3 Tips for Styling Special Occasion Outfits

In the world of fashion, a special occasion is defined by the chance to wear a more refined and stylish outfit. It's the perfect time to bring out those elegant ensembles tucked away in your closet, ones that are a step up from your usual day-to-day attire. Special occasions often include celebrations like holidays, birthdays, reunions, and even weddings. Preparing the perfect outfit for such an event may require a little extra attention, but worry not, as we have three easy tips to help you look effortlessly stunning on that important day or night!

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1. Be sure to follow the dress code

As the year comes to a close, there are several exciting special occasions to anticipate, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah. Ensuring you're dressed appropriately is key. Dress codes usually range from casual attire to elegant black-tie affairs. You can learn more about each dress code in our blog Dress Codes Decoded. However, in this context, special occasion attire usually falls into the categories of cocktail, formal wear, and black-tie outfits.

2. Location, Location, LOCATION!

Similar to the real estate industry, the location plays a pivotal role when it comes time to dress up for a special occasion.  For instance, the weather and venue setting are crucial considerations. For an outdoor event, like sunny beach weddings, our Selena Dresswould be an ideal wrap dress—plus size or regular—since its midi length complements both sandals and heels. On the other hand, our Sara Jumpsuit is a wide leg jumpsuit formal-friendly for a wedding in a cooler time of year. Since it is sleeveless, Sara can be elevated with another layer like a womens black shrug such as Adele. Adele is a textured, cropped bolero making it an excellent choice for diverse affairs and chilly temperatures.

3. Essential Accents

When wearing statement dresses,  little to no accessories are needed, this is because the dress is bold and breathtaking. This means loud jewelry or even a handbag can clash with the entire look. For example, the Frankie Metallic Dress has dramatic flared sleeves and a jeweled bar on the cut-out neckline. Because of these details, a small, thin bracelet would be better than large stacked bracelets, and no necklace is needed with the illusion of one in place.

Conversely, a women's special occasion outfits doesn't necessarily imply that your clothing takes center stage. In fact, at times, even minimalist styles like the Black Lisa 2.0 Faux Wrap Dress and the Effie Cardigan Dress in Deep Cobalt can undergo a striking transformation into special occasion attire with the addition of attention-grabbing accessories. These standout accessories might encompass a dazzling clutch, bold bracelets, or even a captivating pair of heels.

Lisa 2.0 Little Black Dress


Effie Deep Cobalt Cardigan Dress


To sum it up, dressing for special occasions can be a breeze when you keep these key principles in mind: stick to the dress code, adapt your attire to the venue and weather, and make those accessories work their magic. With these simple but effective tips, you'll be ready to shine at any event and find these styles and more in our new arrivals for plus, regular and petite dresses and jumpsuits.