Even if your next formal event is far from Hollywood, you can still capture that special sparkle that makes celebrities shine on the red carpet. Here’s how to get the red carpet look for your formal event, no matter what your budget:
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Decide what image you want to project.
If you’re a creative person who enjoys dressing in one-of-a-kind fashions during the day, look for a formal dress with unique, creative touches. If you’ve got a sculpted back, toned arms or long legs, choose a dress that shows off your best feature. Lovers of vintage wear have plenty of choices. You can choose a 1920s dress reminiscent of “The Great Gatsby,” a 1960s cocktail dress inspired by “Mad Men” or a gown from whatever time period you love best.
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Decide what works best for the season.
If it’s a Christmas party, shimmery jewel tones work well. Increase the glitter level for New Year’s Eve parties with gold or silver.
Spring is prom season, and bright, springtime colors are perfect. A fancy prom dress no longer needs to be a long gown. Short dresses are all the rage, but check your school’s dress code before baring too much thigh.
During the summer, indoor air conditioning can freeze bare shoulders, so bring along a short wrap or coordinating jacket.
Dress for your shape.
Formal dresses usually hug the body somewhere, but they don’t have to fit tightly at all the wrong places. If you have a roll around the abdominal area, choose an empire-waisted gown or one that gathers right under the bustline. As an alternative solution, consider investing in waist-cinching shapewear. Even Scarlett O’Hara needed a bit of help from a corset.
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If you have a slender waist with large hips and bust, cocktail and evening dresses inspired by “Mad Men” will show off your hourglass figure.
Dress for your coloring.
You’ve probably seen pictures of celebrities with pale, washed-out coloring on the red carpet wearing equally washed-out, nude-colored evening gowns. These gowns consistently make the worst-dressed lists, but the gown isn’t the problem at all. The gown would look lovely on African American or other dark-complexioned skin. Dark skin also looks beautiful in rich, jewel tones or pure white.
If you have light skin with a bluish undertone, choose a dress with a bluish undertone such as raspberry, lavender, or aqua. If you have light skin with a peach undertone, as do most redheads, opt for a dress with subtle orange undertones or go for a contrast with green.
When it comes to looking perfect during your next format event, don’t skimp on the details. The cut, color, and style of the dress you choose all work together to make a dress look superb so be sure to pay attention to your body, coloring, and the event itself so that you can look jaw dropping during your next formal event.