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Interesting ways to fashionably dress for a Gala Dinner


Galas aren’t your everyday affairs so consider yourself lucky when you get an invite. These glamorous formal affairs take meticulous planning in preparation in support of various social events such as fundraisers, charities, Oscars just to name a few.

Gala dinners call for impeccable dressing and showing off of the latest fashion trends. Gone are the days of floor-length boring ballroom gowns, nowadays are in come some nice elaborate micro-mini dresses, tea-length dresses, matching two sets and jumpsuits.

Dressing for gala dinners is not just about clothing, your outfit should speak prominence and importance. A lady should wear an outfit that will reflect more on personality and creativity. Picking the right dress is, therefore, crucial as you will be possibly rubbing shoulders with your colleagues, sponsors, partners or future employers. Invitation cards normally give detailed clues on the type of event and the dress code, so take heed. To start you off, you need to know the different types of gala dinners which can be simply grouped into 3 categories namely;

  • BLACK TIE GALA: This formal gala requires one to be overly dressed and look exquisite. The event starts from 6 pm to late at night. Women are mandated to wear long formal gowns that are bold in color. Tight dresses or those with dramatic slits are an absolute no-no!
  • BLACK-TIE OPTIONAL GALA: This is a less dressy affair where formal gowns and suits are optional but you still need to look put together. The event takes place in the evening as well as running into the night.
  • SEMI-FORMAL GALA: This gala is way more relaxed and ladies are free to experiment on those cute short bareback dresses. It’s the opportune time to rock those Bottega Veneta stretch sandals with that floral cocktail dress.

Ladies come in different body shapes, sizes and complexion, all of which should be equally celebrated. It’s vital to choose a dress that is comfortable and appropriate for your body type. In as much as we love fashion being stylish is all about feeling great in who you are and how great you look. When purchasing an outfit, make sure you know your dress size and if not, have someone take your measurements before purchase.

Pick a dress that flatters your best features. For instance, ladies with fuller bust require a dress that gives little to no cleavage to avoid unnecessary attention. Elbows are also a sensitive area to most women so be sure to dress in full-on sleeves. The waist area can be accentuated using high-waist skirts or pants, belts come in handy to give us that snatched silhouette.


Shoes are a crucial part of any outfit as they bring the look together. The shoes make a lady look spectacular and gives posture to the body. Peep-toes are the go-to shoes for gala dinners as they are more comfortable, easy to slip on and allows the feet to easily breathe. When picking the right shoe, take into account how it coordinates with your overall outfit especially if your dress is above the knee. A black or neutral-coloured gown can easily be paired with some sparkling coloured heels. If your legs are one of your special features, feel free to show them off in a funky little dress with gorgeous strappy heels.


Accessories always elevate a look to the next level. They are a great way to show your style and social status. Jewellery is a great addition to formal dresses such as a pair of diamond earrings or a statement neckpiece for those low-riding dresses. Less is more when it comes to accessories, so don’t go overboard. Check with Mother Nature on the weather conditions where the event will be held at. The last thing you want to do is get stuck in the cold for a better part of your evening. Consider styling your outfit with a shawl or scarf to cover your back and shoulders without taking the flash from your outfit just in case the weather does a quick one on you.


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