How to get dressed for a red carpet event

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1330 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon

@Angel974:  To me, “red carpet style” would mean super formal.  Floor length gown, statement jewelry, the whole *damn* 9 yards.  Honestly, it would annoy me to get a dress like that (probably about $200) that I’d only wear once.  Try to get a very formal shorter dress, they are usually cheaper.  Taffeta is almost always cheaper than satin.

The dress you showed is a little informal, IMO.  But I have no idea what their interpretation of “red carpet” is.  I dunno, show up as your usual stunning self and pretend that you don’t notice anything strange if you feel like you’re under- or over-dressed.  If you don’t act like anything’s odd, they probably won’t either.

Post # 4
4653 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

That dress looks a bit informal for Red carpet. Check out Rent the runway get a amazing dress and not break the budget! 

Post # 6
9956 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Re – Semi Formal vs Formal

It comes down to fabrics, cut, style, quality and length.

Cockail Dresses are the norm for Semi Formal.

Cocktail Dresses – Long Gowns – Ball Gowns are what is usually worn for Black Tie or White Tie Events.

You will need to take your clues from what is appropriate from the Dress Code that is advertised with the event.

The Dress you have shown might be fine for Semi Formal… but not dressy enough for a formal event, as the fabric isn’t luxurious enough.

Hope this helps,

PS… You can use GOOGLE to find ideas of what is appropriate.


Post # 7
1434 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Angel974: I definitely feel the same as @AllyCRN:  and @MsPanda:  That dress is too informal.

In my experience, I always feel like it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed at an event.  I’m not saying that you should arrive in a ballgown, but in this day and age it is rare to be able to get properly dressed up, so you should take advantage of it.  Check out BCBG, JCrew’s bridesmaid section, even H&M.  

Good luck!  Sounds fun 🙂

Post # 9
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

red carpet style means floor lenght. try bcbg. they have amazing dresses!

Post # 10
44992 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Angel974:  Do you know if they plan to send out invitations? You might be able to get a clue as to the level of formality from the invitation.

Otherwise, I would ask hubby for the name of a contact person on the event planning committee and ask them.

Post # 12
9956 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

The biggest season for Formalwear is the Christmas Holidays.  If your event is going to be in 2014, all the better… as you’ll probably be able to find a good deal if you are smart and keep an eye on the Sales.

I always find that Large Department Stores are a good place to look for Semi Formal & Formal attire… Nordstroms – Macys – Lord & Taylor etc.

But there are certainly many other stores that also sell clothing appropriate for a dressy occasion (be it a Cocktail length or Long Gown)

The trick is tho when you shop to look for something that doesn’t scream CHRISTMAS or NEW YEARS

As for fabrics… the dressier ones are:

Chiffon – Lace – Organza – Silk – Satin – Taffeta – Velvet (to name but a few) as well as look for ornamention (if you like it) in the way of Feathers – Sequins – Beading – Embroidery etc.

Hope this helps,


Post # 13
4481 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I went to a red carpet event earlier this year, and like you I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on a dress I’d only wear once.  I got this in black:


I was very happy with the choice.  It’s a flattering dress, though it’s a bit low cut (we sewed the bodice a bit so there was less cleavage).  It was reasonably priced, looked formal, and because it’s lightweight it doesn’t take up any space in my closet, so I don’t feel bad keeping it just in case.

Post # 15
1524 posts
Bumble bee

Something more like this red carpet to me means glamorous elegant and unique



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