Puttin' on the Ritz

man and woman outside Ritz
'If you're blue and you don't where to go to
Why don't you go where fashion sits?
Puttin' on the ritz.'
Irving Berlin
It was David's 'special' birthday not so long ago, so we decided to push the boat out and booked a table for the dinner dance in the Michelin starred Ritz restaurant complete with a five piece live band playing tunes from the American Songbook - Saturday Live at the Ritz.
Obviously this required some careful planning of what to wear. Dress code as suggested by The Ritz was as follows ' Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie.' But what about the ladies?
First Things First - The Dress
Built in 1906 but gaining popularity at the end of the First World War with politicians, socialites, writers and actors, it became the social hub of the 1920's IT crowd. A beaded Gatsby dress was the obvious choice. 
This wasn't a fancy dress party, so I didn't want to dress as a caricature of a Flapper with the cloche hat, cigarette holder, long beads and feathers, I just wanted to acknowledge the era whilst dressing to suit my age - flappers were after all the young and frivolous girls with loose morals of the Roaring 20s, a little ridiculous for a mature woman on the cusp of her 60s. We have a number of mouth watering beaded dresses for sale in the shop, my challenge was to choose one. teal gatsby flapper dress
I settled on this Teal and gold beauty with intricate glass beads and sequins arranged in an art deco pattern and two layers of beaded tassels on the front and back. All delicately sewn on a net overlay over a plain teal slip.
Good Foundations
To give it that flawless look, One piece body suit with suspender strapsunderwear had to be carefully considered.seamed stockings on fur capeI decided that a one piece structured, and boned body suit was necessary to keep all the bulges in the right places complete with suspender straps for the seamed stockings.
Shoes
Footwear was a pair of beaded T-Bar killer 4" heeled evening shoes which I had bought for our daughter's Gatsby themed wedding 4 years ago. After the meal I disappeared to the ladies and changed my shoes ready for the evening dancing into a pair of gold T-Bar dance shoes with a slightly less challenging 2.5" heel.  Kit'n'Heels Gold T-Bar Dance Shoes                  
Finishing Touches
I had a choice of little beaded bags but opted for the bigger one on the grounds that I wanted to take my phone and glasses so I could read the menu - always a bonus. 
vintage furThe whole outfit was finished off with a vintage fur - again purchased for our daughter's wedding and a pair of beautiful vintage opal drop earrings with a matching bracelet and quite a plain necklace as I didn't want to detract from the wonderful beading on the dress. Vintage Opal drop earrings
What David Wore
David opted for his dress suit and a white shirt - off course, but we added nice little touchesself tie plain satin bow tie in teal such as the Teal Bow Tie, Pocket Square and Cufflinks Teal cufflinks to match my dress. He chose  a self tie bow tie which I spent all afternoon practising with the help of a YouTube video. To be honest, I think a pre-tied one would have been just as good and a whole lot less stressful! 
                                                  Every Picture Tells a Story

And this one is no different. Exhausted but happy waiting for my coat. We had a fantastic evening. A night we will remember always

end of the evening at the Ritz


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  • David Neal on

    Thanks Janet and Carol, it was a fantastic evening, and Colette looked amazing. Its easier for us guys in terms of choice but it was good to coordinate the accessories!

  • Janet Hughes on

    Happy belated birthday David. Fabulous dress, beautiful colour. All well coordinated.

  • Carol Williams on

    Stunning outfit. Very thoughtfully put together.


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