I've been invited to a Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards night and the dress is stated as formal. The thing is, I have no idea what to wear! My friend suggested that I just wear a black trouser suit with a nice top as that is more my style and I don't really feel comfortable wearing a dress.
You can't go wrong with a fairly plain, long black skirt and nice dressy blouse. It's fine for formal or less formal. If you are feeling festive, don a necklace and earrings. Most of all...have fun!!
It is always better to be underdressed than over dressed. What's not clear is if someone wanted to upgrade the dress at this event, compared to last year.
Check with someone you know who is on the award committee to see.
If the CofC members are casual people for the most part, just dress as you would for business. After all, this is a busness activity, not hangin' out at the lake with your toes in the water. You'll be leaving impressions with business connections at this one.
Hi, I'm from Aus too.(Melbourne) I NEVER wear dresses,(a long skirt now and then) but 99% pants. I go to some nice council functions, and I feel you would be perfectly fine in pants, black.