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How To Look Like A Million Bucks In Formal Dresses

BY ADRIAN LEIGHTON

OuterInner.com Guide To Wearing Formal Dresses

black & white tie formal dresses

So you've been invited to a formal party, and you want to look amazing wearing formal dresses. If you're like most people you probably don't wear high-class formal dresses all of the time, so you may be thinking: "But what kind of dress should you wear, and how about shoes, and accessories?" Don't worry! The chance to wear something really special, and treat yourself to a really glamorous night out only comes along so often, so grasp it with both hands! There are a few points to consider, and if you do you'll look like a star, so let's check out what you need to know in this guide.

What Kind Of Party Is It?

In general there are 2 dress codes for formal parties: "White Tie," and "Black Tie."

White Tie Parties & Formal Dresses

White tie parties are occasions such as formal dinners, state banquets, ballroom parties, nights at the opera, and ballet, etc. When you're invited to a party with a 'white tie' dress code, you need to think 'elegant' when it comes to formal dresses! It's an evening dress code, so you'll be attending this party after 6pm.
  • Elegant styles only.
  • Long skirts are needed.
  • Many colors are appropriate, but you could vary them depending on the season.
  • Modest style (avoid very low cut necklines).
  • Ball gowns are a good choice.
  • White long gloves & scarf or shawl make good accessories.
  • Match your bag with the color of your formal dress.
Here's an example of a wonderful ball gown you may like for white tie parties:

Sleeveless Organza Applique Black Black Tie Event Style Code: 01003 $184

This elegant one-shoulder gown would look so great at a formal party:

One-Shoulder Pleated Floor-Length Evening Formal Dress Style Code: 08838 $129

This glittering sequin gown below is a great formal dress option, as it's elegant, and modest as well as being striking!

V-Neck Bishop Sequins Sweep/Brush Train Prom Dress Style Code: 10771 $399

Black Tie Parties & Formal Dresses

Black tie parties are still formal, but less so than the very formal white tie. You definitely have more options in terms of formal dresses, as you can choose to wear either an evening gown, or cocktail dress.
  • Shorter skirts are acceptable, but long skirts are the most formal and safest option.
  • Strapless formal dresses are currently popular.
  • Once again, you can choose from almost any color.
  • A little black dress would be a good choice for an evening drinks party.
  • Sparkly necklace, earrings, or bracelet would work well.
If you were to choose an LBD for your black tie party then this elegant style is nice:

Sweetheart Knee-length Sleeveless Lace Little Black Dresses Style Code: 00779 $114

You have a little more freedom to go for a more risque style like this slinky gown:

Sleeveless Elastic Silk-Like Satin Sweep/ Brush Train Sheath Black Tie Event Style Code: 00426 $132

Finally, how about choosing a unique asymmetric skirt, which is both high and low:

Gentle Sweetheart Empire Waist Asymmetrical Hem Evening Wear Style Code: 05477 $114

Accessories To Go With Formal Dresses

Shoes: Match your shoes with your dress color, and wear lower heels or flats if you're planning on dancing a lot. Jewelry: Choose jewelry that is sparkly, pretty, but not so bold as to overshadow your dress which should be the star of the show.
Shawls and Hand Gloves: You must wear these to white tie parties as mentioned earlier. How about silk gloves and shawl for that extra bit of elegance and glamour?

Your Turn...

Have you attended a formal party recently? What kind of dress did you wear? Do you have any tips about choosing formal dresses? Let us know by leaving a comment :)  
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