Thursday, March 15, 2018

what to wear to an awards gala

The week before last, I asked for your help to pick an outfit for an upcoming awards gala. Thanks to your votes, I had the perfect one to wear! In addition to the winning look, I thought it would be fun to show all four outfits in real-life. So without further ado, here are my awards gala ensembles. (My apologies for the garage door backdrop, I snapped these right before leaving for the event.)

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From least popular, to the winning look, here's a closer look at the outfits.

Look 1: Blush Wrap Dress (least popular)

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dress: Boohoo (exact - size up!)  |  shoes: J. Crew Factory (exact)  |  clutch: Clare V. (exact)  |  earrings: Target (exact)  |  bracelet: Amazon (exact)  |  ring: Kendra Scott (cute alternative)

Based on the outfit inspiration, this was my least favorite look, and yours too. But in real-life, I'll be danged if I don't love it! The peach is such a pretty color, and I love how the high-low hem shoes off my gold sandals. I had to deviate a little bit from the original plan (the earrings were sold out, so I substituted them with these fun $4 pom pom ones, and used my leopard print clutch instead the beaded one from the inspiration layout) but I really, really like the way it all came together.

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Look 2: Pink Tulle Skirt 

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top: J Crew Factory (exact)  |  skirt: eBay (similar)  |  shoes: J. Crew (exactclutch: Clare V. (exact)  |  earrings: Target (exact)  | bracelet: Amazon (exact)  |  ring: Kendra Scott (cute alternative)

Next up is this pink tulle maxi skirt. While it is a really fun outfit, I was actually relieved it wasn't the winning look - it would have been too much for this event. But I love it for something else!

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Look 3: Little Black Dress (the runner-up)

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dress: GAP (exact)  |  shoes: Target (exact)  |  clutch: Rebecca Minkoff (similar)  |  earrings: J. Crew (exact)  |  bracelet: Amazon (exact)  |  ring: Kendra Scott (cute alternative)

I love all the fun pops of pink in this outfit - especially the stud cluster earrings. This dress is super comfortable and I love the ruffle details, but I'm not sold on the cap sleeves. If they had been longer, this dress would have been perfect. 

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Look 4: Lace Top and Pleated Midi Skirt (the winner!)

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skirt: ASOS (exact in limited sizes)  |  top: Loft (similar)  |  shoes: Old Navy (similar)  |  clutch: J. Crew Factory (similar)  |  earrings: Baublebar (exact)  | bracelet: Amazon (exact)  |  ring: Kendra Scott (cute alternative

And the winning look by a landslide (see it in action here). Ya'll have some great taste, I loved wearing this outfit! It *almost* didn't work out when the skirt I ordered from Amazon turned out to be an epic fail, but thankfully I found this skirt from ASOS and it worked perfectly. I received tons of compliments on my outfit and I felt great in it. Truly, it was the perfect choice.

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Thank you so much for you advice and input! Now that you've seen the looks in real-life, did your favorite change? I had a blast putting all the looks together, now I need more excuses to get dressed up!

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  1. i love the black dress, but you chose well. your makeup and hair look fabulous!

    1. Thanks so much! I'm usually too lazy to put on eye shadow or curl my hair, so it was fun to have a reason to go all out!

  2. I hope you keep that blush wrap dress!! I didn't love it in the original layout post, but it looks so great on you!

    1. Since it's from overseas and would probably cost more to return it than it cost to buy it in the first place, I plan on keeping it. I'm sure one day I'll find an excuse to wear it. :)

  3. So fun to see all of these - your fans appreciate that you modeled everything :) First of all, your hair looks AMAZING. And second, I love that you ended up with my favorite one! Though I will say, the one that was the least popular maybe comes in as my second favorite now that I see it on you. Totally should hang on to that dress for a future event!

    1. My hair is driving me bonkers lately, but with a lot of product and some curl it's not half bad. :) It was really fun to see how different everything looked as a flat-lay vs. real-life!

  4. I adore the winning look! It's perfect!

    1. Thanks so much! It was a really fun look to wear. :)