Finally, My Grad Ball and Convocation Dresses!

Grad Ball Dress: Sue Wong Coral Strapless Appliqué Dress

So I initially wanted to wear the Catherine Malandrino dress (below) but the fact that it was a bit too casual worried me. So I went hunting on NM, BG, Saks, NAP, Outnet, Bluefly, and Nordstrom again and I found a new dress from NM. Although I ordered a size 0, it was still too big on top and I had to go alter it. The couturière kept on pointing to my chest and saying “peanut peanut!!!” I had no idea what she was rambling about in Italian but she seemed like she knew what she was doing lol. Now that she fixed the dress a week later, I guess “peanut” means “perky” cuz my chest area sure looks like it from the pix (I’m wearing the same bra underneath as I first tried it), unless she was saying the size of my boobs are like that of a peanut LOL

^Photo from Neiman Marcus


I plan on wearing my Bottega Veneta Knot clutch in black satin, these earrings and a ring to compliment the dress.

Again, I wanted to go for a red-gold theme and wanted to add black accents since my clutch is black. I envisioned large coral-red chandelier earrings in gold setting with black jewels. So it was REALLY hard to find exactly what I had in mind. I almost gave up thinking that I’d just go for regular gold or black earrings (and I actually ordered a pair of black lucite elongated Marquis earrings from Alexis Bittar). However, I was so fortunate to have stumbled on another site while googling “coral earrings” and found these beauties! They’re almost exactly what I imagined! David Aubrey is a great brand making quality fashion jewelry by hand in the USA using various antique gemstones. The blue goldstones are gorgeous! I’m very happy with this purchase 😀


The Sorrelli Crystal Cluster Ring is also another fabulous purchase. I wanted a red and gold ring that would stand out from the black background of the clutch. One would think it’s easy to find a red ring… Nope! I had to scour through pages and pages of jewelry, but I do admit that it was faster to find than the coral earrings. I did some research and Sorrelli is another American brand founded by 3 sisters and they specialize in crystal jewelry.


An overview of my grad ball attire:


Runner-Up 1: Catherine Malandrino Volcano-Print Asymmetric Silk Dress

This was THE FIRST dress that I fell in love with because it was exactly what I was looking for: tie-dye print, red-gold theme, and knee-length. However it was not available in my size, so I went on in search for a substitute and ended up with the black Sue Wong Dress (not the pink one above, see below). Nonetheless, a couple of days later, this dress popped up again on sale in X-Small and I bought it without hesitation.

Although I absolutely LOVED it and it fit me like a glove, my only worry was that it may be too casual for the grad ball. I asked my dear PFers (39 voters) and the poll results came out to:
– 49% for Sue Wong (black dress)
– 33% for Catherine Malandrino
– 18% for neither dress (thus I got the Sue Wong coral dress above lol)

^Photo from Neiman Marcus

Runner-Up 2: Sue Wong Black/Gold Embellished One-Shoulder Asymmetric Dress

Although I was very impressed with the designer’s handiwork, the dress was at least one entire size too big on me (but it wasn’t that large for me to go alter it), therefore it didn’t look that flattering. I had to “hold myself” or else the dress just “draped” on me, rather than hugging my curves. I really didn’t like the chest and arm areas on this dress, especially since I’ve gained some weight recently. Then to my shock, after taking the dress out a couple of days later, I found the back area unravelling and beads falling everywhere (see pic)! I didn’t touch the dress since last time I tried it on, so I didn’t understand how it was already self-disintegrating! So I returned it.

^Above: Stock pictures from Neiman Marcus


Convocation Dress: Maggy London Blue Cotton Floral Dress

The dress fits me really well except around the waist area. The pleats pop out and make me look preggo… I’ll have to ask the same seamstress to fix it for me and also maybe bring up the hem… I know it’s supposed to be longer and hit right under the knee, but I like shorter 😀

An overview of my convocation outfit:
Chanel Reissue
Tiffany Bead Bracelet
Swarovski crystal earrings
David Yurman Albion ring
Louboutin Altadama in Royal Blue watersnake

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