How To Glam Up for Cocktail Parties and Galas

It's easy to think your options are more limited for glamorous occasions, or that you don't have quite the right thing in your wardrobe, but there's actually a plethora of pieces that work for these occasions. You may even have something in your current wardrobe that's well suited to both of these gatherings.

What to consider for your next party...

Sequins

Sequins are the perfect accent piece to make any outfit pop. Sequins are classic gala gear, so to update them, it's important to surround the glitz with fashion-forward elements such as a velvet trouser pant or a leather skirt. 

Leather is one of my favorite fall fabrics in Texas, because it adds a western element to any outfit.

Don't be afraid to add even more festive textures to this look through a fringe jacket or a satin bomber at cocktail parties. A sumptuous texture on another will enhance this look. Each piece works together to create a synchronized outfit.

Metallic 

Like sequins, metallic is classic, but it's also trending right now. If you're looking for updated metallic, try a rose gold piece. For a more traditional look, consider your color palette first when choosing the metallic to go with in your outfit. Gold is for a warmer palette. Silver is for a cooler palette.

Metallic is uber-glamorous, so you can choose to make it softer or sexier through the piece you choose to wear. Give it an elegant feel in a midi dress or a fit n' flare dress. Give it a edgy vibe with spaghetti straps or a body con stretch fabric. 

If you choose a tight, short dress, your look will be better suited to cocktail parties, rather than galas. For galas, go old Hollywood with the longer skirt. 

Finish the look with a vintage fur stole or a velvet wrap. 

Brocade

This fabric is great for dressier occasions, because the structure of the fabric gives your outfit a stronger presence, therefore it automatically makes your outfit more formal. 

If you want to highlight your waist, try a dropped-waist dress. The structure of the fabric will create a noticeable curve from bust to hips, giving you and the outfit a sexy edge. 

WILD CARD: THE Jumpsuit

While a jumpsuit might not automatically pop into your head for a formal occasion, if you choose the right one, it can be just as appropriate as a cocktail dress or a full-length gown. 

The trick is to stick to the basics. Dark colors are dressier than light colors, so when trying this trend, stick to a navy or black option. Also, consider luxurious fabrics: satin, velvet and silk. Avoid more relaxed fabrics such as linen, cotton and jersey. 

 

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Deconstructing Your NYE Look

How do you bring 2015 in with a bang? Learn to seamlessly coordinate the various elements that make up an outfit. Here are five things to zero-in on to be NYE prepped and ready. 

5. HAIR 

Hair is such an important part of any look because hair can make or break an outfit. If your hair's a hot mess, you can forget about anyone noticing anything other than that. For NYE, try something you rarely do. Create retro curls, put it up in an elegant bun, or incorporate a boho braid. 

4. NAILS

This little detail doesn't go unnoticed. It's the icing on the cake. Just like the rest of the look, the nails must match. Go RED for a ballroom bash, go GOLD for a house party, go BLACK for an underground spot, and go PURPLE for an eclectic restaurant (that's where I'll be). 

      Goldeneye by OPI

      Goldeneye by OPI

      Black Onyx + Goldeneye by OPI

      Black Onyx + Goldeneye by OPI

      Vodka and Caviar by OPI

      Vodka and Caviar by OPI

    Viking in a Vinter Vonderland by OPI

    Viking in a Vinter Vonderland by OPI

3. SHOES

Go big or go home. There is a very specific pair of shoes I dust off for this occasion every year. To give you an idea of what they look like, they also double as my Vegas heels.  If you also have that special pair of metallic, no less than 4' heels, pull them out. NYE is the perfect time for over-the-top fashion. After all, you'll only be bringing in 2015 once. 

2. EMBELLISH

Despite the decadent nature of all the other elements of your outfit, keep the accessories to a minimum. Perhaps a cuff? Or knuckle rings? Or try something new this year: flash tattoos! Visit Headdress on South Lamar to find your perfect pack. 

1. CLOTHING

Of course clothing is #1 because it will bring everything together. Whether you're in pastels or pewter, there is one thing to consider: the formality of your event. If you're at a NYE cocktail party or wedding, don't come in something less formal because you didn't plan ahead. Figure it out now, before you're scatter-brained the night of. And don't forget! Your layers should match the event too. 

Now, I would love to hear from you! Make sure to comment below what your NYE outfit plans are!