Not everyone gets an invite to a fashion show, but if you’re lucky to get the opportunity to attend, we’ve got some amazing styling tips for you.
Although the center of attention is on the models, naturally you’ll want to look fashionable too. However, if you don’t know what to wear to a fashion show, we’ve got some advice and products to help you. Firstly, let’s talk about the reasons to dress up and outfits to avoid.
A Bit About What to Wear to a Fashion Show
Not only is a fashion show an epic social event, it's also a spot to premier upcoming trends and keep up with the latest looks. With that being said, you'll want to dress appropriately. We've broken down some important aspects below.
Why Dress Up to a Fashion Show?
Before we look into what to wear to a fashion show, let’s talk about reasons why you’d dress up in the first place. Firstly, this event is all about fashion, so why not explore your own style by dressing to impress? Everyone who attends these shows are a huge fan of clothing and get excited by new wardrobe looks. It’d be so embarrassing to be the only person in the venue who hadn’t made an effort. Although the main attention is given to the people on the catwalk, everyone who attends loves to make an effort. They also don’t mind having eyes on them too.
There aren’t always many opportunities in life to wear your favourite designer dress without looking over the top. However, during a fashion show, there’s no such thing as over the top. With celebrities and fashion designers attending, these are people at the top of the fashion game who take their appearance seriously. Have fun, let your hair down and play around with new styles.
Dressing to impress at a fashion show is also a great excuse to go shopping. See a personal stylist to help you feel at your best. Alternatively, bring out all your favourite looks from your wardrobe which you were never quite ready to wear yet.
Things to Avoid Wearing at a Fashion Show
We’ve seen plenty of fashion mistakes in our lifetime, and we’re sure you have too. But, what makes an outfit fashionable? And what makes one a disaster? There are a multitude of reasons for a disastrous outfit. Firstly, if it doesn’t suit you, then it’s likely to fail. Even if something looks beautiful, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’ll do you justice. Consider your height, body shape and skin tone.
Avoid anything which is too over the top. You’re not Lady Gaga (we love her, but only Lady Gaga can be Lady Gaga!). Put down the oversized hat and 30-inch heels. Stick to you and don’t make it look like you’ve spent all week getting ready. People appreciate an effort, but you want it to look like you’ve effortlessly got ready and styled yourself.
What to Wear to a Fashion Show
If you’ve scored an invite to a fashion show, congratulations! We’re excited for you. Not everyone gets this kind of opportunity in their life, and we want you to make the most of it and have the best time ever. Here are some of our favourite tips on what to wear to a fashion show.
1. Opt for an Edgy Look
If you’re confused about what to wear to a fashion show, then an edgy look is always a winner. Essentially, this is a look which isn’t polished. Instead, there are certain garments and accessories of your outfit which roughen up your look. Rather than opting for a girly, delicate appearance, it’s somewhat heavier and more exciting. These chic looks are unexpected and free. You can become who you want to be and play around with traditional looks to create an edgier vibe. Also, an edgy look enables you to play around with your hair and make-up, and switch things up.
Black, skinny jeans are a great essential for an edgy look. However, it’s important that the hem rights at your ankle and doesn’t cut short or fall long onto your foot. As a result, your legs will look longer and leaner. It’s also the perfect opportunity to show off your new footwear. If you’re serious about an edgy look, you’ll need a pair of designer boots to complete the look. Preferably, opt for a studded pair as they embody the exact edginess you’re trying to capture.
Complete this look with a traditional, black, leather jacket. There are so many varieties to choose from, but our motto is that the fit is everything. Invest in a leather one, rather than faux leather for a polished look. Depending on the season you’re attention the fashion show, you can opt for a cropped jacket or full-length one. Although style is important, your health and comfort is equally as important.
2. A Casual, But Exciting Look
A second option of what to wear to a fashion show is a casual look. However, this certainly doesn’t mean boring and it should still be exciting. A casual look works exceptionally well to many shows and events because you remain comfortable and stylish without appearing too flamboyant. This is also a great go-to style if you’re attending the fashion show straight after a long day at work. This look is a lot harder than it might seem. You don’t want to look under or over-dressed. Finding that medium is extremely hard, but we have some tips which will help.
Firstly, make sure that you don’t lose colour because you’re dressing casually. This certainly doesn’t call for black, grey and white-only outfits. Adding a splash of colour is one of the best ways to bring excitement and a sense of style to your outfit. Without it, you can lack energy and presence. A pair of skinny pants or a midi skirt work well on the bottom half. We recommend keeping these colours neutral so that you can layer some exciting on top and with accessories.
