Hi, I’m stylist Natalie Ogura and here’s what to look for in a formal dress. A formal or a black tie event is like the creme de la creme of dressy events. It’s your opportunity to shine with an incredible couture type gown like the ones you’ve admired down the red carpet, so do bring on the shine, the sequins, the feathers and lace, but the key is to know when to stop. There’s a fine line between gorgeous and gaudy. Holly here is looking fairytale perfect in this red Wayne Clark gown and gold sling back shoes by Kate Spade, both available at Julian Gold Boutique. The dress oozes a timeless elegance, but the color demands your undivided attention. I’ve also added a smoky quartz and sapphire necklace by Marianne Homsy to top off the look with tasteful sparkle. This dress illustrates two characteristics that your own gown should have, luxury and personality. The luxury is demonstrated through the exquisite construction and rich fabric. The personality shines through the red color and stunning necklace. As an alternative to a gown, you can opt to wear a shorter cocktail dress. It’s actually been rather popular the last few years, but personally, why not embrace the opportunity to look and feel like a princess?