Struck Gold? Here’s How To Dress Up Your Fabulous Golden Dress
Gold dresses are not for the faint-hearted and definitely not for women who play it safe. It’s a bold colour. If you can find the inner goddess in you to rock a gold dress, don’t hold back. Go all out and have fun with this over-the-top choice of colour.
Sarah Jessica Parker in a flapper gold dress at the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party at Kensington Gardens in London
Dull gold dresses are all the rage now. Be it a ’40s flapper dress or a prom dress in gold, this dominant colour is here to stay a while. Metallic gold dresses have been seen on the party circuit. Little cocktail dresses in gold and elegant ankle-length gowns are quite the popular choice on the red carpet. Remember Sandra Bullock at the Oscars 2014, looking like the trophy herself.
Miley Cyrus in a gold dust prom dress & Sandra Bullock in a gold gown at the Oscars 2014
There are so many styles of dresses and so many shades of gold. Find a style that complements your body and a shade that suits your skin tone. Whatever dress you choose, the accessories can make or break the dress. Contrary to what people think, just because gold accessories go with everything does not mean everything goes with a gold dress.
Shoes are always tricky. Nude coloured shoes or black ones are safe and will blend with the dress. If you are bold enough to pull it off, you can pair gold shoes with a gold dress. It’s risky but depending on the style of dress and shoes, it could work well. Peep-toes or stilettos in gold will work with a long patterned gold dress or a deconstructed unstructured one. Meryl Streep rocked the unstructured dress that complemented her age and pulled off the gold peep-toes as well at the Oscars 2014.
Avoid gold pumps completely. If you wear a knee-length cocktail dress in muted or nude gold, you could try crimson red or deep maroon pumps. However, keep the makeup natural and carry a black or nude clutch.
Kim Kardashian in a gold dress with nude shoes; Meryl Streep at the Oscars in a gold dress and gold peep-toes; Emma Stone in a black gold lace dress and red pump shoes at the MTV Movie Awards
As a rule of thumb, the bag needs to be invisible with a gold dress. So leave your hold-all bag at home and banish the no-nonsense work tote. Opt for an elegant and small clutch in nude or black. Small handbags with chain straps are also fine as long as they don’t clash with the dress. If you absolutely feel the need to carry a bold colour, choose a red, maroon or brown clutch. Needless to say, your shoes have to be nude or black to offset the onslaught of colour.
Cassie in a gold dress and a black clutch
It’s a good idea to keep your makeup natural; just a concealer and light eye makeup should do the trick. Apply a thin line of eyeliner and use black mascara. Don’t even think of using metallic or bronze colours—the robotic look isn’t a good one. If you want to do the movie star look, you can try scarlet red lipstick or a deep plum colour. Remember to tone down the other accessories if you choose a bold lip colour. Nail paint can be a classic red or natural with just a coat of shine. Alternatively, black nail paint on short nails is an edgy look, if you’re into rockstar glam.
Beyoncé wears plum lipstick with a gold dress
You can play around with your hair. The poker straight hair is a classy look but avoidable since it’s so overdone and predictable. Experiment with an updo to show off your neck and shoulders. Alternatively, a side braid or goddess braids would go well with your dress. If you’re going clubbing in a kickass short gold dress, large bouncy curls will complete the look.
Emily Blunt’s gorgeous updo and gold dress at the Golden Globe Awards 2014
Do not overdo the jewellery. Accessorising a gold dress is like painting; know when to stop. Elegant pearls or just a simple diamond necklace will look beautiful with a gold sheath gown. If you’re wearing a fun dress, try funky necklaces in black or brown. Gold accessories on a gold dress is a blinding no-no. If you are wearing a necklace, skip earrings. However, a strapless dress with no necklace and dangly earrings in black or brown will look stunning. Bangles and bracelets in black or brown are fine. A diamond clasp bracelet with a gold dress will tell people that you are a no-nonsense diva. If you want to dress down a funky gold dress, you could wear a leather belt and boots. A jacket in black or brown or an evening cardigan in a neutral shade will water down the gold-ness.
Gold dress with a leather jacket and boots
When in doubt, keep it simple. Less is more. A gold dress is already screaming out loud for attention; let the accessories whisper. Remember that confidence is the key. Yes, people will look at you; some women will be envious, while others will be in awe. Be prepared for all kinds of cattiness when you wear this gorgeous colour. If you lack confidence, feigning nonchalant bravado always works. Whatever you do, remember to smile and have fun. Step out, hold your head high and own that gold dress.
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