How to Dress for a Formal Awards Night

Attending a corporate awards ceremony and stressing out about what to wear? Never fear! From choosing the right outfit to accessories and hairstyling, we’ve got some great tips that will have you looking so good, if there was a best dressed award for the night, you’d win hands down.

The type of event

The type of event will dictate heavily what you should wear. The key to finding out everything about how the night will run will be on the invitation. If it’s a formal sit down dinner, then you can wear stunning shoes that kill your feet as you won’t be standing all night. If it’s cocktail, then it’s a good idea to wear shoes that are a little more comfy because you could be standing for a good part of the evening.

Decoding The Dress Code

Here are some of the most common dress codes you’ll see on an event invitation:

Cocktail: This means that women should wear cocktail length dresses just above or below the knee. Men should wear suits, but not necessarily jackets and ties.

Formal: Women should wear longer cocktail length dresses or full length and men should wear a complete suit with a tie.

Black Tie:Black tie is very formal attire. Women should wear full length dresses or gowns and men should wear a complete tuxedo.

If you aren’t sure what to wear, at least ensure that you stick to the type of outfit the invitation specifies.

Industry

The industry the event is being held for will also dictate what sort of outfit you should wear. At creative awards nights, people tend to dress a little more relaxed or alternative to the traditional take on formal evening wear. If however the awards night you are attending is for a financial firm or corporation, then you may be best to stick to something more traditional.

What Suits Your Shape

It doesn’t matter if you are going to an important awards night or to the shops you should always dress for your figure. If thin spaghetti straps doesn’t suit you, don’t buy a dress that has them. You need to feel comfortable in what you have on.

Accessories

Many people will be wearing black and while black is a great colour to wear (and very slimming) you will want to accessorize with some fabulous metallic or brightly coloured accessories and shoes. Hot pink or bright yellow is always fun and a little quirky. For a more traditional take, silver accessories are great too.

Be Prepared

Feel like you may have a little something in between your teeth but are too scared to check? Make sure your purse carries all of the little essentials including a compact. When every one’s attention is on the stage as they hand out the trophies and awards take out your compact and have a little look see.

Dressing for an important awards ceremony is all about feeling confident in what you have on and choosing something that really flatters your figure whilst adhering to the dress code. I hope our list of tips has given you some helpful guidance to ensure that you make the best dressed list for the night with elegance and style.

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