Tea length dresses for black tie affairs?

Q. I am attending a black-tie event in November.  I don’t feel comfortable in floor-length dresses.  Is tea-length acceptable?  If so, what do you suggest?  Help…and hurry! 
-Black-tie challenged

A. If celebrities can walk the red carpet for the Oscars and Emmys in sophisticated tuxedos (a la Greta Garbo and Diane Keaton) and sweet tea length confections (think Sarah Jessica Parker), then it’s certainly fine for you to attend a black tie event in a dress that doesn’t skim the floor. Here are a few favorite finds:

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velvet dress
Laundry by Shelli Segal
$265 at edressme.com

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BCBG Max Azria
´D Esprit´ Trimmed Point Strapless Dress
$400 at nordstrom.com

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