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