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Special Occasion Style Guide
Scallop Detail Lace Twin Set by Alex Evenings Soft Spring Jacquard Knit Jacket Dress by Alex Evenings

How To Dress For A Special Occasion


You've been looking forward to the big event for months. You've made the travel plans, your hair appointment is set, and you've found the perfect pair of dressy sandals for dancing the night away. The only question is: What are you going to wear?

Special engagements call for special occasion styles that not only capture the moment, but also set you apart with sophistication. But above all else, the perfect formal fashions will allow you to stand, walk, sit, greet guests and be twirled to your favorite song with absolute ease. At Draper's & Damon's, we specialize in dresses, twin sets and jacket dresses that make any event more magical. So no matter if you're the mother of the bride or groom, the night's host or a beloved honoree, our special occasion outfits for women will bring out your brilliance.

To help you select the perfect special occasions outfit, we've created a style guide explaining our best-selling formal looks along with helpful tips about their fit and flattery.

Twin Set Jacket Dress

Should I wear a formal dress?


Timeless and tasteful, a special occasion dress is what most women envision for their formal events. And often times at the sacrifice of comfort. However, our formal dresses are different and unique thanks to careful construction and premium stretch fabrics. Our most popular special event dresses are designed in stretch lace. Not only does this giving and forgiving fabric allow you to move with ease, it refuses to cling. Which is especially helpful should the buffet be extra tempting. Our stretch knit dresses are also popular for this very reason, as are our georgette and mesh dresses. Our designers are very fond of these materials as they can be arranged with lovely tiers and asymmetrical hems that create gorgeous flow for incredible flattery. What's more, many of our dresses also feature lavish embellishments like sequins, sparkles and beading for a look of pure radiance.

Beading and Shimmering Triple Tier Georgette Pants Set
Beading and Shimmering Special Occasion Georgette
Supple Sparkle Twin Set By Alex Evenings Romantic Garden Twin Set by Alex Evenings

Can I wear a twin set to a special event?


Now more than ever, twin sets have become the go-to look for women who want to make a memorable entrance. (We bet you didn't know that the twin set was originally created by fashion designer Otto Weisz in 1934 for the Prince of Scotland!) Eye-catching and head turning, formal twin sets bring stylish drama to any setting with luxury details and elaborate prints. What's more, a twin set can actually elongate the look of your silhouette as it breaks up your outfit. The slimming secret here is that your upper half will be clearly defined in a dazzling color or print while your lower half will be more subdued in elegant black–and most likely in pants or a skirt that flows in chiffon or georgette. Again, stretch lace is a popular fabric for special occasion twin sets, as are sparkle knits and vibrant shantung fabrics.

Twin Set Twin Set

Is a jacket dress flattering and comfortable?


There's something about a smart jacket dress that exudes confident style. Feminine yes, but hardly fussy, a formal jacket dress offers regal allure, complete with a flattering neckline, distinct sleeves, and an unmistakable air of sophistication. What's more, the jacket itself provides perfect coverage where you need it most. And since the jacket's hem hangs lower than your waist, the troublesome tummy area is completely overlooked. All your admirers will see are long, flowing lines. Even better, many of our jacket dresses are styled with fluid skirts that are perfect for dancing.

We hope you found this special occasions style guide helpful, and we encourage you to view our many formal styles right now. Plus, we also carry a beautiful selection of shoes, handbags and accessories that will complete your look with elegant allure.

Shop our women's special occasions collection today to find the perfect special occasions outfit in misses, petites and women's sizes.

Couture Duster Lace Jacket Dress by Alex Evenings Lace Double Tier Jacket Dress by Alex Evenings
Sparkle, Beading, Lace Stretch Lace
Multi Row Quartz Jewelry Crystal Stretch Bracelet in Yellow Gold Tone Quilted Bag
Gail Pump Aubrey Pump
Jewelry Accessories
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