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  1. Jan’s Sushi Bar
    August 16, 2012
    08/16/12
    7:21 am

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    Jan's Sushi Bar said...

    I don’t do “flourish” well, but I do have a few beaded and/or sequined shirts to go with my understated blazers and slacks for such occasions.

    And then there’s my new pair of black patent leather loafers…I kind of get giddy at the thought of them.

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  2. Maggie [The Freckled Citizen]
    August 16, 2012
    08/16/12
    8:22 am

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    Maggie [The Freckled Citizen] said...

    These picks are wonderful. Now where’s my festive event to attend?

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  3. Channon
    August 16, 2012
    08/16/12
    9:04 am

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    Channon said...

    Perfectly timed. How did you know I was wondering what on earth to wear to a “champagne toast” when the invite says “sundress festive”?

    08/18/12
    9:37 am
    Lisa said...

    Sundress festive? That is a new one:).

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  4. Susan Partlan
    August 16, 2012
    08/16/12
    9:06 am

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    Susan Partlan said...

    Great examples! I’m trying commenting this time with just my name and email to see if it goes through.

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  5. Susan P.
    August 16, 2012
    08/16/12
    9:11 am

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    Susan P. said...

    Testing.

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  6. Ida
    August 16, 2012
    08/16/12
    9:16 am

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    Ida said...

    I have never heard of a Festive ‘do’ so to give it a whirl would wear my Chanel midnight blue tux jacket with a cream ‘sparkle’ + midnight pants with maybe sparkle shoes…would this Brit pass or cause a giggle…….Ida

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  7. Jennifer
    August 16, 2012
    08/16/12
    10:10 am

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    Jennifer said...

    Basically stepping it up a notch with emphasis on “fun” it seems.
    So long as you’re still somewhere in shooting range of your comfort zone, go for it!!

    08/18/12
    9:37 am
    Lisa said...

    Yes.

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  8. Hostess of The Humble Bungalow
    August 16, 2012
    08/16/12
    10:22 am

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    Hostess of The Humble Bungalow said...

    I love that sleeveless black number!
    I don’t go in for those battery powered seasonal gizmo’s but many teachers do!
    Give me a few strands of pearls and I am a happy camper.

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  9. Whitney
    August 16, 2012
    08/16/12
    10:52 am

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    Whitney said...

    I love your suggestions here – getting people into something different but still in their comfort zone! So wonderful.

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  10. mette
    August 16, 2012
    08/16/12
    11:12 am

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    mette said...

    No festive attire events in sight, however I like the peplum dress, hopefully in some other color..
    Short sleeves are definitely not for me.

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  11. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen
    August 16, 2012
    08/16/12
    1:40 pm

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    Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

    I miss festive attire. I even miss black tie events. I need an occasion to dress up now & then. The world I live in has gotten so casual. Guess I’ll just have to make my own event.

    Your choices are excellent Lisa. Always in good taste. But do you really think people still have those Christmas brooches? I certainly hope not.
    Sam

    08/18/12
    9:38 am
    Lisa said...

    I know. I really do think about buying a ticket to some gala or other just for the excuse to dress up.

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  12. Sheryl
    August 16, 2012
    08/16/12
    2:03 pm

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    Sheryl said...

    I never would have guessed what festive attire meant! I probably would have scratched my head and then tried to dress all Christmasy. Your interpretation and guidelines are quite handy!

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  13. Eleanorjane
    August 16, 2012
    08/16/12
    3:45 pm

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    Eleanorjane said...

    Sadly I don’t live in a world of dress codes (and I’ve never heard of ‘festive’ as a dress code!).

    As someone commented above, things have gotten so casual! I miss dressing up for work and I really miss going to balls like I did at University.I love a good dress-up occasion.

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  14. kathy
    August 16, 2012
    08/16/12
    4:40 pm

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    kathy said...

    I miss the opportunity to dress-up in a festive way too. As you know, LA is so casual, which I mostly like, but it would be fun to to have a few places where festive wouldn’t seem out of place. We’ve recently moved to a new home, and I think that this post made me decide that when we give a housewarming party, I’m going to put “festive attire” as the dress code!
    I’ve never worn a sequin in my life, but that white tee-shirt is awfully tempting….

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  15. kathy
    August 16, 2012
    08/16/12
    4:59 pm

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    kathy said...

    Went to Harvey Nichol’s website and they don’t deliver to the US :(
    Had to Google, and found it at Saks, where I ordered it! Yep, at 60 now, I may begin wearing sequins.

