Regal and Fabulous: Some Etiquette on Evening Dresses

By on November 8, 2009

Evening dresses”, or otherwise referred to as evening gowns, is a general term used to refer to anything that a woman wears during a formal occasion. It is the feminine equivalent of suit and tie that men wear on black tie events.

Evening dresses, as you know, are also worn by guests in a wedding ceremony. Today, weddings, though considered as a formal event, have already provided guests with some leeway in terms of their choices of designs. Therefore, your guests could get as creative as they can on their evening dresses. Provided that they do not look ludicrous, lewd or malicious, then they can choose a gown that would make them look fabulous!

Evening dress

But what is expected of you on black tie events? Are there some do’s and don’ts related to your wearing of evening dresses? Here are a few of them.

The Dress Itself

If men were to be in a formal wear, so should the ladies. Therefore, it is but proper for you to “dress accordingly” when you are in your evening gown. Dressing here does not only refer to evening dresses but to other elements of your overall ensemble as well. Evening dresses in black tie events could be full-length or tea-length (mid-calf to ankle). Cocktail gowns are also acceptable in weddings.

Evening gown

The Shoes

Shoes need not be expensive so they would look fabulous on your already stunning evening dresses. You can go with pumps, evening sandals, or even ballet slippers. If they go with or complement the color of your evening gown, the better!

The Accessories

Surely, being in that stunning evening dress is not enough. You must be able to “carry it;” and the best way to do this is to use some accessories. While it is optional to wear those glittering pair of earrings, necklace, bracelet or ring, it would not do any harm if you do.

Fashion gurus also believe that a watch is not appropriate for evening dresses. If you really want to wear one though, make sure that it’s a jewelled version and that its “face” is not that obvious so it will resemble a bracelet.

The Handbag

If you want to carry a handbag for your phones, money and other precious items, ensure that it is a clutch bag or a small evening bag. The traditional rule of thumb when it comes to bags is that it should match the color of your shoes. Today, however, you don’t have to abide by this.

If you want to be a little adventurous, you can choose a color that complements your gown or your shoes. However, if you want to stay safe, black, white, or even gray handbags would do the trick.

Evening dresses, though already stunning, would be more fabulous if you properly accessorize. You don’t have to buy expensive and top-of-the-line accessories. As long as these are appropriate — both for the occasion and the style/color of your evening gown — then you are good to go. In the end, what matters is that you are able to carry your gown and you are comfortable in it…comfortable looking fabulous and but still regal.

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About Olga Pomeransky

Olga is manager at Best for Bride since 2005. Currently Best for Bride operates 4 bridal stores in Canada (Toronto, Etobicoke, Hamilton and Barrie). Best for Bride sells wedding, bridemaids, mob dresses and more. http://www.BestForBride.com

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