Have you ever found yourself staring blankly into your closet hoping the perfect dress will just pop out? We’ve been there! Just once, it would be nice if the process of finding something to wear would not have to take up a whole day (or what it feels like to be). Sometimes dress codes are simply hard to decode. Many factors go into selecting our looks from the type of special occasion to the time and venue. All events have their own proper attire, which can be overwhelming at times. Whether you are going to a charity gala dinner or a black-tie wedding, we are here to help you find the perfect Tadashi Shoji evening gown or cocktail dress to make you look and feel glamorous.

Black-Tie Wedding

Your friend or relative is getting married. You get the invitation and there it says on the bottom right hand corner, “Black-Tie.” The immediate reaction is what to wear? Black-tie weddings are all about the elegance. It is appropriate for women to wear evening gowns or dressy cocktail dresses, which can be played up with beaded embellishments. In regards to the question of what color to wear, attire at elegant weddings are beautifully filled with a wide array of colors with the exception of white, which tends to be reserved for the bride. This type of special occasion calls for glamorous makeup and hairstyles, such as a smoky eye, and a polished up-do. Formal weddings are definitely the nights to bring out your dramatic jewelry and really let your neck, arms, and hands sparkle. If you are invited to a black-tie garden wedding, you might want to wear something graceful and flowing such as our Paillette Lace and Tulle Gown. The paillettes coupled with a sweeping train impart an undeniably romantic quality, creating a beautiful look for the big day. If the black-tie wedding is held at a big city hotel, then your outfit must reflect the atmosphere of the venue. Our Sora Gown exudes elegance, from the golden bodice to the floor-length skirt, perfect for extravagant hotel weddings. Whether you are going for the romantic understated look or the stunning sleek look, Tadashi Shoji has a dress perfect for the occasion. 


Charity Gala

Look great while you donate. No matter what type of charitable organization you support, it will most likely host an annual or bi-annual gala to raise funds and gain support for its cause. Evening charity events are usually held at distinguished hotels, large event spaces, or spacious museums for an illustrious experience. The attire typically ranges anywhere from black-tie to semi-formal. Women are able to personalize their glamorous looks with occasion jewelry for both dress codes. What to do for hair and makeup? Classic hair and polished makeup will create the perfect look. Quick Tip: If you’re wearing black, a vibrant red lip is timeless and sophisticated. If the gala invitation requests black tie attire, the appropriate look would be a classic floor-length gown. Our Paillette Embroidered Lace Gown is a classic style with a shiny new touch, simply dazzling for the event. Pair this look with a silver clutch and you are ready. If you are going to a semi-formal charity gala, you can opt for a dressy cocktail dress. Our Ishi is sure to turn heads. The chic and playful A-line is ideal for the occasion. Finish the look with some black pumps and it’s time to celebrate. Getting ready for your big night just got a little easier and a lot more fun!


Military Ball

Be the belle of the (military) ball. Whether you or your significant other are in the army or navy, all military branches have a formal night filled with toasts, dining and dancing. The best part for the women: the dresses. Military balls are elegant affairs and the dresses should be too. Try to stray from bright colors or heavy patterns for this occasion. If you decide to wear jewelry, keep it simple and tasteful. As for hair and nails, classic looks are your best bet. Hairstyles such as a bun or soft curls are effortlessly elegant. Quick Mani Tip: French manicures are always a good choice. 

Dresses for the formal event should be memorable yet understated. In the past, ball gowns were part of the formal dress code but today, full-length evening gowns or knee-length cocktail dresses are much more popular. Tadashi Shoji has stunning collections of dresses and gowns to make you look and feel gorgeous, while still adhering to a tasteful dress code. Imbued with classic elegance, our Embroidered Lace Gown shows off your figure in a modest yet fashionable way. If a shorter dress is more you, our Louise dress is a stylish yet sophisticated choice. With these tips, you can look cute while you salute!

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