1. A nude dress can be done tastefully
While beige colours aren’t the most exciting, take a page from Chiang Yu Lan’s dress and learn how to work a nude dress to maximal effect. With the pale silver vines creeping down the front of the dress and the eye-catching silver sequins, it’s glamorous and sexy without being vulgar.
2. Never shy away from a dramatic train
Tan Min Li shows that even in pants, a train can instantly amp up the drama. Wearing Halpern – a brand that is well-loved by Amal Clooney and Lupita Nyong’o – her jumpsuit shows that you can balance out the drama of a train by sticking to sleek silhouettes and accessories.
3. Learn how to accessorise a printed dress
For a busy printed dress – like the Versace number worn by Dana Chong – keep your accessories dialed down so as not to compete with the wow-factor of the dress.
4. Who said all-white was for brides?
Looking stunning in her Alfie Leong-designed ensemble, Susanna Kang shows that an all-white outfit can be modern and directional. While cascading tulle and white opera gloves might make people think “bridal”, Susanna keeps it sleek with her sci-fi inspired neckpiece and her futuristic makeup.
5. Let some feathers fly!
Jamie Chua makes the case for evening feathers in her Rami Kadi Couture two-piece ensemble. Learn from her by finding a simple top to match with a more statement skirt.
6. Sleek metal accessories go a long way
While her Oscar de la Renta sequinned gown looks amazing, it’s really Ho Ching Lin’s metallic accessories that really hit the home run. With stacked cuffs and a waist-defining belt that exude futuristic-vibes, you can also replicate this look by sticking to sleek, metallic accessories that lean towards minimalist design.
7. Wear pants for cocktail party
Cocktail hour need not necessarily mean skirts and dresses. Like Tanya Tan shows here, work a louche jumpsuit for your party moments.
8. Black and white never hurts
Maggie Chong demonstrates the power of a classic black-and-white combination. Especially when it’s done in a dramatic cascade of ruffles, this timeless colour combo is all you need to make a truly dramatic entrance.
9. Power up your pastels
One way to make pastels fresh again for evening? Choose one with a metallic sheen, just like Karen Ong Tan’s Alex Perry princess-worthy gown.
10. No grey in the grey area
While others might shy away from grey, we love a beautiful grey dress. It’s a softer alternative to black that’s less harsh, but still dressy enough to be worn for a party. Don’t take our word for it, and see how Coco Tang wears her gorgeous Elie Saab dress. Visually it’s interesting without being attention-grabbing, and the addition of the sheer panels and romantic ruffles add dimension to the look.