Red carpet event dress code – Opportunity to shine

words Abi Weeks

Red carpet events are your opportunity to shine. Sure, you might not be rubbing shoulders with celebrities, but it does not mean you can get away with showing up in a pair of jeans and a t-shirt.

Whether you are attending a local red carpet event, or you are organizing your own party, you must follow a dress code. How to dress for a red carpet event is an art in itself. Here are some red carpet tips and tricks. Remember the red carpet event dress code to make sure you look the part – just in case you get to meet a celebrity!

Red carpet event dress code - How to shine


Choose the Right Outfit

Your outfit is the most important piece of the red carpet event dress code puzzle. A cocktail dress is a safe choice for most red carpet events, particularly if you choose a safe black dress and jazz it up with some statement jewelry.

If you want to step outside of your comfort zone, look for a more memorable outfit. Floor length evening dresses (like these by Sherri Hill) always look amazing, but go for a design that flatters your body shape. Metallic fabrics are very ‘in’ right now, especially with the celeb crowd. Red is another popular color if you want to draw attention to yourself.

Try to avoid figure hugging dresses unless you have a figure to die for. On anyone other than a supermodel, figure hugging just looks tacky.

Wear appropriate underwear whatever garment you go for. Shapewear is perfect for red carpet events, as it hides a multitude of sins and prevents VPL on tight outfits. You should also wear a good quality bra to avoid any embarrassing nip-slips or photoflash embarrassments.

Protect Your Modesty

Low cut dresses and strappy little numbers may look fantastic in the mirror, but have you thought about what could happen once you have had a few drinks and the dance floor beckons?

Always take steps to protect your modesty. All the celebrity stylists use double-sided tape to protect their clients’ modesty. The tape holds loose garments in place and prevents any unwanted wardrobe malfunctions.

Invest in Shoe Pads

Shoes are an integral part of an outfit for red carpet events. There is no point in pushing the boat out with a fabulous designer outfit and then ruining the effect by wearing old, ugly shoes.

If you want to make an impression, you need to rock up in some gorgeous strappy heels. Unfortunately, however, unless you are a seasoned wearer of high heels, your feet will be in agony after a couple of hours wearing high heels. To prevent foot pain from ruining your evening, invest in some gel foot pads.

Foot pads provide extra cushioning for the balls of your feet, which bear the burden of your body weight when you wear heels. Gel foot pads are very inexpensive, but they are great value for money and a real life saver at red carpet events.

Have a Professional Makeover

Spending a fortune on a new dress, beautiful heels and a piece of statement jewelry will all be for nothing if you don’t put the same amount of effort into your hair and makeup.

For best results, pay for a session with a hair stylist and beautician on the day of the event. You can have your eyebrows shaped, tinted, and your makeup professionally done. The hair stylist can cut, color, and style your hair according to your outfit and personal preferences.

This takes all of the stress out of preparing for the event. Instead of worrying about your hair and makeup, you can enjoy being pampered in the hours before things kick off. By the time the event begins, you will be photo ready for all those selfies.

Go for a Spray Tan

Most people look better with a bit of color in their complexion. The trouble is that a natural suntan is not good for your health. UV light exacerbates the signs of aging and leads to wrinkles and sun damage. A spray tan is a far better alternative, as long as you don’t go overboard and end up with a mahogany effect spray tan.

A nice, natural tan will make you look slimmer and healthier, so book a spray tan a couple of days before your red carpet event. Alternatively, if you are feeling confident, buy some fake tan, exfoliate, and have a go at doing it yourself.

Red carpet events don’t come along every day unless you are an A List celebrity, so enjoy your moment in the limelight and have fun. Face the cameras, smile, and pretend you are a star for the evening. This is your opportunity to shine!


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