Dressing for Special Occasions – Dos and Don’ts

Dressing for Special Occasions

Every time you get an invite – be it to a wedding, a birthday, or an office party – you’re left feeling excited… and confused. What to wear?


Ideally, you want to go for something that makes you feel confident, sexy, gorgeous, and of course – appropriately styled. But that’s easier said than done. Here are a simple dos and don’ts to help you achieve the look that’ll have everyone turning their heads for all the right reasons.

Dress for the occasion

Though the science of dressing fancy can be broken down to a few general rules, it’s best to keep in mind the specific event you are planning to attend. For instance, it’s never, never, a good idea to try to upstage the host especially in events like birthday parties or engagements. Let the bride be the one in white – you’ll have your time to shine. Other events may require you to dress to impress. Use your intuition to know one from the other.

The little black dress is a safe call for any special occasion, but it loses its charm the more you opt for it. Instead, look for a dress code on your invite. If you don’t find one, simply call up your host and better be safe than sorry. White tie and black tie formals call for floor-length dresses or high-low gowns with accessories to go (such as hats, shawls or gloves), hold your hand on the jewellery. It’s best to opt for one piece of statement jewelry to accentuate your look rather than wearing the entire trinity of earrings, necklace and bracelet.

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Black-tie optional or semi formal events offer the luxury of keeping it more in your comfort zone. You can bring out your skirts, cocktail dresses and even a jumpsuit or pantsuit that’s on the fancier side.

Watch the clock

What you wear at night and what you wear in the day are two completely different sides of the coin. Day events like a Sunday brunch or a daytime wedding call for more casual attire. Think calm pastel shades, soft breezy fabrics, and minimalist accessories. Save your glitter for the night.

The calm dark of the night is a good backdrop to complement your sequins, beads and silks. Go for bolder colours like red, blue or emerald. Shinier fabrics like polyester, silk, velvet and patented leather make for an eye-catching look. Day events can be accommodated by a small trendy handbag, but it’s best to stick to clutches for the evening.

Remember who the outfit is for

When staring at high-end super models or chic mannequins, it’s easy to forget that you’re the one who has to wear that dress. Always buy clothes that will suit you and are tailored to your needs. Choose colours that will suit your skin tone and make you shine. Some colours like red, black, and white are a safe call for many, but the slightest change in shade can make one heck of a difference.

Go for cuts that accentuate or visually improve your silhouette and hug you in all the right places while downplaying your negative aspects. A dark, slim, dress is great for those with a fuller figure whereas those with an hourglass should indulge in a low-cut piece. Tall, slim women should not hesitate in showing off their stems, whereas if you are on the shorter side, a cinched waist or asymmetric cut will do the trick.

Don’t hesitate to try out your outfit beforehand in order to know exactly how you’ll look on the day of the event. This way you’ll avoid any last-minute blunders or hurried cover-ups. At the end of the day, own your look and enjoy the party!

About the author

Sarah is a hijabista and fashion consultant at Modanisa, who is always on the lookout for the latest Muslim fashion trends and styles. She loves to play with them creating new fresh looks for different occasions. She happily shares her ideas with readers from all over the world.