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Feelin' Fancy: Gala Dresses

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Let’s be honest, it’s not every day that a gala invite lands in your mailbox. So when one does, you want to look phenomenal. But wait; what exactly is a gala? What’s the dress code? And finally, what do you wear? Scroll below for our gala guide, so you can dress to the nines (and look like a ten!)

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What is a gala?

A gala is a formal evening party usually held in honor of a charity, auction, or other type of fundraiser. It may include dinner and another form of entertainment, like dancing.

a long embellished dress

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What’s the dress code?

A gala usually calls for a lavish dress code; white tie or black tie attire is typical of these events. A long evening dress, heels, and your fanciest jewelry apply here; so feel free to get super decked out! Need some ideas? All of the dresses featured here are perfect for a gala.

a long blue evening dress

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A glamorous ballgown or heavily beaded dress is elegant, yet appropriate. Try to stick to deep shades or neutral colors, like black, silver, navy and gold. And don’t shy away from embellishments; a pretty beaded or applique bodice with illusion add some interest for a picture-perfect ensemble.

As the last touches, pull hair into a chic updo or go for big curls for an old Hollywood glam finish. Don’t forget to grab a cute clutch before you dash out the door; browse some options here!

‘Tis the season; shop more gala dresses in our long evening dresses collection!