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IN F L U E N C E :

fashion & style

HOW TO WEAR YOUR GALA DRESS (AGAIN) WRITTEN BY L A U R E L K I N N E Y

pring is the season when all the invites roll

Full Skirt, No problem!

in, all within the same three-month span of

Sleek silhouettes aren’t the only versatile dresses. If you

time, and every year you likely have a mini

prefer fuller ball gown-style shapes, you’re in luck, because

freak out session about what you’re going

the strong waistlines were made for layering. Just look for a

to wear to this long list of formal events.

gown with a defined waist and no-frills top (think strapless

You’ll search for gowns any way you can: you rent the

or simple unembellished scoop or v-neck varieties). Try

runway, you borrow from friends, and you often end up

pairing your romantic gown with a pullover sweater and

spending too much money at the last minute on dresses

chunky necklace for a less formal, yet still ladylike look, or

you’ll probably never wear again. This year, why not go

throw on a cropped jacket to give the feminine silhouette

dress shopping (or borrowing) with a plan? Or even better,

a healthy dose of edge. For a less bold look, try pairing a

why not find a dress you can wear again? Here are some

cropped wrap cardigan in a similar shade with your gown.

dress hunting and styling tips to help you find the right look

You’ll get extra warmth and more wear!

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for everything on your spring agenda.

Bohemian Dressy to Casual Clean Lines Mean Easy Layers

If gala season is followed by a busy wedding season,

It’s very easy to fall into the “pre-accessorized” dress trap.

selecting a romantic bohemian style dress can be a great

You know those dresses: they’ve got rhinestones on the

option. While wearing print may not sound like the most

neckline, ruffles that stand out at the shoulder, or a wildly

versatile choice, the bohemian vibe is definitely the easiest

embellished waistline. They make the need for necklaces,

to pull off in more casual or daytime settings. Just look for

layers, and belts obsolete, so you just have to throw it

prints in colors that are easy to match, like blues or neutrals.

on with some shoes the evening of the event. But those

A chiffon floral dress can be elevated with gold or silver

are exactly the dresses that are impossible to wear again

jewelry, and will also look great with a denim jacket to go out

without someone noticing. So instead of getting a dress

for brunch. Wear your printed gown to the gala with elegant

that requires memorizing the guest list if you want to

jewelry and pumps, and then to your next daytime summer

wear it again, look for a simpler, sleek dress that allows for

wedding with strappy sandals and bangle bracelets.

numerous styling options. A solid-hued gown that fits well

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and has a clean silhouette can be a knockout on its own,

So while it’s tempting to wear a wow-them statement dress

especially if it has a cut that flatters your best features. You

for a night, it can fun, satisfying, and extra-efficient to find a

can pair it with simple jewelry and statement shoes once,

slightly simpler number and express your creativity by styling

and then with a black tuxedo jacket of any length and bold

the same dress multiple ways. Why not feel stylish AND

earrings for your next event.

smart this gala season?

IN FLUENTIAL

March / April 2015 InFluential Magazine  
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