Six dress styles to make you the belle of any ball.
For the gala that demands understated beauty, choose a neutral-colored gown and pair it with glossy, controlled hair. Check out designers like Badgley Mishka and Carolina Herrera for knockout pieces with intricate detailing.
A timeless dress oozes femininity and shows off the woman rather than the designer. Choose simple silhouettes, cool colors and limit the accessories. Derek Lam mastered the minimalist look in this fall’s collection.
Jazz up traditional black-tie attire with bold colors, asymmetrical cuts and a dose of bling. Diane von Furstenberg nailed the look with fun patterns and playful belts in her Fall 2013 collection.
Nothing makes an impression quite like an elaborate ball gown. Whether it’s volumized with tulle or ruffles, pick a cut that cinches at the waist for a slimming effect. Our faves? Vera Wang and Valentino.
No one can tear their eyes away from a curve-hugging gown in a dramatic color. Designers Prabal Gurung and Versace know how to grab attention with their sultry cuts.
Not every gala is black tie. When the dress code is more creative, try a leather dress with embellished details. We love Robert Rodriguez and Saint Laurent for cool, edgy leather looks.
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