Evening Wear: Do’s and Don’ts

After attending many evening/cocktail/Weddings/black tie events over the past few years, I like to think that I finally nailed the art of evening wear. Below I have listed some of my top “do's and dont's” of dressing for night time events. These tips have helped me refine my skill of evening dressing and hope they help you too :)

Do: Consider the Location 

Location of the event should play a key role in how you decide to dress. A dress you would wear for an outdoor summer gala would not be appropriate for any event taking place indoors. The location should also help to dictate your accessories, especially footwear. If you know you'll be standing outside on grass maybe opt for a slightly thicker heel or wedge and save your favorite stilettos for the fancy dinner parties. Similarly, if you know the event will include lots of standing around and walking opt for a slightly lighter and more comfortable clutch bag to accompany your dress.

Do: Try on Your Outfit Before the Day of

Unfortunately, I learned this one the hard way. Too many times I've found myself stressing out moments before leaving for an event. I suddenly realized that my shoes totally didn't match or that my dress needed to be altered. Learn from my mistakes and always, always try on your entire outfit (head to toe) at least a couple days before so there's time for alterations or time to find a different shoe if needed. I promise this will make both the experience of getting ready and the actual event a lot more enjoyable!

Don't: Be Scared Of Color

It's easy to simply resort back to your LBD whenever a formal event occurs; however, if you really want to impress then try opting for a more colorful piece. Recently, I wore this stunning Maria Lucia Hohan gown to an event and I have honestly never felt better. The color of the gown not only brightened my mood but it made the entire event seem a little bit more special as I was so enamored by the color of my dress! An added bonus of wearing a brighter dress is that you can go really simple with the accessories (like my clear heels). If a purple gown seems a little scary, test it out with a statement colored shoe or clutch.

Do: Wear Comfortable Shoes

I know when it comes to any kind of dressy event the first thing I want to do is go out and buy new shoes! Unfortunately, this is not always the smartest option. Many evening events require you to be on your feet a lot, socializing, and sometimes even dancing! Because of this I tend to stick to the couple of pairs of heels that I know will not kill my feet and will allow me to dance all night long. I promise you that no pair of shoes is worth waking up with blisters the next morning!

Don't: Over Accessorize 

When it comes to accessorizing, less is truly more. You want to look effortlessly put together, as if you just threw on the incredible outfit last minute… so stop yourself from piling on the accessories. Let your outfit make the statement and simply fill in the gaps with carefully selected jewelry and shoes. If you have a lower cut neckline then pull out your favorite statement pendant, but leave the equally statement earrings at home. If you think you suffer from over accessorizing then you may want to live by the old tip of taking off one item before you leave the house.

Do you have any tips? Comment them below!

xx Brittany

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    1. Brittany X August 22, 2018 at 10:30 am

      Thanks so much!!

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  1. Elizabeth T. August 22, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Yes, keeping the location in mind is really so important! And totally agree about trying on an outfit beforehand too! <3 :) Another thing I love to do is wear the shoes before the actual event, in case I need to break into them. Nothing sucks more than wearing uncomfortable shoes to an event!

    XO, Elizabeth T.
    http://clothestoyouuu.com

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    1. Brittany X August 22, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      Totally agree with you on the breaking in the shoes! Thank you!

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  2. Eve August 22, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    That purple dress is amazing, I love the idea of embracing color! Now I just need an excuse to dress up. :)

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  3. Terry M August 22, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    The dress is amazing and works with your color fabulously, but that material needed a slip underneath. Ladies, watch the material when you try something on and have a light shining from the back to ensure whether you need a slip or not.

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  4. Cyna August 22, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    A suggestion from painful experience… make certain that those beautiful earrings you’ve purchased for special events are lightweight. Aching earlobes can detract from an otherwise enjoyable event.

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  5. Liz August 22, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    great article ! A very important do : wear the right underwear. I attend many parties and when I look around I see many women wearing the wrong underwear. A beautiful dress but you can see the panty or bra. Absolutely a don’t ! Wear a Spanx or similar brand.

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  6. Evelyn Sims August 22, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    I think it’s important to be aware of how you sit in a revealing dress as it can make you look cheap or desperate for attention (especially the wrong sort!)

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  7. Barbata Griffin August 23, 2018 at 12:34 am

    The idea of over accessiruzing really does depend on the event. I have been to many an event where if you showed up with a simple necklace and earrings, the host/hostess would have been highly insulted. Particularly in many Asian cultures. On the other hand I have been amazed that, having invited an Asian friend to a pool party, find that they are wearing a sari, high heels and more jewels than my mother, sisters and I own collectively. You must judge the venue and culture of the event you are attending.

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  8. Marisa August 23, 2018 at 4:21 am

    Being –ahem– much older than all of you I want to know about stockings/hose whatever you want to call them. What do you wear? Do you go bare legged even in winter? Leggings and tights are an easy solution in cold weather but what do you wear under an attractive dress in cold weather? Any advice would be helpful.

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    1. Terri August 23, 2018 at 3:19 pm

      Don’t they still make sheer pantyhose any more? I mean slightly darker than your skin tone, or sheer black, depending on the rest of your outfit. Of course, here in Phoenix, women almost NEVER wear hose, so I don’t really know. I do wear leggings, and very occasionally, black tights, in “winter” if I’m wearing a skirt, because I can’t totally get the NYC?Boston outta me, but most women here wear pants when it’s “chilly”. (As an aside, when I moved here, everyone made fun of the fact that I wore a lot of black, they could tell right away I was from the Northeast!) And I’m 63.

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  9. Terri August 23, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    WHY on earth would a purple gown be “scary”? Do you really want to be yet another of the Boring Black crowd? Are women still so frightened of not fading into the woodwork? Your look would be even MORE eye-catching with a single bold bracelet on the “bare” arm, than with the skimpy little pendant you were wearing. BTW – that dress is GORGEOUS! Nothing to be “scared” of!

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  10. Julie criscuolo August 23, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    I noticed many women are not wearing nylons anymore. I am not sure why. I don’t feel comfortable in an evening dress with bare legs, especially in winter. What is the current acceptable option? Please advise

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  11. Ms Linda August 26, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    The purple dress was gorgeous and you nailed the total look. The tips offered for all to read are on point and very helpful.

    Thank you

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  12. Natalie September 2, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Great tips! All very useful.

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  13. jess September 7, 2018 at 2:32 am

    I think your are very jelous of Dua Lipa cos you copy her exactly :D
    very funny :)))))

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