How to dress for a formal dinner


Check out here how to dress for a formal dinner! Here we show you some beautiful examples of dinner party attire. We also give tips on what to wear to a formal dinner. Check out this advice and you will be confident and gorgeous at the formal dinner party you are going to attend!


For the most formal dinner parties like a white tie or formal black tie event you can wear a long evening gown like this elegant long nude dress that Megan Fox is wearing. This silhouette also looks great on her body shape.

  • Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti
  • Clutch: Rebekka Minkoff
  • Earrings: Kate Spade
  • Bracelet: Glitzy Secrets

How to dress for a formal dinner

  • Only wear a long dress when the formal dinner is at a ball or gala or if the required dress code is white tie or a more formal black tie. In all other cases you're  best off with a cocktail dress.

  • For dresses counts: The more formal the event the dressier the fabric! Choose a dress that complements your body shape and keep it simple regarding colors or patterns. For a formal event a dress in one color is the most elegant. The darker the color the more formal you will look. Look at basic or seasonal colors when choosing a dress.
  • Wear elegant high pumps or open sandals with your outfit. Wear them in a color that matches with your dress. If you wear open sandals make sure your toenails are flawless.
  • Combine your outfit with an elegant small evening bag.
  • Choose beautiful accessories but don't overdo it. Take one accessory as a centerpiece, for example a pretty necklace or stunning earrings. If you wear other accessories keep them small.
  • Put some effort in your appearance to make sure you look at your best! Go for an elegant ponytail or go for curly or straight blow-dried hair and wear your hair loose. If the dinner is more formal you can also go for a classy up do. Click here for more d.i.y. hair tips!
  • If you follow these rules than you can't go wrong! You will surely look good so just relax and enjoy your dinner!

Dazzling examples for dinner party attire 

White can actually look really sophisticated and classy. Irana Shayk looks simply stunning in this white cocktail dress. We consider Cristiano Ronaldo a very lucky man!

  • Shoes: Zara
  • Clutch: Bagboy
  • Lipstick: L'Oreal, color riche, British red
  • Earrings: Kate Spade
  • Bracelet: Swarovski

Mel B looks attractive and sophisticated in this red cocktail dress! A perfect example of formal dinner party attire.

  • Earrings: Oscar de la Renta
  • Bracelet: John Lewis
  • Shoes: Rupert Sanderson
  • Clutch: Vivid Handbags

Relevant tips and ideas

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