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Postby Hopallee » Tue Jan 05, 2010 1:54 pm

[u][b]Starlight Ball Information[/b][/u]

Need to unwind after an event filled day at Anime Boston? Then why not spend the evening swaying to your anime and video game favorites, dressed to the nines! Come join us on Saturday, April 3rd, time TBD, for a sophisticated evening of glamour at Anime Boston's Starlight Ball.

Feel a little shy on the dance floor? A beginner's ballroom dance class is also planned earlier that day for those of you who would like to learn a few moves, meet potential dance partners, or just brush up on your technique.

Our Charity Ball, unlike its other dance counterparts, is a formal event. The dress code is Black Tie "invited". This means that attendees are encouraged to wear gowns and tuxedos, although semi-formal attire is acceptable. Cosplay is welcome, but must fit in with the formality of the occasion.

The Starlight Charity Ball will be a limited capacity and ticketed event. Anyone who wishes to attend will need to sign up for a ticket before hand. Tickets will cost $3, all proceeds will go to the Central New England chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The ticket charge is designed to continue Anime Boston's commitment to charity as well as reduce the number of people who reserved tickets “just in case” and then choose not to attend the ball, not necessarily to fund the ball itself. Half of the tickets are available online, and the remainder will be made available at the convention.

[b]Note:[/b] All those with tickets need to wear proper attire to the Ball, those with tickets but without formal clothing will be denied admittance.


[u][b]Getting a Starlight Ball Ticket before the Convention[/b][/u]
The pre-sell of tickets before the convention will be available soon.

Purchased tickets will be available for pickup in the afternoon on the Saturday of the Ball outside the Sheraton Grand Ballroom.
You will need to present your Anime Boston badge for verification when picking up your ticket.

[u][b]Getting a Starlight Ball Ticket at the Convention[/b][/u]

An additional block of tickets will be available for sale in the afternoon on the Saturday of the Ball outside the Sheraton Grand Ballroom. Attendees will only be allowed to line up a maximum of 30 minutes before ticketing opens. Each person in line will only be able to request one ticket.

For a more thorough breakdown of what is or isn't appropriate, please check our [url=http://animeboston.com/events/dress_code/]Dress Code Page[/url] and [url=http://animeboston.com/events/formal_dance_guide/]Formal Attire Inspiration Page[/url] . If you are ever in doubt about the appropriateness of your planned attire, please do not hesitate to contact us! We are happy to advise you. Anime Boston staff reserve the right to deny entry to the ball to anyone inappropriately attired.

We have a lot more planned for you, so please check back for more updates as we draw closer to the event!

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Postby Broken Shinigami » Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:05 pm

[color:blue]Awesome! Hopefully I'll be able to attend this year. When will ticket sales go up? Hopefully I'll remember to go to the dance class.. haven't done Ballroom in ages lol I was wondering about the appropriateness of the outfit I wish to wear.. I was thinking of attending as Austria from Axis Powers Hetalia. Here's a pic of the costume I'm getting.. [url=http://www.cosplayfu.com/_Product/763_B.jpg]Austria Costume.[/url] I know not to wear Military boots to the event, I have a very nice pair of Mens Dress shoes that I found. Thank you in advance! [/color]
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Postby Hopallee » Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:24 pm

Outfit looks great. We won't post the tickets till we can solidify the exact time, so it should be a little while.
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Postby chaobunny » Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:57 pm

One question- Saturday night? Will that conflict with the masquerade in any way? :o
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Postby Hopallee » Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:35 pm

More than likely there will be some overlap, the masquerade is 3 hours, the ball is 4 and the normal dance is 4+ hours, all are slated to happen in the evening and there are only so many hours available. That being said looking at the preliminary schedule it should be something like the first hour or so of the ball overlaps with the last hour or so of the masquerade. What we're aiming for is even if it isn't possible to do both in their entirety it possibly to do most of both. But in the end its up to the programming gods.
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Postby Phantom 1 » Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:22 am

That's pretty much always the case, the ball interfering with panels and the what not though I too am curious as to why it's on Saturday this year and not Friday, not that I'm complaining.

