If you are invited to a bar mitzvah, be sure to dress appropriately for this important and joyous occasion. When choosing what to wear for a bar mitzvah, keep the following in mind.
First, find out what type of synagogue you will be attending, since attire that is appropriate in a more liberal synagogue may not be acceptable in a highly orthodox synagogue.
Second, appropriate attire for a bar mitzvah is generally dressy, including suits and ties for men and dresses, skirts or dressy pants suits for women and girls. Especially in more conservative synagogues, necklines should be somewhat modest, women should cover their arms and shoulders, and dresses shouldn’t be too short.
For women planning to attend a bar mitzvah, try one of these five outfits.
Adriana Papell Embroidered Dress & Jacket from Nordstroms. Wear this beautiful dress and matching jacket to a bar mitzvah ceremony, then slip off the jacket at the reception to reveal a sophisticated dress with an embroidered, ruched silk bodice. Choose from khaki, navy or espresso. For more information about this set or to purchase it go to shop.nordstrom.com/embroidered dress.
Komarov Pleated Jacket and Dress at Nordstroms. This unique dress and jacket will move from the formality of a bar mitzvah ceremony to the festivity of the reception with ease. The pleated v-necked dress has sheer inserts at the shoulder, a softly fitted bodice and a full a-line skirt. The jacket’s three-quarter length sleeves and hem are trimmed with fun sheer flounces. For more information about this set or to purchase it go to shop.nordstrom.com/a-line dress.
Maggy London Ruched Dress at Nordstroms. This dress’s flattering silhouette will show off your figure with sophisticated style. It has a v-neck, three-quarter length sleeves and all over ruching. Accessorize with gold jewelry or pearls and add a dressy shawl. Choose it in Mediterranean blue at shop.nordstrom.com/Maggy London.
Tahari by Arthur S. Levine Metallic Jacquard Jacket and Dress at Nordstroms. Wear this metallic jacquard sheath dress with the matching jewel-neck jacket to the synagogue for the bar mitzvah ceremony, then shed the jacket at the reception for a more casual look. Gold embroidery highlighted by clear beads and tonal sequins make this ivory/gold outfit a stand out. For more information about this set or to purchase it go to shop.nordstrom.com/sheath.
Cotton Blend Tweed Front-Tie Jacket from Talbots. This sophisticated black/multi colored jacket with elbow sleeves has the look of tweed, but the comfort of light, smooth cotton. Pair it with a black skirt or dressy black slacks for a bar mitzvah or any occasion when you want to stand out with dressy elegance. For more information about this jacket or to purchase it go to www1.talbots.com.
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