What Should I Wear to (What May Be) My Mother’s Last Party?

A reader seeks advice on dressing for her mother’s 90th-birthday bash.

My 89-year-old mother is turning 90 and wants a big, lavish party: a dinner for 300 guests starting at 6 p.m. that will probably go late, despite the considerable number of octogenarians who’ll attend, dressed to the nines. What do I wear to this event, which may well be my mother’s last party? — Gigi, Hackensack, N.J.

Good for your mother, and congratulations. Ninety is a rare milestone, worth dressing for and celebrating.

Given the loosey-goosey nature of party dress codes these days, the best way of thinking about what to wear is: Dress for your mom. You don’t want to

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