Choosing the right dress is only a portion of your entire look. Picking the right accessories and hairstyle must also adhere to certain formal-wear standards.
The Shawl – A shawl, stole, or pashmina is the ideal item for draping over a sleeveless gown. Unlike a sweater or a jacket, a shawl is a stylish addition to a formal gown and works well with both indoor and outdoor venues.
The Shoes – Your shoes should complement the dress but not necessarily match it exactly in color. The shoe above has silver detail which, when paired with the cobalt blue straps, is a perfect choice for this dress. When choosing a shoe, it’s ideal to try on the shoe with the dress to be sure that they are a good match. Make sure your shoes are comfortable to wear for the entire evening. It is never acceptable etiquette to change shoes at a formal event.
The Jewelry – Earrings, bracelets, and necklaces are the perfect accompaniments to a formal gown. Diamonds, pearls, and precious stones are great choices for proper jewelry to adorn you formal outfit. Unless it looks real, costume jewelry should be saved for another occasion. A simple pair of stud diamond earrings will go a long way to dressing up a simple gown. If you’ll be wearing an up-do, earrings are an absolute must, but keep them simple such as a diamond stud or small dangle. Otherwise, everyone notices your overwhelming earrings and neglects the other important details.
The Clutch – Evening bags should be small in size and should match your evening dress. The detail on this clutch pairs well with the dress and the shoes.