Fashion over 50: Black Tie Dress

I mentioned to y’all that Mark and I went to a fun Marietta Square Gala the weekend before my birthday.  It was Black Tie which meant I needed a long dress.  I have a few ankle length black dresses, but decided to shop online and see what I could find.  I ordered 2 dresses from Macy’s and one of them I fell in love with and kept.  I felt so good in it and it will be a dress that I can wear for many years to come for any Black Tie event that we may go to.

A little black dress is always good to have in the closet!


I love the feel and fabric of this dress.  The brand is Alex Evenings.  It was on sale for $120 when I ordered it at the end of November, but now I see it’s been marked down even further and you can get it for $84, using Macy’s coupon codes, just in case you need a little black dress.

Alex Evenings Ruched Slit gown (affiliate link)


I love the ruching in the bustline and waistline, very flattering.  It’s lined and has a slit above the knee which doesn’t open too high. Believe it or not, I wore stockings with this dress!  I don’t always, but with the closed toed shoes I had on, it really was nice to wear nude stockings.  I do not wear hose with open toed shoes, however, although I see older women doing that, it’s not a look I think is flattering.  In the summer, I opt for no hose.

These shoes I found a year ago at TJ Maxx, so can’t link those.


The dress hits me just a couple of inches from the ground so I don’t have to worry about it dragging.


I loved the silver bling neckline with jewels all around the top and back as well. I didn’t get a real good close up, but it’s large rhinestones set on the straps.


I added this faux fur leopard collar jacket I found at the Atlanta mart last year and it’s the perfect little black dress jacket.


Here’s a look at my makeup.  I used a sort of copper color on my eyes and the lipstick is that favorite Boots stick that I love, called Statement. Earrings I’ve had for a long time.


I took pics outside before it got dark and before we left, we took a couple of pics by the tree, Mark, my handsome guy and me. We had such a great time that night, such a fun birthday celebration.  It’s not often I get dressed up this much so it was very fun to do.


The little dog that lives at my house, Cody, loves Mark and wanted to get in on the picture too, so here’s a funny outtake picture.  Cody is my roommate, Rhonda’s dog and he adores Mark.

That’s a look at Fashion over 50 and the Black Tie event.  Thank you as always for stopping by this week!

- Rhoda


  1. Hi Rhoda, You look so lovely! I knew Mark was a jewel but if dogs and children love him – he’s perfect! Merry Christmas!

  2. Rhoda, you looked fabulous in that lovely gown and Mark was dapper. Glad you had a lovely evening!

  3. What a good looking couple yall make !

  4. You look GORGEOUS!!! I know Mark must have been proud and happy to have a beautiful woman on his arm!

  5. donna zoltanski says:

    pretty dress, pretty lady, pretty couple! Happy Birthday – Merry CHristmas!

  6. You look fabulous!

  7. Beautiful! I love your dress; very timeless, you’ll have to find another place to wear it – and age appropriate which we don’t always see on people our age haha – very pretty on you!

  8. You look lovely Rhoda….black is always fashionable. I received my giveaway book and I look forward to reading it over the holidays. Thanks for your generous giveaway!!

  9. Rhoda, you and Mark both look smashing! I just noticed the ring on your left hand…did you forget to tell us something???

  10. You are stunning! Now you need to find more reasons to dress up. Love the pictures of the two of you. Yup, Mark’s a keeper…dogs are an excellent judge of people.

  11. Hi, Rhoda Can you tell me the color and brand of hose you are wearing? Beautiful photos. Thank you. Love the dress.

    • In case you don’t get a reply I can suggest Nordstrom brand hose. Beautiful colors, very silky and look lovely.

    • Nancy, those are Hanes pantyhose in a Nude shade. I’ve actually had them in my drawer for a long time and they were brand new, but hopefully Hanes still sells hose.

      • I actually think the nude hose looks good with attire such as yours. Yes, I’m older and don’t wear hose of any kind but they just make your legs look nicer! lol

  12. Rhoda, you are stunning.. and you all are a beautiful couple…love the dress!

  13. You look stunning Rhoda! The dress is gorgeous. Love the back detail. And, the pop of leopard is darling.

  14. what a beautiful couple! i can’t believe how reasonable that dress was, for how fancy it looks!

  15. You look stunning in that dress. I wish I’d met you at the Pilgrimage gala. My husband & I decided to go this year since our home was on tour.

  16. Oh how lovely you look, and Mark is very handsome. Perfect outfits for a formal event. Merry Christmas to you both.

  17. Beautifull dress Rhoda, you both look divine. I’d love to know what foundation you wear also, thanks for sharing so much of yourself with us!

    • Hi, Mary, I’m wearing It cosmetics CC Cream in Fair. I started using this based on other bloggers suggestion and really like it. It covers, but isn’t too heavy. Here it is at Ulta, my affiliate link. It takes very little, less than a pea size to cover. I also bought the brush that goes with it for application and it really smooths it all out. Lasts a long time on the face and using it from the container too.

  18. Lovely couple and lovely dress. Wishing you and your a Merry Christmas and a blessed 2017.
    Marilyn and family

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  20. diane way up north says:

    You look like Cinderella Rhoda! What a lovely dress. Bet y0u had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

  21. How beautiful you look! A lovely dress. I hope you had a wonderful time. Merry Christmas!!! [and thank you for sharing parts of life!]

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