I wore this to a Scholarship Ball and to a New Year's Eve Dinner/Dance. It was perfect. Lace is definitely in this year though, so there were other's there with lace dresses on. But, this dress was one of the best. I suggest black satin, peep toe pumps to go with this dress. I chose black lace, peep toe pumps (4 1/4, so I didn't have to get it hemmed, I'm a shorty) to match the dress, but plain black satin would have been better. I didn't need a necklace. I just wore some dangling rocks and a sparkly cuff bracelet.