I'm going to a partners weekend with my boyfriend next weekend, and there's an event in the evening. He's been told the dress code is 'suit and tie and female equivalent'. I have a gorgeous dress I bought when I thought this was a formal dining in event, and I'm worried i'll look overdressed since its actually 'drinks and a garden party' type thing. I'll try and attach photos! Thought on how to dress it down? Will I look really silly if I'm a bit overdressed? If photos don't work, it's this in pale/baby blue but with a back (ties up) - www.thecelebritydresses.com/...s-evening-gown.html
Better overdressed than underdressed darling ;) Just wear small&simple earrings/necklace with it, and don't do anything to fancy with your hair if you want to keep it more simple. If the guys come in suits, probably most ladies will come in cocktail/short dresses, yours is just a bit more classy. I wouldn't worry much about that.
Dressing up for military functions is viewed as respectful. My profession doesn't really do the fancy party thing, but I'm assuming a 'military party' is a couple steps down from a 'military ball', and a ball is insanely fancy. So I'd say you're good.