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Postby Vu » Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:50 pm

Well, our Programming Staff had to move stuff around. Just trust in them and wait in the coming weeks for any news or announcements that may arise! It will make sense in the end. :)
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Postby midnight » Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:37 pm

I have a question about ball attire, My friend and i will be going a Suiseiseki(i a very nice velvet dress) and Souseiseki(in an equally nice jumper suit with a top hat) from Rozen maiden that day would that be sad-is-factory to wear to the ball?

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Postby Hopallee » Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:41 pm

[url=http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a342/kyubi_chan/Anime%20Images/souseiseki.jpg]This Outfit[/url] is fine as long as you wear tights (they make the shorts more formal). It looks like a button down ruffled shirt with a loose velvet jacket like layer over the top. So it should be fine. As for the dress, [url=http://sugardune.net/wegetsignal/media/rozme-wave_suiseiseki.jpg]this[/url] would be fine as well.
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Postby lawlietcupcakekiss » Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:00 pm

well now this is going to be difficult. Masqurade over the ball? idk which one to chose. well i had more fun at the ball last year than i did the masqurade. But the masqurade is so epic!....hmmm serious thinking happening now

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Postby danna » Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:49 pm

So would it be possible to attend the ball a bit late if you stay till the end of the masquerade? Or to attend the ball would I have to leave the masquerade early? I've never done the ball before but I was thinking about attending this year, so I don't really know how it runs.

Would something alone the lines of [url=http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/ad348/dannamonster/Short-Sleeves-Ruffle-Bow-Lolita-Dre.jpg]this[/url] be way too informal?
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Postby Miyu chan » Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:55 pm

You are welcome to arrive late to the ball, as long as you picked up your ticket earlier in the day.

As for the dress, it's hard to tell on the dressform, but as long as it reaches your knees and you pair it with appropriate shoes, it's quite lovely.
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Postby Chiisanahime » Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:46 pm

The dress code says that dresses should be "at least knee length". But there are a lot of formal dresses that are mini, such as this: http://www.forever21.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=FOREVER21&category%5Fname=dress%5Fdressy&product%5Fid=2065071609&Page=3

Would I be denied at the door if I wore something like this?

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Postby theorangecat » Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:24 pm

[quote=Chiisanahime]The dress code says that dresses should be "at least knee length". But there are a lot of formal dresses that are mini, such as this: http://www.forever21.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=FOREVER21&category%5Fname=dress%5Fdressy&product%5Fid=2065071609&Page=3

Would I be denied at the door if I wore something like this? [/quote]

That looks very short from the photo.

Think of it this way - when you turn or do a spin in a skirt or dress when you're dancing, the bottom comes up. If you turned in a dress of that length, it is likely that your undergarments would be exposed. We don't want that to happen. I'm going to say that's too short.
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Postby Chiisanahime » Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:58 pm

If that's the concern, would it make it alright to wear opaque tights? =3

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Postby theorangecat » Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:08 pm

If it was longer, say, hitting at the knee, it would be okay - and if that's where it hits on you, that's fine - but on the model, it looks to be about mid-thigh, which is not formal.
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Postby Chiisanahime » Sat Jan 09, 2010 12:45 am

One more question ^^; The info. page for the Starlight Ball makes it seem like there will only be "slow dancing". Is that true?

Because I don't have a dance partner and don't much feel like dancing the night away with a stranger (or standing around awkwardly with all my other single friends) D=

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Postby Vu » Sat Jan 09, 2010 3:13 am

Yep, since this will be a formal ball, there will be slow dancing.

Do not be afraid! There will be a casual, informal lesson earlier that day. You might meet someone new there and possibly have someone to dance with! In addition, there will be tables in the room, so there are indeed places to sit and mingle with friends or anyone else you know.

