Tips: How to Dress for a Formal Event

accessorizing for a formal event

Dressing up for a fancy event can be nerve-wracking, especially when you want to look your best. But worry not, we've got you covered with some tips on how to dress to impress and accessorize to perfection.

Let's start with the guys:

  1. Go for a classic suit that fits you well. If you want to be safe, choose a darker color like navy, black or charcoal, and make sure it has two buttons. Pair it with a white or light-colored dress shirt and a conservative tie that complements your suit. Optionally, you can use a bowtie.
  2. Make sure your shoes are on point. Casual shoes and sneakers are a big NO - especially if it’s a non-optional formal dress up. Opt for a nice pair of leather dress shoes in black or brown and ensure that they are polished and in good condition.
  3. Pay attention to the little details of your dress up. Make sure your suit is the right size and fits perfectly, and don’t forget to iron your dress shirt. Keep your accessories simple and classy, like a nice dress watch and orthodox cufflinks.

Now for the ladies:

  1. Choose a dress that flatters your body type and is appropriate for the occasion. A long gown, midi, or cocktail dress are typical choices that cannot go wrong. Although times have changed, formal dresses are still easier to pull off when they aren’t too revealing.
  2. Accessorize with simple, elegant pieces that complement your outfit. Think of a pair of earrings, a bracelet, a necklace, and a clutch. You may want to avoid anything too flashy or chunky so that it does not take away from the beauty of your outfit. Unless of course you have a deliberate flashy style, which is fine too.
  3. Beauty is essential, but comfort is just as important. Make sure your shoes are comfortable enough to wear all night. Opt for heels that aren't too high, and consider bringing a pair of suitable flats to switch into later on.

And now for some general accessorizing tips for the safe dresser:

  1. Keep your jewelry simple and understated. A necklace, earrings, and bracelet are enough to complete your look without overpowering it. For men, a watch and maybe a ring would suffice.
  2. A clutch is the perfect handbag for a formal event. Choose one that complements your dress and isn't too bulky.
  3. Your shoes should be comfortable and match your outfit. Avoid anything too high or uncomfortable and try to stick with the classics like pumps or flats. For men, make sure your shoes are polished and in good condition.

In summary, all you need to do is opt for classic styles, pay attention to the details of your dress up, and accessorize with simple, elegant pieces. With these tips, you'll be one of the best-dressed guests at any formal event.