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Gala Dinners Style Guide

Charity Gala events, while they are undoubtedly a wonderful opportunity to support a cause you are passionate about and give back to the community, sighting such an invitation can so often trigger an instant panic over what to wear. Formal, Black Tie, Black Tie Optional, theme, no theme; the dress code list goes on and on so it's no surprise it can lead to confusion. Gala events typically always call for a formal look but just how formal should you go? Here we've got you sorted on how to give your look that special wow-factor and to have you ending up on all the best dressed lists.

Claire Danes Met Gala 2016


What is the event style?

As we are heading into the cooler months, donning a red carpet gown and heading off to a special event is even more glamorous in winter, if that’s possible! When first setting about deciding on your outfit for your Gala event, it is important to consider a few key factors; location, hosts and the dress code or theme. The location of the event is a strong factor in determining the mood of the event so if you’re not familiar with the particular space, a quick google search will be able to help you. Have a look at any previous events that have been hosted there as well as any imagery you can find on the venue. This will help you see the ambiance of the location and will give you a great start in deciding your look. It is also important to consider your hosts and the specific charity or cause the event is for. Take a look at their hosts social media pages to see their personal style and also look at any other events they or the charity have previously hosted.

Finding the perfect dress

Lastly, it’s time to look at the dress code or theme if it has been listed. Typically gala events are formal or black tie so that means it’s time to dress up and show off your glamorous side. If there is a specific theme, it is important to dress within that style, but if none is listed, you’ve got creative freedom to show off your best style. If it’s an ultra-glamorous look you’re going for, you can’t go past channelling a little Cinderella story and taking inspiration from Claire Danes in Zac Posen for the 2016 Met Gala. Nipped in at the waist and bustling over into a romantic A-line skirt, a ball gown is always a beautiful, feminine option. This style of gown is quite a dramatic statement so make sure you feel comfortable and confident in your gown Cinderella before you head off to the ball!If a princess ball gown isn’t you’re style, there are some gorgeous figure skimming gowns that will have you turning heads as you enter the room. For a luxurious look, opt for a glistening number like this navy sequin Badgley Mischka gown. This fully sequined number is such a beautiful gown that highlights your figure and will have you sparkling throughout the night. For something sophisticated yet less sparkly, a lace number like the figure flattering Embrace Gown from Grace and Hart is a perfect choice. Featuring a front thigh high split and a high neck, this style is a regal and luxe look.

Badgley Mischka Navy Sequin Evening Gown

Black lace Grace and Hart Gown

Is a Pantsuit appropriate for a Gala?

While a gown is always appropriate for a Charity Gala event, there are other glamorous options that are just as striking too. A beautiful pant suit in a luxurious crepe fabric will elongate your figure and look effortlessly chic. Opt for a wide leg tailored pant and a fitted blazer for an elegant look and if you’re feeling daring, wear only the pants and a blazer to create a sexy plunging neckline. Pair with a bold necklace and you’ll be ready to steal the show! If a plunging neckline isn’t for you, a high neck style like this Ottavia Pantsuit is sophisticated and elegant. A pantsuit look is an excellent choice for the cooler months as well – classy and comfortable, what more could you want.

Misha Collection Black Ottavia Pantsuit

Misha Collection Black Ottavia Pantsuit

Misha Collection Black Ottavia Pantsuit

I hope you enjoy this special time of dressing up and being your most glamorous for your upcoming occasions and galas as much as I do!

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