I hope that helps!
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Postby Hopallee » Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:08 am

And I will add that you shouldn't think of it as slow dancing as in the typical awkward "high school sway". The ball is an event that highlights formal ballroom dances, so waltz, foxtrot, rumba and tango, some of which (foxtrot and tango) can be quite up-beat. Ballroom dancing is a social form of dance, the idea is to mix and mingle with various dance partners, which is made less awkward because instead of just swooning and looking into each others eyes, you are practicing and enjoying a skilled activity together, with turns, corte's and promenades.

We also have dance hosts; people of both genders who know at least the basic steps, with a special corsage who will never turn down at least the first request to dance. These very friendly folks are there specifically for people who are a little shy and don't want to approach total strangers right away.

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Postby Edokun519 » Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:09 am

just to be 100% sure before I go getting all excited and inviting my friends to come with me xD

the rules say military uniforms are considered formal wear.

http://www.anicosfun.com/store/images/FMA-COS2.gif

so is this okay? It's the military uniform from Fullmetal Alchemist, which is what my friends and I will mostly be wearing.
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Postby midnight » Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:39 am

check the inspiration guide to confirm but i think there is a picture of a similar suit under suggestions:military.

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Postby Miyu chan » Sat Jan 09, 2010 2:03 pm

The Fullmetal Alchemist Uniforms are appropriate, provided you replace the boots with dress shoes.
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Postby LadyHawke » Sat Jan 09, 2010 3:53 pm

[quote=Edokun]http://www.anicosfun.com/store/images/FMA-COS2.gif

so is this okay? It's the military uniform from Fullmetal Alchemist, which is what my friends and I will mostly be wearing.[/quote]

I never thought that the regular uniforms would be considered "formal" since they are more like BDUs than Dress Blues. (For example, a soldier may wear dress blues to a wedding, but not the fatigues he wears on a daily basis while on duty.) That was my reasoning. However, *I* never asked, so I guess I was wrong! I opted to go with the dress uniform, seen VERY infrequently in the anime/manga.

Anyway, [url=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v239/beaviskitty/Anime%20Boston%20Formal%20Ball/FullMetalSamasHughes.jpg]THIS is what I did in 2007 [/url] (the only year I went to the ball... yeah, I am wearing heels. You just can't see them.) Please ignore the fact that I look like an idiot here. I take crappy pictures, and the Hughes cosplayer was so full of win that I just HAD to get a photo with him!

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Postby Edokun519 » Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:29 pm

[quote=Miyu chan]The Fullmetal Alchemist Uniforms are appropriate, provided you replace the boots with dress shoes.[/quote]

awesome, thanks. already got shiny black dress shoes for the occasion <3

@lady hawkeye: Well there is the formal outfit, yes, but i'm poor @_@ On top of that my hotel is a 1/2 mile from the con and i'd have to walk back, so i'm keen on being able to wear what i'm already wearing XD

But pretty cosplay, I like =3
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Postby Edokun519 » Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:45 am

I apologize for the double post but it won't let me go back and edit it XD;

My friend is going to be cosplaying Domo Goro to Anime Boston and she was wondering if she put a bow tie on him if that would work? She did it at AAC and they agreed that was about as formal as Domo could get.
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Postby Hopallee » Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:47 pm

Unfortunately a bow-tie alone does not a formal outfit make. The overall outfit would have to follow the dress code, so slacks and a suits jacket (or formal wear from another country like japan or china) and nothing that blocks or field of vision, so not a full head piece.

And I disagree that that' the most formal Domo could get, how about a brown suit with gloves and a domo inspired hat?
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Postby Isingaforyou » Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:34 am

This might have been stated before and I've read the rules, but can you explain why boots aren't allowed in the dance? If it's a part of a military uniform then it makes sense to wear boots.

Maybe it's just me but saying "No boots" to a military uniform is pretty much like saying a military uniform isn't formal enough. : /

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Postby Hopallee » Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:18 pm

Has that question been answered before? Only several dozen times, every year for the past 4 years. *twitch*

But I digress. :-) I [url=http://forums.animeboston.com/showtopic.php?tid/9388/]reposted[/url] the Formal Ball FAQ over in Other programming as it had dropped past the first page.
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In the vast majority of cases boots are informal footwear, and while we do recognize that there are some types of dress boots, we remind you that this is a dancing event, and boots are not kind to dancers' feet or dance tile. Thus no boots are allowed at the ball.”

