Phoebe Tudor
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It's never easy to be a true standout at the Houston Chronicle Best Dressed announcement party, held most years in the couture salon at Neiman Marcus. But Best Dressed luncheon chair Phoebe Tudor did just that with a look that went beyond her typical mode of feminine, understated elegance.

On this evening, she decided to step outside of her fashion comfort zone. With the guidance of a stylist from San Antonio, she wore a bejeweled cocktail dress in vibrant colors by Prada and coordinated midnight blue satin pumps, also by Prada, both delivered to her home by the stylist. Her Lanvin evening bag was a find from Neiman Marcus.

"I loved this dress," she said. "I thought it was fabulous and fun and more with it, a little more out there, a little more cutting edge than what I usually wear. This was the perfect night and the perfect place to step out a bit."

As for those really high heels, the 5 ft. 8 1/2-inch tall Phoebe said that she's lucky she has such a tall husband, one-time professional basketball player Bobby Tudor. "I can wear the heels and not worry about my height," she said.

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Dressing for the Houston Symphony Opening Night Gala can be a little tricky. It's a formal affair but it's not the annual grand gala ball, where everyone ramps it up a notch. While it's fine to wear a short cocktail dress to opening night, Phoebe Tudor felt like she should wear something long since her husband, Bobby, is president of the Houston Symphony Society. So she pulled a Zac Posen gown that she had purchased a couple of years ago in Nantucket from her closet. It's simple but elegant and the purple color is eye-catching. "I'm lucky it happens to still be an 'in' color," she said. It's one of those gowns that will never go out of style.

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