don't dress like you're going to your prom, like so so many people do Click here to enlarge

Something like this http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2952044/...bo=6001769&P=1

With a simple wrap and faboo shoes. But I'm a huge fan of the little black dress Click here to enlarge

http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2943599/...bo=6001769&P=2

http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2932834/...bo=6001769&P=3

http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2928472/...bo=6001769&P=4

http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2911389/...bo=6001769&P=5

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ok, thanks so much! I can see that what would be appropriate to wear to this thing is very far from what I had picked out. I'm glad I asked, lol. I am thinking I'll go with this one, as long as it accents my chub nicely
http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/2911389/...bo=6001769&P=5
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Great advice so far.

My very first dining experience at one of these functions was horrible. I was about 4 months pregnant, still with morning sickness, the tickets were paid for by dh's commander since we were broke and I had NOTHING to wear. I ended up wearing some old skirt I had with a plain jane blouse I think. I felt so out of place.

The second function was much better. I got a nice dress at the PX but I was again pregnant. Click here to enlarge

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I've avoided the military ball/dining out stuff thus far, but I figured eventually my hubby's shop would find out about my terribly tacky formal wear fashion sense (ttfwfs). I just didn't want to have to flaunt my style to a bunch of strangersClick here to enlarge
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I think that dress is perfect plus you can wear it again.
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