This is the ballgown I found rather serendipitously yesterday (after I had given up, don't you know!):
Technically, it's called a "prom dress" and is actually cocktail-length (i.e. between knees and ankles). I'm a bit too short for a full-length gown...probably end up tripping about all over the place without wine...
Anyway, this dress is ivory satin with a black lace overlay, and some crinoline underneath for volume. It's very 50s.
I'll be wearing a pair of black satin pointy-toed kitten heels with velvet trim that I bought in the US last year:
This is my evening bag. The ribbon handle is a rich shade of peacock teal. The flower is mother of pearl and its stalky bit is marcasite. It's the colour of that ribbon that would cause me to get a peacock mask - if we have to supply our own masks, that is. I nearly bought a little peacock feather do-dah for my hair but decided against it after I remembered we'd be wearing masks. (I like teal/aquamarine and I like peacocks...)
And the real fur stole for my shoulders, which, believe it or not, cost less than the fake or feathered ones. And because it's real, doesn't matter that it's brown.
So all I am stuck on now is jewellery. My mother tells me to accessorise with pearls. The older women I've asked agree.
I don't like pearls and rarely wear my studs and bracelet (have no necklace).
The younger women I've asked recommend black jewellery, like this:
Too much black and too busy (consider the dress lace)...
I'd prefer a choker if anything. And the more I look at this, the more reasonable pearls seem.
So here I am, happy but stuck...