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The Do’s and Don’ts of Formal Wear

After you attend enough formal occasions, you’ll notice that there are some definite dos and don’ts to follow when it comes to your attire – for men and women! The unsaid guidelines are as clear as not wearing white to a wedding.

No matter the occasion, whether you require cocktail dresses or bridesmaid dresses, some classic, timeless tips can help you ace your formal wear…

Let’s look at the dos…

DO Wear dark colours
Whether you are attending a wedding or a corporate function, embracing the sophistication of darker colours, such as a stunning navy blue, is a sure way to make you look elegant and event-ready!

DO Choose a classic style
No matter your shape, size, or gender, opting to wear a classic style can change the game if you feel unsure about what to wear. A fitted tuxedo or a little black dress have their trademarks for a reason!

DO Accessorise appropriately
When accessorising, it’s important to remember that less is more. So stick to simple pieces that complement your outfit without clashing or drawing too much attention away from you.

DO Focus on your hair and makeup
Ensuring that you are appropriately dressed for a formal occasion doesn’t entirely depend on your clothing! Giving some extra attention to your hair and makeup choices can tie the ends of your look and help you neaten up in a way that clothing alone isn’t able to.

Now that we’ve gone over the do’s, let’s move on to the don’ts!

DON’T Wear white or black if you are not the bride or groom
Stay away from black and white evening wear if you are going to a wedding, unless the dress code is black tie! Contrary to popular belief, formal occasions are not an open invitation for everyone to wear either black or white. If you aren’t the bride or groom, it’s best to leave these colours for them.

DON’T Overdo it with the accessories
Just as we mentioned before, it’s important to keep things simple when accessorising for formal wear. This doesn’t mean going overboard and piling on every piece of jewellery you have – choose a couple of tasteful items that will elevate your look.

DON’T Forget about comfort
This is a big one, especially for women! Wearing formal wear can often be constricting and uncomfortable, so it’s essential to make sure you choose pieces you feel comfortable in. If you aren’t comfortable, it will show – and not in a good way.

DON’T Forget to have fun!
At the end of the day, formal occasions are meant to be enjoyed. So make sure that you have fun with your look and don’t take things too seriously! After all, fashion is supposed to be enjoyable.