A designer sweater or well-fitting jacket on top is a great go-to for the top-half of your fashion look. However, do consider the detailing on the jacket. Opt for elements of glitter/sparkle. Big buttons and bold detailing works well to add some level of attention to your outfit. A casual look doesn’t scream attention, but we don’t want you sitting at the back of the crowd, unnoticed. Finally, you may decide to wear a pair of blue jeans – which are perfectly suitable for a fashion show. However, for this particular look, avoid any with rips and large embellishments on them.
3. Minimal Jewelry
Accessories are equally as important as the rest of your ensemble when considering what to wear to a fashion show. Your clothes should take the centre stage, which means that you want to keep your jewelry minimal. This doesn’t mean that you avoid wearing any. It simply means opting for smaller designers which aren’t bulky or too bright. Here are a few suggestions of minimal jewelry to wear to a fashion show.
14k Yellow Gold 3mm Round Tube Slip-On Bangle Bracelet
This 14k yellow gold slip-on bracelet is the perfect asset to a casual look. It’s dainty and polished, whilst remaining high-quality and beautiful to look at. Made from high-quality materials, gems, stones and even Swarovski crystals, this slip-on bangle leaves an impression without trying too hard. It’s glamorous and everything you need for what to wear to a fashion show. Also, as it’s simple, there’s no chance of looking like you’re trying to get attention. Team it with a three-quarter jacket, or a strapless dress to acquire just the right amount of attention.
18K Solid Yellow Gold 2.5mm Cuban Curb Link Chain Necklace
If you’re wondering what to wear to a fashion show, then jewelry is your best friend. This 18k solid, yellow gold chain will never let you down. As it’s nickel free, it’s also perfect for people who have sensitive skin. It makes a wonderful gift for someone attention a fashion show. Alternatively, treat yourself if you have the opportunity to go. If you are ordinarily a huge fan of big and bold jewelry, then choose a solid pair of earrings rather than attracting to your chest. This will help to divert the attention to your face and let the outfit work itself. By creating a balance, you achieve the perfect style for a fashion show.
4. Get Your Outfit Tailored
You might think that the most important aspect of fashion is the item of clothes and how well they work together. However, it’s equally as important that your clothes fit you well. If they don’t, you’ll look larger than what you are, or divert attention to the aspects of your body you least like. Also, clothes which are hanging off of your body don’t look stylish. You won’t do them justice, so they won’t have the opportunity to shine. How you feel about your appearance is also a huge factor in looking good. If your clothes are too big or tight, you’ll feel self-conscious and feel like all eyes are on you for the wrong reasons.
Clothes are an important part of your expression and style. Getting your final chosen outfit tailored provides you with the freedom and comfort that you deserve. Fashion shows require you to sit down for most of the event and enjoy the show. However, how can you feel comfortable if your clothes don’t fit you right? Very few people fit into the sizes in shops perfectly. As a result, the major attractions in the clothes you purchase don’t get their moment. Instead, they lie too low or high, and people don’t get to see their real potential.
For a professional and stunning look, visit your local tailor and enquire about getting your clothes perfectly fit. Make sure you do this well in advance, as it can sometimes take weeks to acquire the finished look.
5. Don’t Forget Your Footwear
After you’ve decided what to wear to a fashion show, you’ll require some shoes which finish the overall look. Believe it or not, what you wear on your feet can actually make or break an outfit. Firstly, consider the style and mood that you’re trying to achieve with your outfit. For example, if you’re committing to an edgy look, then you’ll need shoes which follow suit. Don’t opt for a rugged leather jacket and then dainty, sparkly high heels. Here are some of our favourite selections of footwear on the Internet right now.
Marc Defang New York Women's Handmade AB Crystal Diamond Frost Bridal Heels
These shoes are designed to empower women and stand out. If you don’t know what to wear to a fashion show but are sure you want shoes which aren’t subtle, then these are a great go-to pair. However, they effortlessly stand out and have been designed with excellent care and attention. With a 1 ¼” platform, they’re not as difficult to walk in as they may look. Also, the heel measures 5”. This provides excellent height and helps to elongate the legs. However, they’re still practical enough to wear. Featuring AB crystals and iridescent sparkles, these shoes light up any room they’re in. Also, with low-lit lighting at fashion shows, they’ll beautifully glisten against the indoor lighting.
Giuseppe Zanotti Women's Dress Sandal
There’s nothing subtle about these heels. With a leather sole and made from 100 percent leather, these shoes are a lot more practical than they appear. The heal measures around 4.5” which is enough to accentuate your legs without making them ache your feet. Thanks to the platform measuring 0.5”, this provides a stable support for your feet so they won’t ache as you enter and leave the fashion show.