This is a dancing event first, costume event second, and boots are not appropriate dance footwear for a range of reasons.
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Postby DeathBruzer » Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:07 pm

Are ties required?

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Postby Miyu chan » Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:59 pm

If you are following men's western formal attire, yes, ties are required. A suit just isn't formal enough without one, sorry.
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Postby Kiarrens » Tue Jan 12, 2010 11:08 am

Ack. Scheduling is going to be harsh this year... Conflicting with masq is a major issue (even if it is just an overlap) since my masq outfit doesn't really allow for a quick change into more ball-appropiate attire. :( Curses. Guess I'll be missing it this year....
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Postby LadyHawke » Tue Jan 12, 2010 12:03 pm

Awww-- come on! Just throw on a dress or something afterwards. If you are worried about having "wig hair", you can wear another wig. Or something. I WILL EVEN PACK AN EXTRA DRESS FOR YOU.

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Postby PatrickD » Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:28 pm

[quote=ladyhawke78](Will be a bummer not to see you there... in the ONE YEAR I'm actually able to go as well!)[/quote]
Since it won't be against Anime Unscripted or The Chibi Project, I might finally be able to go too! (Depends when my other stuff is scheduled, of course...)
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Postby PavvyPower » Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:50 pm

I am incredibly excited! <3 Ballroom! :D

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Postby Kiarrens » Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:47 pm

[quote=ladyhawke78]Awww-- come on! Just throw on a dress or something afterwards. If you are worried about having "wig hair", you can wear another wig. Or something. I WILL EVEN PACK AN EXTRA DRESS FOR YOU.

(Will be a bummer not to see you there... in the ONE YEAR I'm actually able to go as well!)[/quote]
Aw Jeni. *^^* I can certainly try... Especially since I now have a boyfriend to dance with there!
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Postby Enacragus » Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:33 pm

I'll be in his uniform, like in this pic:
http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs43/f/2009/119/1/1/Hetalia___England_by_HikariMimamoto.png

I will wear dress shoes with it. And the recommendations for Ball attire do approve of military uniforms, as long as you wear dress shoes with it.

But here's the determining kicker. I'm a girl. I do a really good job of hiding my woman's shapes with the costume and other methods, but my face still is relatively girlish. They would probably guess that I'm a girl.

Is there a rule that says I can't wear a formal guy's uniform? It would seem a bit rude for them to be able to tell girls that they have to wear dresses and boys have to wear suits.

But will I be able to pull it off?

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Postby Hopallee » Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:39 am

That [b]would[/b] be rude... not to mention sexist. :-P If you read the dress code carefully you'll notice we're fairly clear that cross dressing done tastfully is A-OK with us. You're uniform will be fine.

example quote from dress code: "Female Attire:
Those dressing in female formal wear (regardless of their own gender)..."
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Postby ZenErik » Sat Jan 16, 2010 11:14 am

I'm excited for this! I wanted to go to the ball last year but didn't get a ticket. Hopefully I find a dance partner and also don't fall on my face numerous times. I won't be missing that dance class. :)

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Postby DeathBruzer » Sun Jan 17, 2010 9:53 am

Is white alright?

I was thinking of doing this for the ball.

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Postby MaCaBrE_totchi » Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:00 am

I feel the need to point out that, even in real militia, boots are not formal. Boots tend to go along with civilian or informal, and are what you wear when on the field.

However, in such cases that formal wear is required, boots are not permitted. I don't imagine it's any different for armies in anime.

I didn't even notice this until my friend(in the National Guard) read her dress code for me. ^.^;

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Postby theorangecat » Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:21 am

[quote=DeathBruzer]Is white alright?

I was thinking of doing this for the ball.

