Are you looking to make a splash at the ball? You’d better dress up.
It only takes seven seconds to make a strong first impression. You need to look your best and dress appropriately at a gala if you’re looking to impress.
You need to find the right balance between extravagance and formality. You also need to abide by a generally accepted dress code at a black tie affair.
Lost as to what to wear to that upcoming gala or charity ball? Let’s start from square one. Here’s how to dress for a gala and feel great at the same time.
The most critical part of your outfit is your dress. This is your chance to dress like you’re on the red carpet and wow fellow partygoers.
The two most popular types of dresses for galas are evening gowns and cocktail dresses. The safer choice is an evening gown as formal dresses usually need to be floor length. Evening gowns are long but can be made more exciting with a leg-slit.
Cocktail dresses, on the other hand, are shorter and usually fall right above the knee. These are becoming more accepted for black tie affairs, but it’s best to gauge your audience before committing to one. If your audience is more conservative, an evening gown is a way to go.
One of the biggest questions regarding how to dress for a gala is “what shoes do I wear?” Fortunately, you can choose your preference between a number of styles and choices.
The main thing to remember is you should always match your shoe color with your gown. The colors should complement each other without going overboard. A good rule of thumb is to go for a subtle color, but you can also be bold by adding some sparkle to your shoes.
The best types of heels to wear are stilettos. Flats are acceptable if you are a taller woman or are taller than your date. However, the shoes should always be open toed and use straps.
Accessories can make or break an outfit. But what kind of accessories are acceptable at a gala?
Your best bet is to go with modest jewelry. The items should be elegant, low-key, and simple. Typical items that are worn include diamond stud earrings, pearl necklaces, and gold bracelets.
Your accessories should compliment your dress – not outshine it. Your dress is your chance to sparkle and turn heads, whereas your accessories should add a touch of flair to your outfit.
Hair & Makeup
A gala is a time to pull out all the stops. As a result, you’ll want to put some extra time and effort into your hair and makeup.
Be sure to wear eyeliner, mascara, and eyeshadow to go with your natural looking foundation. You also want to highlight your lips with a bold colored lipstick.
It’s also common practice to hire a professional stylist to help with your hair. This might sound expensive, but hair stylists range in cost from $55 to $500. You can find affordable options in your area that will help finalize your look.
That’s How to Dress for a Gala
Dressing for a gala doesn’t have to be stressful. It should be a fun and exciting opportunity for you to look your best.
Remember to focus on elegance but also be daring in your choices. By adhering to the rules and making choices that match your personality, you’re bound to impress at your next gala.
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