When you get an invitation for a “formal” event, it can be pretty confusing to decipher what that means. Is it cocktail wear? Or a black tie? And what does black tie even mean when it comes to ladies-wear? Instead of calling up all the other guests to demand what they’re planning to wear or worse, bringing a costume change, follow these simple tips to dress your best at all your formal affairs

1. Remember your LBD (Little Black Dress)

No matter the occasion, there’s nothing quite as comforting to a lady than her little black dress that makes her look good without even trying. When in doubt, always take comfort in slipping on your favourite LBD. You can dress it up or down, and no one will look at you sideways.

2. Wear Comfortable Heels

If there’s one thing you can take for granted at every formal event, it’s that your feet will always be sore. All the mingling and socialising are hard on your feet, especially when they’re wedged into tight little stilettos. Make sure your shoes are broken in well before the event, and that you pick a shoe with the thickest heel your dress will allow—thicker heels offer more support and balance.

3. Make a Statement with Jewelry

Any outfit can be taken up a notch or two with fabulous statement jewelry. It helps make your outfit look put-together and stylish, and if you came overdressed you can simply slip off your jewelry and stick it in your purse to tone down your outfit. Try a simple dress paired with an eye-catching chunky necklace, or a slimming pantsuit with oversized earrings.

4. Keep Balance

An event described as “formal” most often means that it will be an elegant, refined affair. It’s safe to say that anything too overwhelming won’t be welcomed, so keep your outfit appropriate. Sequins and lace can be stunning, as long as you compensate with a longer hem so that you avoid looking like you’re at a nightclub. If you want to try a daring neckline, make sure your dress is a neutral colour like black, beige, or white. It’s all about balance!

5. Be Confident

The number one tip for dressing for a formal event is confidence. Whatever you decide to wear, own it loud and proud. No matter what you’re wearing, know that confidence is your best feature and COCA is here to help you achieve that. Look good, feel great!

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