Black Tie Holiday / Orange lace Maxi Dress

This holiday season was a busy one! The highlight was hubby’s birthday, and I wore an orange lace maxi dress that had a lot of nice detailing. I am not generally a fan of orange,  unless it is with brown or navy,  but this dress by L’ASTISTE by Amy,  won me over.  A black tie cocktail party was on the calendar , and this dress was suitable for the formal yet intimate setting.

orange lace maxi dress

I know. This is much less conservative than the dresses I normally wear, but as I am months away from sixty,  that window is closing soon! Wear it, I shall, and I hope you understand.

So the story of the dress is this. I was walking  to Broadway Markets,  3 weeks ago to buy Christmas gifts, you can read about that here.  I passed a boutique that had an 80% off sale, and I wandered in. This orange lace maxi dress had an illusion necklace, did not have padding- so would not make me look too busty-  and the lace was nice quality,: READ: not thin. AND the price was $11.99 — so I had to buy it.  I liked the way the beige chiffon muted the orange, too.

I love the double rows of lace at the bottom, that is what sold it in my mind. I could see it with my teal jeweled shoes, worn here by beautiful Samantha,  and that was that. One orange lace maxi dress for the woman who is rushing downtown to buy gifts, and a color blocked one too, at the same price,  that I am keeping for a winter trip to a warm place.

blue jeweled heels

You have seen both these shoes and this bag before. I got the bag on Ebay years ago.It is unique, well crafted and lightweight. The hat is OPHELIE Hats, and I bought it last year at Fox’ on the Upper East side. This jeweled hat added an almost Art Deco vibe, and it also kept my hair in place. I did wear a faux fur cape over this, as it was cold- even door to door in an Uber. The photos did not come out well with the cape, the tie was tangled and lopsided. But you can imagine , I know you can.

Below a detail shot of what I wore with the orange lace maxi dress. Accessories make such a difference!

Jeweled hat

Hubby and I had a lovely dinner out that week at Avena near us.The food there is beautifully plated, fresh, locally sourced and superb. Below a shot of the starters.

Avena restaurant

And a snap of the hotel where we met with old friends. ( one friend is someone I have known for 52 years! )

orchids in a hotel lobby

The festive week ended up at a New Year’s party at my friend’s house in The Hamptons. I got a quick snap of the outside, it was beautiful with simple white lights. Lovely friends, fabulous food and bubbly. A quiet night and festive night! Perfection.

Modern house with Christmas lights

What did you wear over the holiday season? Were you at home,  or did you travel? Was your New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day? Quiet,  or in a bustling location?

If you like the idea of an orange lace maxi dress – I love orange for red heads or those with olive skin, or very pale skin- you can look here, and here.

Please tell me about your Holidays! I hope 2018 is off to a wonderful start!the elle diaries

39 thoughts on “Black Tie Holiday / Orange lace Maxi Dress

  1. Orange and blue are so wonderful together. Talk about killer heels! The dress fits you and your curves beautifully. If you’ve got a body like yours no need to hide it.

    The hat takes the whole outfit to another level. I’m sure you turned heads everywhere you went.


    1. Thanks Suzanne,
      I love these shoes, but can only walk in them for a few minutes. I do love this strange color combination, too.
      Happy weekend.
      Xoxo, Elle

  2. I love love love this dress (what a score on the price!), and screw the whole age thing (I’m sorry, I get het up over this!). If you love it and feel great in it, there is no age limit. Why live with what someone else considers appropriate or not for your age? I hope I look half as good as you in 10 years, Elle. You look absolutely amazing. Love the hat, love the fur cloak. Happy New Year to you!

    1. Thanks Sheila.
      I always value your feedback. I did feel like I was pushing it a bit, but if not now, when ? LOL.
      I am going to another black tie event tonight…and it is super cold here..looking at my wardrobe and wondering how I will pull this off. Brrr.
      Love Elle

  3. That is a beautiful dress, dear Elle, and the price, wow! I am like you, not such a fan of orange, but sometimes I can wear it! It was beautiful the way you wore it, the lace being good, the hat, the shoes and wow, meeting some friends that one you know for 52 years! That is so nice, to keep such a friendship! You looked very beautiful and festive! Happy new year, dear Elle!

    1. Thanks Denise!
      Yes so wonderful to have friends for so long, I am lucky indeed.
      Happy New Year to you and a wonderful weekend, too.
      Xoxo, Elle

  4. You’d have given Samantha a run for the money in this outfit, I mean a brisk walk in those heels! Really stunning outfit. And I love how you’ve spun at $12 dress into a million bucks. And the strapless illusion is excellent. Time spent with friends sounds like the perfect start to a new year. May you have a wonderful 2018!

    1. No way could o do a brisk walk in these babies. I slow and gracious walk for under 200 seconds, is about what I can do. Beautiful Samantha could run rings around me, as it should be, i am 3 times her age, and is is a divine person. A rare person.
      Yes so far, headlines not withstanding, 2018 is off to a good start
      You too, my fabulous and inspiring friend!
      Xoxo, Elle

    1. Thanks so much Jacqui,
      I did indeed have a fabulous time.
      Thanks so your vote of confidence.
      Happy New Year 🎆
      Xoxo, Elle

  5. Wow, that is such a stunning dress! I love the blue shoes with the orange lace too. And I agree with Sheila, wear what you like no matter your age! I bet you felt amazing in this dress, you certainly looked it! That won’t change when you get another year old, so continue to wear what makes you happy 🙂

    Happy new year! Hope that 2018 is going well for you! We’ve been enjoying the warmer weather with some pool time, as it has been a particularly humid summer so far the pool has been a good idea!

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    1. Thanks dear Mica,
      I did feel good, if bit self conscious!
      Enjoy the pool time with your beautiful family!
      Xoxo, Elle

  6. Great looking dress for the price it very pretty. I kept it simple this year white dress since I went to a all white party.

    1. Yes, when I was writing about this color I was thinking of you!
      I am so glad you like this look.
      Happy New Year and have a wonderful weekend!
      Xoxo, Elle

  7. Elle, it is unbelievable that this wonderful dress had this amazing price! And I know for sure you are even able to wear such a dress when you are 95 – what is I think in your case in 70 years. Your husband must be still so in love with you and he had with you in this fantastic outfit such a beautiful wife again. It is wonderful you celebrated the holidays – I did pretty the same and I’m still out of town 🙂
    With love, Rena

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