Ask The Mommy Stylist: What Should I Wear to a Semi-Formal Business Dinner?

By Kristin Hull

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Dear Mommy Stylist,

I need to find a dress to wear to a semi-formal dinner when I accompany my husband on a business trip. It’s a golf weekend in Pebble Beach in June for executives and their spouses. I know how to dress for my job, for being a mom, for hanging out – but the corporate wife thing is totally out of my comfort zone. I want to look nice, but still like me. I already have a black dress so I’d like to find something colorful as an alternative.


(We contacted Julee to get a little more information about her likes and dislikes and found out her favorite stores are Zara, Loft and H&M; her favorite designer is Marc Jacobs; she likes the fifties “Mad Men” style, prefers solid-colored garments and is not into florals, pastels or anything too trendy. She has a slim apple-shaped figure and needs a style that will hide her post-baby tummy.) 

Dear Julee,

Based on everything you told us, we’ve found some great dresses that fit the “business-appropriate” criteria and are under your $200 price limit. The important thing is to look attractive but not sexy, and stylish but not flashy. And because you’re child-free for the night, take the opportunity to wear high-heels, or at least wedges. If you need something to keep away the chill at night, try a waist-length blazer or cardigan. Lastly, be sure to apply moisturizing cream to your legs; it will make them look, and feel, silky smooth all night.

(top row, left to right)

Lines of Poetry Dress ($89.99/Modcloth – free shipping):

Ignite the Night Dress ($52.99/Modcloth – free shipping): 

Moonlight Marvel Dress ($177.99/Modcloth – free shipping)

‘Tis a Shift to Be Simple Dress ($52.99/Modcloth – free shipping):

Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique Pleateed Front V-Neck Dress ($138/Nordstrom – fre shipping both ways!)

(second row, left to right)

Donna Morgan Colorblock Peplum Dress ($49.50/Last Call):

Linger a Little Longer Dress ($177.99/Modcloth – free shipping)

Red Fifties-Style Dress ($170/Stop Staring)

Azure Allure Dress ($52.99/Modcloth – free shipping): 

Vince Camuto Draped Tunic Dress ($128/Nordsstrom – free shipping both ways!)

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