    08/18/12
    9:39 am
    Lisa said...

    I think that tee is killer. And perfect for LA – with, as you say, jeans.

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  16. Faux Fuchsia
    August 17, 2012
    08/17/12
    3:22 am

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    Faux Fuchsia said...

    For me festive means sequins but then again, for me gardening and grocery shopping means sequins too.

    I ignore anything “casual” anyway. Life’s too short and otherwise my lovely things wouldn’t get used.

    xx

    08/18/12
    9:39 am
    Lisa said...

    Sequins ‘R’ Us?:)

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  17. Flo
    August 17, 2012
    08/17/12
    5:25 am

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    Flo said...

    FANtastic post, outta the park LPC. And look at Kathy! Not going to be denied that festive t-shirt! [Any woman who’s choreographing a house move and a wedding in the same month has earned every single sparkle on that shirt.]

    In similar spirit, I screened up a Polyvore tabula rasa yesterday, absolutely certain I was going to happily breeze through Festive, if only via Flourish. Alas, Festive AND Flourish have me stumped! Poly and I have another date today [if the storms don’t knock out our power like they did yesterday]; therefore be it resolved that before the sun sets I shall have myself ready to accept a Festive Attire invitation.

    Thank you for this challenge LPC.

    08/17/12
    5:14 pm
    kathy said...

    Hah Flo – well, we’ll see if I keep it! I’m quite an orderer and returner. My husband will be horrified by it – that’s for sure. But I’m thinking that it might be really great and unexpected, under a navy blazer with jeans? Also, if pearls light up a woman’s face, shouldn’t white sequins dazzle even more?

    08/18/12
    6:13 am
    Flo said...

    “I’m thinking that it might be really great and unexpected, under a navy blazer with jeans?”

    YES!

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  18. Susan
    August 17, 2012
    08/17/12
    6:03 am

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    Susan said...

    I have a friend who dresses festive for every occasion! She even dons festive when coming out to our farm for dinner (with me in jeans and t-shirt). I always look forward to seeing what she will be wearing. For her, festive is a trademark.

    I do have occasions that call for festive (living in Dallas) and this post is helpful!

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  19. alh
    August 17, 2012
    08/17/12
    6:07 am

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    alh said...

    This is good. It is hard to decode and I think possibly host/regionally dependent. I never know what festive” means. I’m not a mind reader. Last holiday season I attended two festive attire events. The first turned out to mean the majority of the women wore (tongue-in-cheek) holiday sweaters. There was really no way I could have anticipated that! The second, the host explained he really wanted men to wear suits but was concerned some (grad students and/or artists) might not even own suits and so was hoping for a jacket. At that party I saw everything from tuxes to shirt sleeves. Sparkly cocktail dresses to very nice jeans. No ball gowns. Some furs, usually grandmama’s unless the woman was over 80. Usually I interpret festive as less serious, more costumey. Your guides are excellent and instructive.

    08/18/12
    9:40 am
    Lisa said...

    I have no doubt that there are regional differences, as you point out.

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  20. DocP
    August 17, 2012
    08/17/12
    10:55 am

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    DocP said...

    Love your description of “festive attire”. As someone who lives in fear of getting it wrong (I had an early traumatic experience), I personally get a bit nervous when any dress code other than the very standard ones appears on an invitation. While I know that in 2012 there will be a range of formality of dress at any event, I’m always anxious about not looking like the only one who didn’t get the memo.

    08/18/12
    9:40 am
    Lisa said...

    I wrote this post for you:). Glad it worked.

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  21. jacqueline | the hourglass files
    August 17, 2012
    08/17/12
    2:21 pm

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    jacqueline | the hourglass files said...

    Complimenting someone on an item of clothing with, “that is so festive,” remains my grandma’s favorite saying.

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  22. Joyce Lau
    August 18, 2012
    08/18/12
    7:44 am

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    Joyce Lau said...

    So what’s your verdict on peplums. Do they make the waist look smaller (good) or the hips look bigger (bad)?
    Right now I am sort of tubular, as I’m still battling that last bit of baby bulge.
    To peplum or not to peplum?

    08/18/12
    9:41 am
    Lisa said...

    Oof. I will have to go and try some on. Well, that shouldn’t be too torturous:).

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  23. Mary Jo
    August 18, 2012
    08/18/12
    2:42 pm

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    Mary Jo said...

    Everyone of your picks is fabulous. I especially like the lbd update!

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