Make A Fashion Statement While Giving Back: What To Wear To Fundraisers And Galas

by Melissa Puppo Oct 2017 Also on Digital Edition

Season has arrived, which means galas, fundraisers and events are in full swing. We know choreographing a schedule will be hard enough, so we’ve done the work in assembling seven looks that will take you through cocktail mixers, to luncheons, to Sunday polo.

Beach Bash

Embrace the Palm Beach lifestyle by rockin’ a bold-printed Lilly Pulitzer dress. Don’t miss Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s Beach Bash Palm Beach event in December, where marine life supporters will gather together for a great cause. The evening focuses on conservation and fun, so stay consistent to the theme with an appropriate dress. Complement the outfit with metallic accessories and jeweled sandals. Plus, how fun is this Clinique lipstick designed by Jonathan Adler? It’s inspired by Palm Beach, one of his favorite seaside destinations.

1. CLINIQUE + jonathan ADLER Lip Pop in Palm Beach; $22; Available at 2. LILLY PULITZER Ophelia Swing Dress in Seaside Aqua Coconut Cove; $178; Available at 3. KENDRA SCOTT Alex Earrings in Brown Pearl; $65; Available at 4. INDIA HICKS Deep Sea Blue Dougal; $220; Available at 5. KENDRA SCOTT Rayne Long Necklace in Gold Dusted Glass; $80; Available at 6. MARIO ROMANO CAPRI Giorgia Capri Sandal; $210; Available at 

No need to be bound by tradition when it comes to a black-tie event. Instead, don a richly colored gown in a body-accentuating style, like this alice + olivia number with its intricate details made for a night of elegance. It’s ideal for the Kravis Center’s “Night of Stars” gala approaching in the new year, or the American Red Cross’ 61st International Red Cross Ball in February. Make the dress a focal point by adding subtle finishing touches like a pair of shimmery heels and timeless jewelry. 

1. JO MALONE LONDON English Oak & Redcurrant Cologne; $135; Available at | 2. ALICE + OLIVIA BY STACEY BENDET Mckee Tiered Maxi Dress; $695; Available at | 3. DIVADERME Lash Extender $24.95; Available at | 4. Stuart Weitzman Petite in Pewter Glass; $545; Available at  | 5. FRATELLI ROSETTI Gold Shimmer Heels; $540; Available at | 6. GILAN 18-karat Gold Earrings; $65,400; Available at | 7. ANABELA CHAN Constellation Pearl Bracelet; $2,890; Available at


Cocktail Mixer 

Headed to February’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s “Discovery Celebration” or Boca Raton’s “Concours d’ Elegance” hangar party? Break away from the norm and look effortlessly chic in a stylish jumpsuit. It’s a perfect option for a night of mixing, mingling and dancing. Accessorize with gold geometric jewelry and a handbag with edgy details. Don’t forget a stylish pair of heels and some rouge for the lips.

1. TRINA TURK Cloud Jumpsuit; $328; Available in Palm Beach; | 2. YVES SAINT LAURENT Rouge Pur Couture Satin in Rhythm Red; $37; Available at | 3. GIANVITO ROSSI Portofino Striped Suede Sandals; $687; Available at | 4. ROBERT LEE MORRIS Soho Gold Square Studs; $22; Available at 5. ROBERT LEE MORRIS Soho Geometric Rectangle Link Bracelet; $58; Available at | 6. CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Paloma Spike-Embellished Leather Clutch; $993; Available at 


Country Western Chic

Nothing says “yee-haw” like a chic country western event. Think the Rhinestone Cowboy Haute Hoedown set to take place in November to benefit KidSanctuary Campus. Embrace the hoedown theme with a flowy dress and a great pair of booties. (Bonus points if you break out some cowboy boots.) Sparkle in diamond-encrusted accessories, and don’t forget a stylish cowgirl hat. Be sure to brush up on those line dancing skills for dancing the night away.

1. ALEXIS BITTAR Coiled Snake Clip Earrings; $275; Available at | 2. MATISSE Western Leather Ankle Boots; $290; Available at | 3. REBECCA MINKOFF Fiona Dress Ditsy Scarf Printed Chiffon Dress; $248; Available at | 4. WREN AND ROCH Blush Crocodile Love Note “Make Me Blush”; $435; Available at | 5. ALEXIS BITTAR Encrusted Pave Break Hinge; $175; Available at  


Ladies Luncheon

Once the invite rolls in for Junior League of Boca Raton’s Woman Volunteer of the Year Luncheon and Fashion Show or RDK Melanoma Foundation’s Eclipse 2018 Luncheon & Fashion Show, it’s time to book a blowout and start the hunt for that go-to look. Skirt suits with chic accents or a floral dress with flared sleeves are sophisticated choices for an afternoon with the gals. Add a classic clutch and statement jewelry to complete the look.

1. DOONEY & BOURKE Belvedere Continental Clutch in Fog; $128; Available at  | 2. TRINA TURK Splendid Dress; $378; Available at Palm Beach location;  |  3. LE VIAN Chocolatier 14-karat Strawberry Gold Ring; $2,999; Available at Macy’s;  4. FRATELLI ROSETTI Pumps; $580; Available at  | 5. essieGel Couture Gala; $11.50; Available at | 6. LE VIAN Chocolatier 14-karat Vanilla Gold Bolo Bracelet; $5,000; Available at  


Sunday Polo 

What better way to spend the weekend than at the International Polo Club for Sunday brunch? While all eyes may be on the horses, be sure to make a statement of your own in a fabulous hat practical for Florida’s sunshine. Toast Champagne with friends, and rock a dress that's light and breezy in order to fully enjoy the afternoon of cheering on your favorite players. Pro tip: pair the dress with wedges or shoes with a chunky heel to avoid sinking into the grass.

1. NECTAR Mosa Sunglasses; $44.99; Available at | 2. CYNTHIA ROWLEY Off Shoulder Daisy Print Dress; $450; Available at | 3. JIMMY CHOO Norah Knotted Canvas Wedge Sandals; $475; Available at | 4. INDIA HICKS The Lady P in Ivory; $375; Available at | 5.  EUGENIA KIM Ailin Embellished Straw Hat; $415; Available at 


White Out

Whether you’re attending a winter gathering or a fashion show with an exclusive all-white theme, be sure to play the part. Last year’s Delray on the Runway Fashion Show brought socialites, designers and locals together in a sea of white. Don’t worry that Labor Day has passed—there are no rules when it comes to having fun with fashion. We recommend pairing a crisp-white blazer and a fitted top with tailored pants and edgy heels. Add a punch of color with a flashy lip, and call it a night by rocking a playful bag with tassel details. 

1. ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Grain De Poudre Wool Blazer; $1,995; Available at  | 2. ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Grain De Poudre Wool Straight-leg Pants; $765; Available at  | 3. THE HOUSE OF PERNA Mary All Over Tassel Clutch; $228; Available at  | 4. Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in 325 Impertinente; $30; Available at | 5. TORY BURCH Icon Pendant Necklace, $348; Available at  | 6. REBECCA TAYLOR Sleeveless V-Neck Top; $250; Available at  | 7. EMARVANAY COLLECTION White Leather Bangle; $30; Available at  | 8. VALENTINO Rockstud Leather Pumps; $995; Available at

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