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/onepiece/images/e/e3/Garppic.png[/quote]

Looks good to me. I would suggest watching the length of the cape though - the bottom is cut off in the photo, so I don't know how long it is, and we wouldn't want anyone to trip over it. If it is longer, I would suggest that you take it off when you're going to dance, or you could leave it off the costume all together - it's perfectly formal without it.
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Postby ZenErik » Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:25 am

I think I'll just use some pieces from my Tomoya cosplay and swap out some stuff as well. Will keep the white button up and red tie. Probably swap out the school blazer for my black corduroy blazer and the blue pants for some black ones as well. And the brown dress shoes for black ones too, haha.

Or perhaps just change everything altogether and swap out the white button up for some purple and the red tie for either white or black. I think that'd look pretty snazzy. :)

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Postby DeathBruzer » Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:51 am

I'll probably just leave it at the hotel room.

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Postby nekomimi-one » Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:42 pm

Hey i have 2 questions....

1. I'm cosplaing as Aoyagi Ritsuka, and i was wondering if it is to informal for me to wear a white button down, black tie, black blazer, black slacks, black formal shoes, and (the part that could get me in trouble) my ears, tail, and (maybe) my collar with a bell? (the bell might be a bit much)

2. I know that this may not make a difference but it doesn't hurt to ask... if I am there with my boyfriend (I'm a male and bi) will it be to objectionable if I dance with him?

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Postby Miyu chan » Tue Jan 19, 2010 1:25 pm

1. The outfit sounds fine. I think that a collar with the tie might be a little cluttered, but if you want to replace the tie with the collar, it would still be appropriate.

2. Of course not. We're incredibly relaxed about partners. Guys dance with guys, girls dance with girls, guys dance with girls who are dressed as guys...we don't discriminate.
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Postby nekomimi-one » Tue Jan 19, 2010 2:34 pm

thank you very much... its just that the only other cons that i have been to have dances instead of balls...
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Postby Edokun519 » Wed Jan 20, 2010 3:07 pm

One more question.. girl characters aren't required to wear dresses, right? You said girls dressed up as guys aren't required to but what about girl characters?

My character is female but wears a military uniform. And wouldn't be caught dead in a dress... It'd be a bit sexist to require all girl characters to wear a dress when for many it'd be quite out of character. =/ I'd asked before about the uniform but I didn't really think about this little detail until recently ^^;
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Postby bchan » Wed Jan 20, 2010 3:55 pm

I'm thinking of doing a few things for the ball, but i dont know if one of them would be acceptable or not. for saturday im going to be lady gaga, and i wanted to make a formal version of one of her outfits so i could do her for the ball as well. i know dresses are supposed to be to the knees, but what f i had a dress underneath that was above my knees, like this --> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=350305160962&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
but then over that i would be covered in lace, down past my knees, like the way she has it here, only longer --> http://www.mtv.com/news/photos/v/vma_09/gaga_looks/gaga_vma09_looks2.jpg
would that count or not cuz you can see through lace?
thanks for the help!

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Postby Miyu chan » Wed Jan 20, 2010 4:23 pm

As long as your girl character follows the dress code, she isn't required to wear a dress. You can wear a military uniform with slacks, or a women's suit. Both are acceptable replacements.
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Postby Hopallee » Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:06 pm

It's really a matter of degree if you're wearing a mini-skirt and a see though layer over it. I'm still gonna see an lot of leg and its still something that you're going to get talked to if you wear to the office. If you have a solid skirt a few inches above the knee and a lace layer a few inches past that, that would be fine. Basically, if you're wearing a two layer skirt, the solid layer needs to be *close* to knee length, if not exactly knee length but definitely nothing above mid thigh. Again a good real life guideline for skirt length is "is this formal enough for a professional setting"?

It's definitely possibly to make a formal lady gaga outfit though. Personally if I had to pick something I would wear skinny, skinny white pants a white turtle neck and a tailored white jacket with bold make-up, big shiny jewelry and a white crown a la Bad Romance.... but I digress :-)
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