You probably already know that you should wear a suit to a job interview, but did you know that wearing a dress to a formal dinner is also considered appropriate? Dress codes vary from place to place and person to person, but in general, they’ll be clear. The trick is knowing how to accessorize with an outfit from the get-go, so you don’t end up stepping on any professional toes or looking like you’re trying too hard.
A tuxedo would be our first recommendation for anyone who goes to gala events—it’s versatile enough for almost every occasion (it just depends on whether or not it needs to be cleaned). While other pantsuits can also work well for gala events, we prefer the way women’s pants sit better around hips and waistlines with something more fitted. Both types are flattering if worn appropriately: with garters and/or heels that match your shoes.
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For women who want a little more flexibility in their attire choices, several other options are available as well—wearing glittery short shorts in black or white looks amazing under an all black suit or dress! A long skirt paired with leggings instead of stockings makes it easy for women to throw on something comfortable yet chic for an event, and dresses can be dressed up by accessorizing them with pearls and statement necklaces without having any worry about being too overdressed. We should warn you though—while not strictly required at all galas (especially if there’s no formal dress code), pinching your cheeks together makes your skin glow like there’s no tomorrow!
Finding the right balance between formality and fashion can be tricky when dressing for a gala. It’s important to dress appropriately for the event, but also to let your personality shine through.
You’re invited to a gala, where you’ll be meeting people who are important to your career. You want to look professional but also approachable. After perusing the list of dress codes, you feel that the best way to achieve this is to choose one formal and one fun outfit. Of course, it would help if you knew exactly what those words meant for each event.
Formal: Formal attire includes the expected black tie and white tie for these events. For women’s wear, one-shoulder or sleeveless dress is common. Some even wear dresses with exaggerated hemlines and daring patterns—so long as they don’t distract from the overall theme of the event.
Fun: Fun attire allows you to let loose a bit (and can still show off your best assets in front of important people). It might include a headpiece like a giant bow or feather hair accessory, some fun jewelry like suspenders or skinny jeans with an animal print design on them, or maybe even something outlandish like sheer chiffon leggings and a black lace crop top. This can also be part of your costume!
By mixing formal and fun outfits together, you’ll avoid looking too stiff or boring all at once—and model yourself as someone who’s both down-to-earth yet sophisticated at times. If your chosen outfit happens to be both formal and fun, that’s great! Just make sure your accessories match up with the invitation’s theme so that you don’t end up looking like an out-of-place carnival attraction just by showing up in a bridal gown!
The key is to follow the rules of formalwear, but to choose pieces with modern twists.
There will be many other occasions when you’ll want to look your best. There’s an old saying that it takes one minute to make a first impression, and we think it applies to formalwear as well. You don’t want people thinking you’re at a funeral or that you’ve fallen off the wagon when you get out of your car.
The key is to follow the rules of formalwear—wear a dress, or pants and a top with a t-shirt underneath—but to choose pieces with modern twists: A simple sweater coat in neutral colors will lend just enough sophistication without sending the wrong message. We like an easy fit in our jackets, so we kept ours at a lean single button.
Our shirt has been our favorite for four years now. It’s an unstructured pullover style that can be dressed up or down depending on how many buttons are undone (it also happens to be one of our favorite brands). The fabric wrinkles easily, but it’s worn regularly by us and many friends over the years because of its comfort and versatility (and maybe because we keep losing weight).
A pair of chic earrings is a great way to let your personal style shine.
The right pair of earrings can take your look to the next level. Here are some things to consider when choosing your earrings:
- How do they make you feel? If they don’t make you feel like a million bucks, don’t wear them.
- What vibe do you want to give off? If your outfit is simple, you can go for a bolder pair of earrings. If your outfit is already making a statement, stick with simple studs.
A suit jacket is a great statement piece, whether you go for bold color or use it to add texture to your outfit.
A suit jacket is a great statement piece for any outfit, whether you go for bold color or use it to add texture.
If you’re wearing a plain dress, adding a suit jacket to your outfit can help bring the whole thing together. The color and texture of this piece can be an effective way to match your purse and shoes, making it all the more fun to shop for accessories!
And if you’re going with a date who’s also wearing a suit, don’t fret about dressing in matching outfits; instead, use your suits as complementary pieces. Matching his tie or her scarf adds style without being overly coordinated.
A well-made purse can dress up any look.
A purse that matches your outfit in color and texture can dress up your look. For example, a silver or gold clutch would add pop to a black dress. A leather handbag would bring warmth to a neutral outfit. If you’re wearing a printed dress, for example, choose a bag that has at least one of the colors found in your garment.
The most important thing to remember is that your bag should complement what you’re wearing—not compete with it. Avoid large bags if you have a small frame. Choose simple styles over intricate patterns if you’re already rocking an attention-grabbing skirt or belt. The general rule of thumb is the smaller the purse, the bigger and bolder it can be—but if you have questions about what will work best for your particular outfit, consult with someone who knows fashion!
Dressing for a gala is easier than it looks!
It’s no secret that dressing up can be a challenge, especially for men. While the main goal of a gala is to impress, some guys still feel it necessary to wear the same suit every year. But you don’t need to stick with that. Even if this is your first time attending any type of formal event, we’ve got a few tips and tricks that’ll help you get dressed up in no time.
Step one: What To Wear
For men: For a formal dinner or other (more) dinner-focused event, go with a suit and tie. A bold pair of shoes are also essential: choose something classic and elegant (like loafers), but also have fun with it by choosing something flashy or bold (like brogues). If you’re aiming for a more casual affair, dress down your outfit with a simple shirt and tie or polo shirt and chinos instead. To really complete the look, wear an interesting watch—something small and stylish that coordinates with your shoes but doesn’t distract from them—and match it with an equally interesting belt (also small enough to fit neatly under your waistband). And if you want to show off some personality in between those two measurements, opt for bold accessories like chunky cufflinks or bright braces on your pants—or perhaps even make sure you’re wearing white socks!
For women: It might seem like donning a dress when heading out for dinner isn’t the ideal choice since there are so many other options out there—but trust us…it’s not as hard as it seems! In fact, our top tip is to add some color! Start by picking out an elegant evening dress; one that looks expensive yet still shows off what makes you unique. You can add subtle details like glitzy jewelry or playful hats to really make the outfit shine; alternatively, just throw on an everyday blouse underneath so you don’t have to worry about matching colors throughout the night. If you’re unsure where
So there you have it: the rules of gala dressing, simplified. It really is that easy to find a pair of chic earrings and a beautiful purse, then build your outfit around them. Even if you’re not attending a black-tie event in the near future, it’s worth buying a well-made purse because it can dress up any look. With these tips and tricks, you can confidently attend your next gala and know that your outfit will be spot on.