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High-low hem lace cocktail dress with Neo Tango sandals and vintage brooch tail decoration (all own)

Mosquito bites are never in style

Mosquitoes are really bad this year in Interior Alaska. They are like black dark clouds of little beasts. While you try to fight one off, two or three others get you somewhere else. This year, mosquitoes were really bad in Alaska. They seem to be super aggressive and do not make big choices on where they bite. It even seems like that they take your mosquito repellent for an appetizer. Thus, I got tons of mosquito bites on my back last weekend when I did some yard work.

How to hide mosquito bites in formal wear

Well all these bites do not look very stylish, fashionable or attractive. May be they look style appropriate for an outdoor hiking, hunting or fishing outfit, but they for sure are not quite the expected accessories for a semi-formal party attire. Well I was invited to attend a party with Fairbanks formal as dress code.

midlife woman looking posh chic in a cocktail dress
Lace sequin embellished cocktail dress worn over lace layering top with ethnic metal bag, and Neo-Tango T-strap dance shoes (all own)

How I treated the bites

Since the bites were swollen I had taken some anti-histamine and applied  OTC hydro-cortisone cream. However,  you don’t get rid of them over night. Mosquitoes are a plague in the cold desert of Interior Alaska.

What I wore

Fairbanks formal means that woman may show up in a cocktail dress, and it is enough when the gentlemen wear dark wash jeans and a clean, intact and ironed shirt. You see, I got a problem. To distract the eyes of the onlooker away from my back, I put a brooch at the point where the cocktail dress had the gathering of the “tail”. I also put on gold patent leather T-strap super high heels (>4.5 inch) as another focal point away from the bites. To hide the bites, I wore my lace long sleeve T-shirt underneath my lace cocktail dress. Guess, what? I thought the dress looked so much nicer with than without the shirt! What do you think?

What do you do when you got bites all over your body?

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Photos by G. Kramm

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