Coats for Tea Length Cocktail Dress

Q. I am wearing a tea-length bridesmaid dress in the middle of January.  What type of coat can I wear?  The dress is lower in the back.   

-Cover Confusion    

A. It’s best to look for a dressy jacket that is slightly cropped and doesn’t go below the hips or choose a 3/4 length that is the same length as the dress.

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left to right: Nanette Lepore Turkish Delight Jacket, $415 at; Elie Tahari Riley Wool/Cashmere Coat, $798 at; Trina Turk ‘Ellsworth’ Satin Jacket, $498 at

  • Vicki

    I need to buy 2 cocktail dresses to wear to a prestigous European MBA cocktail party event (I am the student).

    What suggestions, guidelines, and designers do you suggest. I also do not want to spend over $400. I do not want to appear frumpy, to conservative, or inappropriate. I am looking for something classic, chic, and tasteful.

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