Receiving an invitation to a black tie or upscale event is both flattering and nerve-wracking. Flattering in that you were thought of to rub elbows with who’s who of the town dressed to the nines, indulging in some of the finest drinks and cuisine that money can buy. Stressful, because, you have no idea what to wear. Not wanting to blend into the background, but also not wanting to make a fool of yourself, here’s a few tips on how you can turn heads at your next luxury event.
Review the Invitation
The invitation can be quite revealing as to what you should wear. So, make sure you read it from top to bottom. Is it taking place in a luxury hotel ballroom or in one of the many party venues in San Diego? Is there a specific theme of the night that you should try to play into? What time of day or night is the event taking place? More importantly, is there a dress code? This is all information you could easily find on the invitation.
Check Out the Latest Trends
You don’t want to stand out the wrong way (by wearing a dress that’s like three years outdated) so it’s a good idea to do some research on the latest trends. Find out the popular colors, patterns, dress styles, hairstyles, shoes, and more are trending for the year. You don’t have to follow what you find to a tee (as individuality is always your best asset), but knowing what to wear and not to wear ensures you aren’t the laughing stock of the event.
Try it On for Size
Now that you’ve got an idea of what’s hot and what’s not, the fun part of finding a black tie outfit comes in – shopping. Head to a designer shop, mall, or other retailer to see what they have to offer. As you’re browsing the racks, don’t get caught up in going with a traditional, long black dress or a tuxedo. Styles have really evolved and if you want to turn heads, now is the time to show your personal flare. Experiment with styles, colors, textures, patterns, and materials to see which one suits you the best.
You can’t complete an outfit without accessories. From your shoes and purse to your jewelry, you want everything to look on point. A beautiful piece of estate jewelry could take a simplistic but stylish dress and turn it into something that seems tailormaid for you. Just as the right watch or cufflinks could bring out the details of a fashionable suit. While you don’t want to overpower your outfit, don’t be afraid to let the imagination run wild a bit when it comes to accessories as they help to further define your personal style.
Throw tradition and caution to the wind when it comes to finding the right attire for a black tie or upscale event. Whether it’s a hotel party for fashion week, a luxury wedding, or an award show, the point is to show up and show out. Rocking your personal style in an elegant way is a surefire way to turn heads for sure.
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