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hanniegirl May 29th, 2009 09:49 PM

are church dresses all right?
 
Are churchy dresses okay for formal nights? And are dressy bermuda shorts okay for ladies on other nights?

brad813 May 29th, 2009 10:01 PM

Well, that would depend. If it is an elegant dress it might work, but I would question it if it was one of those awful old fashioned style ones. Before you decide, take a look around. There are some really great discount stores like Ross out there that you may look at, and sometimes you can find great deals on websites like eBay, overstock.com, and blair.com Just look around before you make final decisions. I personally think each and every person should make their best effort to look elegant on formal night, though I am sure there are those that would not make the effort.

hanniegirl May 29th, 2009 11:31 PM

It's not a "church lady" dress at all. It's very stylish, but I wouldn't describe it as a cocktail dress.

Thanks for replying!! And for the great suggestions!!!

brad813 May 30th, 2009 03:06 AM

As long as it is stylish and not frumpy, it should work fine. I am from the south where many people wear those awful long, usually very plain, dresses to church. Too conservative for my tastes around here really.

katlady May 30th, 2009 03:19 AM

Dress shorts are allowed on Casual nights. The Church dresses sound nice on elegant nights. Brad did give you some great advice, I have gotten several "elegant night" dresses for Ross. Just last week I got a skirt suit and jacket for $14.99. Heck of a deal. TJ Max and Marshall's are also great stores. The shoes are great to. :D

brad813 May 30th, 2009 03:42 AM

I buy alot of my dress clothes at such discount stores, and my mother always hits Ross first for weddings and such that we have to attend. I am fortunate in that I am required to buy a summer suit a month before my cruise due to my younger sister getting married to someone I have nicknamed Satan(as you can tell, I don't exactly prove if I am giving the person the title of adversary(satan being from the Hebrew ha satan, meaning the adversary)). Honor bound to attend the wedding though, so at least it gets an item off my list. How are the onboard tux rentals though?

skymaster May 30th, 2009 09:28 AM

Hanniegirl, what you describe sounds PERFECT! You'll be just fine, so don't fret. Go and have a ball, and worry NOT!

Ken
"SKY"

Aerogirl May 30th, 2009 10:34 AM

I think what skymaster said is spot on. As far as “frumpy” or not “stylish” who’s anyone to decide that? If you own it, you bought it because you liked it. Don’t care what anyone else thinks. You will be very surprised what people wear on elegant night . The less you have to buy the better!
I'm sure you will look great.

flowers May 30th, 2009 12:45 PM

We wear long church dresses. Actual church dresses.

I actually have 4 formals and feel overdressed in them on Carnival. We had ladies in sun dresses that were very low cut on formal night, compared to them church dresses are dressy.

I dont wear shorts at night into the dining room. You might want to bring a pair of black slacks or something for the other nights.

joeyanddavid May 30th, 2009 12:53 PM

Although, I have no experience wearing gowns, I will interject this thought.
After seeing the dress code on cruses on the down-slide, I doubt seriously if anyone would really care.

I think the most important thing is that you feel comfortable in the clothes..If your "church" clothes make you feel "dressy" then by all means.. wear them. You will notice all degrees of fashion on a formal night.

For some men just wearing a tie and a jacket is formal to them..

Enjoy your cruise.

Joey

venice May 30th, 2009 01:02 PM

post a picture of the dress you are thinking of and we might be able to help..in New Orleans we dress up for church (even in the summer), so I think you will be ok 8)

brad813 May 30th, 2009 01:27 PM

For me, formal means tuxedo minimum, but then I tend to prefer suits for daily wear. Not just any suits either, I go for a very GQ look much preferring the haute coture of major designers like Armani, Kenneth Cole, Perry Ellis, Prada, Dolce & Gabanna, etc. Unfortunately, I can't afford most of those, so I look for a good Italian designer label that with a no vent jacket. With one of my careers, it is important I always look great so I naturally buy the best I can afford.

darmstader May 30th, 2009 01:36 PM

Most women dress in black and most ment dress in a suit / sports coat and tie on formal night. A very few will have a tux and a very few will dress casual. On all the other nights, most men dress in casual pants and women dress in casual dresses / skirts or pants.

misguidedangel May 30th, 2009 03:36 PM

I would say it would work if it is a "Sunday best" dress that can be worn to a restaurant that has a dressy, but not formal code. Think, if you can wear it to wedding, anniversary dinner at a fancy/elegant restaurant, a dressy office party, or a garden party then you will be fine.

Me, well, on elegant night I tend to wear my best dress pants (which I wear for work) and a nice dressy top that would work for a job interview or a wedding/anniversary party...

colorcrazie May 30th, 2009 03:43 PM

In response to Brad's question about on board rental of tuxes....tend to be very low end quality and very iffy fit. You'll look better in a decent suit!
Marty

punk May 30th, 2009 04:59 PM

I have worn my church dresses and looked just as good as anyone there. Hanniegirl, check out the photo galleries, most ppl post pics of their formal nights

Kamloops Cruiser May 30th, 2009 05:20 PM

Re: are church dresses all right?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by hanniegirl
Are churchy dresses okay for formal nights? And are dressy bermuda shorts okay for ladies on other nights?

