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Things to Wear to a Gala

by Sara Cantu, studioD

A black-tie gala is the perfect opportunity to showcase your impeccable style chops. When attending these special affairs, you'll want to adorn yourself in sophisticated and chic clothing that pays homage to the occasion. From glittering gowns to the traditional black tuxedo, an ensemble that is sleek, stylish and spiffed-up is necessary.

Glamorous in Gowns

A gorgeous floor-length gown is your best bet for looking totally appropriate at a gala. Long dresses in rich jewel tones or brights like hot pink and yellow stand strong on their own or can be accessorized for added glamour. You may choose a style with a vivid print or one with embellishments like jewel-encrusted detailing or sequins to make a statement. Luxurious fabrics like satin, silk and chiffon also make for stunning gala ensembles. Dresses that are simple and elegant are ideal for conservative events: think a black or beige column gown and minimal accessories.

The Traditional Tuxedo

A traditional black tuxedo is the most appropriate attire for men to rock when attending a gala. A perfectly tailored, modern cut is a surefire way to look dapper at these special events. Pair your tuxedo with a sophisticated tie in a rich shade or one containing a subtle but stylish pattern. Top this debonair look off with a black tie-up shoe and sleek cufflinks to take you through your next gala in impeccable style.

Pretty in Pant Suits

Sometimes the best fashion statement a woman can make is to sport a tailored suit to an event in lieu of a dress. Masculine but feminine at once, this look is ideal for the unconventional woman. A perfectly form-fitting black suit or one in striking white is a chic, sleek way to make a splash at a gala without following the traditional style rules. A pair of diamond stud earrings or diamond necklace will add a lovely dose of glitz to this seriously stylish outfit.

Glitzy Accessories

Use accessories to spruce up basic silhouettes and styles of dress to make them dressy enough for a gala. You can easily rock the old black dress you have in your closet if you pair it with accessories that add a glam factor appropriate for the occasion. This can be accomplished with embellished necklaces, dangling chandelier earrings and opulent cuff bracelets that provide an air of elegance to the ensemble. For understated elegance, a pair of pearl stud earrings or pearl necklace adds the perfect dose of sophistication. A rhinestone or crystal beaded clutch and a pair of high heels seal the deal on a gorgeous gala ensemble.

About the Author

Sara Cantu has been writing fashion and lifestyle articles since 2009. As a fashion stylist, writer and blogger, she has been published in “Lady Couture” magazine and “RGV” magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from The University of Texas - Pan American.

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