6. Don’t Forget Your Handbag
A handbag is more important to fashion than you might think. Firstly, they’re considered a fashion statement and help you to keep all of your personal belongings in one location. They’re also used as a style statement and can be a focal point of any outfit. If you don’t know what to wear to a fashion show, then focus on your accessories – a bag being one of them. Consider what you’ll wear this bag with. What is the colour of your outfit? What’s the theme you’re trying to convey? Eg. Casual? Edgy? You want your handbag to follow suit and not contrast against the look you’re trying to achieve.
Prada Tessuto Leather Handbag
This handbag is an ideal option if you don’t know what to wear to a fashion show. Prada has a different design to any other fashion brand which we can’t help but admire. Why do people love this brand so much? Well, it’s a symbolism of power and has been the upfront of fashion statements for a long time. Therefore, what better time to wear this brand than at a fashion show? There’s more than meets the eye with this handbag. It’s practical, but also a beautiful statement piece which every woman will love.
As it comes in a radiating black finish, you can wear this with almost any style or colour. It also gives you the opportunity to play around with details and embellishments on the other areas of your ensemble. Finish in a soft calf leather and tessuto, it offers a smooth and sophisticated finish which we absolutely love. Team this accessory with some extravagant shoes and keep the rest of your ensemble minimalist.
Gucci Bamboo Large Top Handle Bag
This large Gucci handbag just screams fashion show. Crafted in Italy, it’s been designed with excellent skills, craft and commitment. As a result, you’re left with a soft, leather handbag which is beautifully stitched together. In fact, the stitching is probably the main aspect of this bag. We love how Gucci play against norms and create their own fashion statement. With a bamboo handle, this is another feature of the handbag which we absolutely adore.
If you don’t know what to wear to a fashion show, but love accessories, then this is the perfect handbag for you. Stick to an all-black outfit and complete your look with a stunning designer handbag to get you a sophisticated edge.
7. Over-sized Designer Sunglasses
We’re obsessed with over-sized sunglasses because they scream fashion statement and designer. However, don’t just opt for any pair of sunglasses, as you need to consider your face shape and the rest of your outfit in order to master this look. Large sunglasses are designed to steal the show. Therefore, the want the rest of your accessories to be minimalistic. That means dainty earrings, a simple watch and no large handbag. Reduce the details and embellishments too as you want the focus to be on your face.
You might be concerned that you’ll have to take off your sunglasses when watching the fashion show. However, many celebrities keep their shades on indoors and the catwalk lighting perfectly complements this. On the other hand, if you’d prefer to remove your glasses for a better move, don’t just throw them in your handbag. Keep them hooked on your blouse/dress for a new style it itself. However, don’t put them on top of your head as they can easily get hooked in your hair.
Aside from making a fashion statement, sunglasses obviously have a practical factor to them too. As a result, they’re ideal if you’re attending a fashion show outdoors or during the summer time. The frames shouldn’t be so large that they are wider than your face. If they are, then they’re too big. Also, the frames should still show your eyebrows. Not only do sunglasses look unfashionable if they’re too big, but they can also become too heavy and give you a headache. When trying them on, look in the mirror and smile. If they rise off your nose, then you need to pick a different size.
8. Adopt a Classic Style
A classic style can win every time. Don’t be intimidated by the classic look as it’s an ideal go-to appearance for a fashionable approach. However, don’t go over the top or you’ll ruin the overall tone and feel of the classic style. Think polished, simple and stylish. Also, block colours are an excellent go-to for a classic look. White, yellow, gold and silver and great colours for a classic style.
Aside from your clothes, consider your hair and make-up too. However, you don’t want to look outdated. Therefore, add a fresh approach to a classic hairstyle. Accessories and colours are a great way to do this. In terms, of make-up, we recommend a notorious red lip. This looks beautiful against block colours. You may wish to have a little fun with your outfit by mixing and matching different styles to create your own version of a classic style. For example, accessorize with a clutch and a pair of flat shoes.
What Would You Wear to a Fashion Show?
If you don’t know what to wear to a fashion show, we hope the above tips and recommended products have helped to clear up some gaps in fashion. The most important thing is to keep your own style and not feel like you have to replicate anyone else. It’s perfectly okay to be influenced by others, but keep your own style and characteristics in your fashion taste too.
What would you wear to a fashion show? Share your advice and/or recommendations in the comments to keep this conversation going.