Alaska cruises tend to be a little more relaxed on the dress code.
You might finf that dressy bermuda shorts are to chilly to wear in Alaska.
The Alaskan weather tends to be chiller than most of the
lower 48.

If could say what month , then you might get some better
advice .

lhp May 30th, 2009 05:59 PM

For casual nights.... just about anything goes.

For elegant night...I found a WONDERFUL Albert Nippon pantsuit (all black) at a second hand store for $37.50!

It belonged to the lady who owned the store and she had only own it once. I love it. It is comfortable...does not wrinkle....and it was only $37.50!!!

Kamloops Cruiser May 30th, 2009 07:38 PM

Did some checking , no short above the knee are allowed the main dining rooms of most cruise lines.Bermuda shorts by definition are above the knee.
Nice looking Capri's (mid - calf) are allowed on non formal nights.

venice May 30th, 2009 09:19 PM

sorry..I keep getting the picture in my mind of SNL Dana Carvey's "church lady" outfit :oops: :oops: :oops:

on a serious note..with airlines charging extra for bags, the more you can mix and match off one basic color (black for instance) then the less you have to pack, which is why a nice pair of black slacks with 2-3 tops and accessories seem to work for both formal night and every other night..it also makes it easier for us men to be color coordinated

flowers May 31st, 2009 03:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by doopydozer
Did some checking , no short above the knee are allowed the main dining rooms of most cruise lines.Bermuda shorts by definition are above the knee.
Nice looking Capri's (mid - calf) are allowed on non formal nights.

Carnival isnt "most cruise lines" and does allow shorts. I personally dont wear them at night, but Iv worn them to lunch in the dining room. Mine are longer walking shorts, so I dont have bare skin sitting on the chairs.

brad813 May 31st, 2009 04:05 PM

Personally, I don't like to wear shorts during the day. Something about me that doesn't like the feel off them normally.

katlady June 1st, 2009 12:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by punk
I have worn my church dresses and looked just as good as anyone there. Hanniegirl, check out the photo galleries, most ppl post pics of their formal nights

Here are some of my formal outfits. This one is beaded and more fancy.
http://www.cruisemates.com/gallery/g...3459/64067.jpg
This one is a black skirt with glitter top (the top left glitter everywhere LOL ). My MIL is wearing a nice black pantsuit. Which is a little more causal, but looks great on her. :D
http://www.cruisemates.com/gallery/g...4971/82476.jpg

cruisingrandma June 1st, 2009 07:30 PM

I am sure your church dresses will be great. Like someone else said.. If you bought them you like them and thats the important part. Brad you seem to be a specialist in everything to do with cruising even tho you havent been on a cruise yet. i understnad you are a TA in training. But really womans dresses!!!.. I am sure not taught in TA school. Sometimes jsut a nice necklace and earring set makes any plain dress look dressier. I depend on that trick. Little black dress is our friend.. hehehe Happy cruising. and dont worry jsut enjoy your cruise.

brad813 June 1st, 2009 10:26 PM

They teach me nothing about fashion in my travel agent program. Fashion is something of a passion of mine, and growing up around mostly women does give me a unique perspective. I am only trying to make sure she is very elegant looking, nothing more. As you have noticed on this board, I only made suggestions, nothing more. I fully allow people to make up their own mind and will admit if I am wrong. Besides, a man's point of view on a woman's clothing is always helpful given that men see women differently than women do.

hanniegirl June 1st, 2009 11:50 PM

Well, my problems have been solved! Over the weekend my sister found the cutest formal for me at Steinmart - marked way down to $13.67!! It looks great! All I need now are some silvery strappy shoes and I'm good to go.

Thanks, everyone, for your great suggestions and helpful advice!!



"Crisis averted."
- Dwight Shrute

brad813 June 1st, 2009 11:53 PM

I forgot about Steinmart...........excellent deals for men and women.

katlady June 1st, 2009 11:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hanniegirl
Well, my problems have been solved! Over the weekend my sister found the cutest formal for me at Steinmart - marked way down to $13.67!! It looks great! All I need now are some silvery strappy shoes and I'm good to go.

Thanks, everyone, for your great suggestions and helpful advice!!



"Crisis averted."
- Dwight Shrute

I wish we had Steinmart here. Someone else talked about that store so I checked out the website they have nice dresses at good prices. :D But there aren't any in California. :(

brad813 June 1st, 2009 11:58 PM

I think my closest one is in Tennessee.

puppydogeyessc June 2nd, 2009 10:45 AM

I think a church dress will just fine...

I have to say - that my "dress up night" on the fascination was very dissapointing. There were about 20 folks - out of the people that I saw - that was dressed up. THere were several people in the dining room with shorts / ball caps - just plain casual clothes. Not that I was dressed to the 9's - but I did have an a blank tank dress and my husband wore slacks/ button up shirt/ and a tie. Guess the formal night - just really didn't impress me much. :roll:


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