Long, floor-sweeping or short. Lavish princess-style or tight as a glove. Soft or almost geometrically shaped. Classic or daringly experimental. It’s difficult to find a single common denominator for evening gowns; they do however,all follow the guideline of being dream-like, elegant, sophisticated and glamorous. And unforgettable, of course. This statement by Giorgio Armani has made history: Elegance is not about being noticed, it’s about being remembered. A long and lavish dress will certainly make a strong impression on people’s imagination. It can often happen that a gown gets more attention than the woman wearing it. Let me just remind you of the long dark blue Guy Laroche that showed off Hilary Swank’s back at 2005 Academy awards. You’ll probably also think of the gowns Oleg Cassini created for Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy.
Think of the legendary white dress Marilyn Monroe wore in Seven year itch; not to mention Givenchy’s tight little black dress Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. At the same time, these examples serve as evidence of a close connection between film and fashion. The evening gowns are always shown last in fashion shows, they never subdue to rigid style norms and it doesn’t really matter, whether they’re wearable or not. What matters is that they evoke emotions in the spectators or surprise them. It’s true that even an evening gown has to satisfy some fashion standards, but they’re not that complicated. It’s all about these pivotal points: occasion, our figure and complexion.
It’s important to choose a gown that is appropriate for the occasion at hand. It has to reflect your taste and follow fashion and etiquette. The first rule that almost everybody knows is: if you are invited to a wedding, you should not choose a white dress. If your skin is fair, steer clear of bright colors, such as yellow and white, and if you have a porcelain complexion with dark hair, you’ll look stunning in dark red or burgundy and similar shades all the way to pink, such as fuchsia, or vivid cool colors, such as emerald green and cobalt or midnight blue.
If your skin is darker, you have a wider variety of colors to choose from, even white, which will create an elegant contrast and make your complexion stand out beautifully. You can also opt for yellow, mint green or pink, but stay away from black or brown shades. Another piece of practical advice to keep you on the right track, when you choose the color of your evening gown; mind the undertone of your skin. How to determine what it is? It’s simple: check the veins on your wrist. If the color is somewhere between dark blue and violet, your undertone is cool and that means you can opt for cooler colors, such as violet, dark blue, burgundy etc. If the color of your veins appearscloser to green, the undertone is warm. This means you can choose from warmer colors, such as bright red, orange, yellow and so on.
When you’re looking for an evening gown, mind that the color suits you and the cut is suitable for your figure as well as the occasion. No matter how elegant it is, not every dress is suitable for all occasions. If you’re going to an office evening party, opt for an elegant suit rather thana short dress or bare shoulders. A lot also depends on the company in which you’ll spend the evening.
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