The Anti Gown Gang
24.05.19

Inspiration 

At Love and Object we love a seeing a dress code on an invitation – who can say no to getting a little fancy for a special event? 

There are many ways to reference the request uniquely, whilst still being appropriate for the occasion.  Whether you decide to stick to tradition or take a unique approach to an event dress code, jewels and accessories can completely transform your event look, even in the most basic of outfits. 

Black Tie, whilst formal, does not require a floor length gown.  For a point of difference, why not try a tux or some embellished trousers with a sharp blazer? 

We saw some stunning modern interpretations of what to wear to a Black Tie event at this week’s Cannes Festival. For example, Anja Rubik and Charlotte Gainsbourg both looked so fabulous (each of them in Saint Laurent), yet neither were wearing traditional ‘gowns’. 

Amber Heard also made a striking appearance - in a gown, yes, but paired with thigh high boots she brought an unexpected fierceness to the red carpet.

Anya Rubik, in Saint Laurent. Image Credit: Getty.
 

 

Charlotte Gainsbourg, in Saint Laurent. Image Credit: PopSugar.

 

Amber Heard, in Elie Saab. Image Credit: The Standard.


If you aren’t a fan of heels, take a cue from the boys and try a pair of black patent brogues with a crisp tux-style shirt and tailored separates. Add a killer pair of earrings and you are good to go.

And what about Cocktail? Often the trickiest and most confusing of dress codes. What you wear for a cocktail with the girls might not necessarily work for a cocktail event invitation. Either way, you can't go wrong with a tailored jacket, a beautiful blouse and some leather or tailored pants.

For those impromptu after work drinks, at L&O we like to keep a metallic or embellished clutch at our desk with a few statement earrings and brooch options inside - Not only will it perk up your working space with a little glam, you’ll also be ready for a last minute date, with minimal effort (always the ideal scenario in our books).

  
Love and Object Georgette Bracelet.

 

  
Love and Object Palazzo Bag.

 


Love and Object Cher Necklace.

 

For something more considered, a simple black turtleneck can transcend most dress codes with the addition of a statement choker or a bounty of gold layered necklaces.

Those crisp white pants you loved over summer can still look incredibly glam through winter with a gold metal belt threaded through, a fine cashmere knit and a show-stopping pair of earrings.

If white tie is on the agenda, a full-length dress is, however, required.  Embrace it – it’s your chance to have a Cinderella moment, but there are still ways to add personality.

The most formal of all dress codes is the perfect occasion to arrive a with a fabulous jacket, coat or bolero over your shoulders - a floor length silk slip dress, a vintage embroidered velvet jacket and fabulous jewels will look divine.

  
Christy Turlington. Image Credit: Max Mara.



Diana Ross. Image Credit: Gene Spatz.

 


Jerry Hall, Studio 54. Image Credit: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff.



At the end of the day, elevating clothing we have worn and feel amazing in with some head-turning accessories is much preferred by us, over buying something new that we may feel completely uncomfortable in. You’ll always have more fun when you feel like yourself x

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