Evening wear can be a time to explore and experiment with looks. There are so many different kinds of dresses, cuts, colors, accessories, and everything in between to choose from you may not know where to start.
If you are looking for your next evening look, or need inspiration, here are the best items to buy, as well as some tips for pulling off the perfect look; dress, colors, tennis bracelet and all.
Evening Look Tips
Before you choose your outfit, there are a few tips to remember and take into consideration to get the best out of your look.
Accessories are the best ways to finish off an outfit. Whether it be earrings, a necklace, bracelets or the right bag, accessories complete an out. This is no different for evening looks; however, it is best to keep things simple; less is more.
Dress for the Occasion
Always be aware of the occasion and where you are going to be. Much like for any other occasion, you won’t wear to the same outfit to the beach and to a fancy dinner. It also matters if the event is during Summer or Winter, as being warm could be a factor.
Pick the Right Color
Considering most evening dresses are one color, the color you pick becomes more important. If you have lighter skin, avoid darker colors as you will look washed out. If you have darker skin, dark colors will compliment your skin tone.
At the end of the day, you will still need to wear this outfit for a few hours; therefore, comfort is just as important as how it looks. Look to get a dress that allows you to walk and sit easily, as well as one that isn’t too tight.
Bold colors have been on-trend for a little while now. Bright greens, oranges, purples and blues are all in fashion and are one of the best ways to grab attention. Bright colors are also much easier to wear than you might think.
However, if they aren’t for you, accessorize with bright colors. Shoes, bags, or hair styling accessories are a more subtle way to add a bright pop of color.
Nowadays, satin and silk aren’t just reserved for the rich and famous. One of the latest trends is taking the time to find and spend the money on lush fabrics. Silk and satin are not only some of the most luxurious materials, but they are also ultra-elegant.
Depending on how the outfit is made, the materials can also be quite flattering, as they don’t necessarily need to be skin tight, and they drape very nicely.
Another incredibly popular trend is the re-emergence of the mini skirt and mini dress. Mini skirts and dresses are also incredibly versatile and can be worn almost anywhere, for any occasion. They are also very easy to style, especially mini dresses, as all you have to add is a pair of heels.
Mini skirts and dresses are also somewhat unique in the evening wear world as, more often than not, people will opt for ankle and floor-length dresses instead.
Frills are no longer something you only found in the 80s. Frills add dimension to a look, especially on a dress that is somewhat simple. Frilly and puffy sleeves, in particular, have been becoming more and more popular over the past few years.
Frilled sleeves and cuffs are also something that is right out of the 70s, but combined with a modern dress and silhouette; you have an amazing combination of old and new.
Going even further back in time, feathers were all the rage in the 40s and 50s, and it was only a matter of time before they came back. Much like frills, feathers add a unique dimension to a look.
There are also opportunities to experiment, as you can wear short or full-length dresses with feathers. You can also use feathered accessories if a full look is too much; feathered earrings, bags, and necklaces can also get the look and feel across.
One of the best ways to pull off an elegant evening look is to keep it simple. There is no need for extravagant cutouts, materials, shapes, or accessories; there is a reason the LBD became and has remained so popular.
A very common mistake is people thinking they need to overdress and over-compensate because of the scale of the event; this isn’t true. Pulling off a simple outfit perfectly will always be better than almost pulling off a more detailed or complicated one.
Another popular color palette this season is metallics. Silvers, golds and bronzes have been taking over runways again, and it isn’t hard to see why. There are very few things that scream extravagance and ultra-chic quite like a fully gold dress.
If you don’t want to commit to large amounts of metallics, once again, use the colors in your accessories. Gold or silver shoes and jewelry are a great way to compliment blues, greens, and even reds.