The recent fashion promenade on the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards is a wonderful example of how evening wear can go very right (Sophia Vergara) or very, very wrong (Lena Dunham).
My rule of thumb is simple: If you go for vibrant colors (cobalt blue, fire engine red, shimmering silver) keep your lines classic and elegant. Classic halter and simple strapless are two of my favorite looks. One embellishment (ruffle, beading, ruching) is usually enough to add panache to this look without looking a little too “prom.”
Simple hues (black, bronze, white) can all handle a bit more va va voom. Draping, rhinestone accents and trim, or sequins will pump up the volume.
Above, I’ve showcased a few of my favorite evening dresses that are sure to turn heads at your next event!
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Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.