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I absolutely love these pictures taken at the BAFTA film awards a few months ago and I've been waiting for the newest party edit from Pronovias to be released so I could chat about this amazing jumpsuit. I often decide to go for something a little different than the typical gowns you're used to seeing on black tie occasions and this tuxedo style look was my first choice for the awards.
I learned a long time ago that special occasions can often leave you dressing and feeling a little too far out of your comfort zone, but that doesn't always need to be the case. Whether you want to show a little décolletage, a little leg or nothing at all and whether you're dressing for a red carpet, a graduation or a party to end all parties - there's a style out there to make you feel your best.
With the BAFTA television awards being celebrated this past weekend I thought it was the perfect time to look at the 4 styles I love to wear on the red carpet and for those events with a dress code that requires a little more pizazz than usual.
CHIC STATEMENT JUMPSUIT
There are so many styles to consider when you get an invite that's black tie and truth be told, any occasion that has a dress code can start to feel a little overwhelming. I feel that tradition is always to seek out a beautiful ball gown style dress when you know there'll be a red carpet to walk but the tides have most definitely turned over the years and the floor length dress has some strong competition. The jumpsuit is my first port of call when looking for an alternative because of the versatility they offer. An occasion worthy jumpsuit can straddle both masculine and feminine notes while giving you the peace of mind that you won't be tripping over the hem of your dress any time soon!
MID LENGTH DRESS
For any occasion you should always consult the given dress code and double, triple check with the hosts what's expected of you if you're ever in doubt. Some occasions will always call for a floor length dress but others suit a midi style perfectly. I have a few occasions coming up that I know I'll be able to wear a beautiful mid length style for - weddings, alumni dinners and Cannes events to name a few but what's so great about finding a midi dress you love, is you're so much more likely to get your cost per wear. Think satin style materials and a more fitted look to be fully in-keeping with a more formal dress code but a little sparkle can keep the look special too.
FLOOR LENGTH DRESS
The original style for the red carpet that dress codes will still sometimes encourage but don't worry you don't have to look far to bring the 'ball gown' into the 21st century and the current seasons. Think sleek and chic so you can let your accessories like metallic belts and bags, do all the talking - especially if the full length style is a little outside the norm for you. Bright and bold colours will make a beautiful on trend statement but classic black and navy will never go out of style. Oh and if you do want to up the number of times you can wear your dress, then be sure to alter it in the future and create a new shorter dress, from something you already own and love.
TUXEDO STYLE SUIT
And I can't even begin to think about walking a red carpet without a killer suit in mind, this time a tuxedo style. Think satin lapels, tapered legs and perhaps even some strong shoulders to nod to the current 80's trends. An easy style to mix and match away from the red carpet if you're looking for a piece to wear for multiple occasions but one that also shouts 'I've done this before' while you're on it. Team with a lace camisole under or even nothing at all if you're feeling brave, so long as you have some dress tape at hand to keep your modesty. A style that falls way inside my suiting comfort zone and even helps me to pose confidently too - I love pockets for restless hands!
Images taken during the BAFTA film awards at the Savoy Hotel, London.