This is the last ensemble post of 2016, and we’re going to a ball (an imaginary ball is good too). Enough with practical, easy, casual and comfortable dressing. Let’s toss simple, minimal looks out the window too. It’s time to glam things up with a very dressy frock, glitz, jewellery, and gorgeous make-up. It’s also a time to have a discussion with your feet. Tell them you’ll need to wear uncomfortable heels for the event, but that you’ll have comfy peds on standby, just in case.
The most important thing about this look is to pull out all the stops. This is your Cinderella moment, so don’t hold back. Except, in this version of the fairytale your coach does not turn into a pumpkin at midnight.
Here are the components of the outfit.
Dress: You HAVE TO WEAR A DRESS. Tuxedo separates or funky jumpsuits will not do. Choose the ballgown of your dreams and remember to have it altered to fit. By the way, your fairy godmother is paying for the outfit, so don’t be shy. You might need to pop fashion tape in a few strategic places to keep the frock from shifting. No need to choose a long gown if that’s not your thing. By all means go knee or tea-length (less formal, but just as elegant). Choose any colour.
Footwear: Choose dressy heeled pumps, Mary Janes or sandals that go with the style of the dress. Metallics are flop proof and add a fabulous dimension to the outfit. Dark footwear can work, especially if it’s bejewelled. Don’t choose dressy footwear that you would wear to the office. Amp it up! Pop your shoes on before the dress because sometimes that’s a whole lot easier, and won’t crease the dress.
Bring along a pair of glitzy sneakers or flats to change into later in case your feet need a break from those heels. It’s easier to add flats and sneakers to a shorter dress, so if you decide to wear a gown, remember that you’ll be committed to that heel height.
Topper: Short feathery or faux fur jackets and stoles look good with fit-and-flare dresses. Longer brocade or lace coats look fab with straighter dresses. Wool or velvet capes can work with just about any dress. And sparkly wraps are an easy solution for a sleeveless dress.
Accessories: Choose bold jewellery that makes a statement. It might be earrings and a cuff bracelet, or simply earrings. A festive mask or fascinator is another way to go. A pile of pearls for around the neck would be my choice here, and perhaps a gigantic cocktail ring too (and I’m leaving on my green specs so that I can see). Finish off the look with a small dazzling clutch or wristlet, hair that is done at the salon, hosiery if you need the insulation, sultry make-up, nail polish, and perhaps a splash of your favourite scent.
The only thing left to do is have a ball at the ball!