February 25, 2014


Image: Vogue / 2013 Met Gala After Party, Punk Theme LOVED!

Today on WHAT2WEAR we are going to focus on how to dress for a gala.  I chose this topic because I recently attended two back to back.  Both supporting great causes and yet each called for two totally different looks.  Do a little research by checking out what the vibe was like the previous year(s). This will give you insight on what the venue was like, the mood and who was attending (age, what they wore).  Once you have determined the level of dressiness follow my guide below to help map it out!
And of course I'm going to share with you my two looks for the events I attended, just keep reading.

My Turn
LOVE 4 A CURE is a non-profit organization focused on raising funds for various Canadian charities and this year they chose to support The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.  The Princess Margaret is one of the largest comprehensive cancer treatment facilities in the world.  It sees over 1,000 patients every day and has the capacity to deliver diagnostic, treatment and follow-up care to close to 200,000 patients and their families every year.  This alone made me proud to be a part of such a wonderful event.  
So let's get to the style.  The event did say black tie however after conducting my research I did notice the crowd overall was fairly young (late twenties to mid thirties) and for the most part people were dressed nice but not over the top black tie that I originally had in my head.  With this window of opportunity I decided to forgo the dress and go with a midi skirt (super hot for spring FYI) and a crop top.  This may sound casual but that's because I chose to have my accessories steal the look.  Naturally I met up with Desiree, designer of Armed jewelry, to get hooked up for my event because I knew she would have exactly what I was looking for and as you can see below... she totally did!  I really loved this outfit because I felt appropriate enough when it came to how dressy I looked and I felt comfortable by having my personal style show through by being a bit trendy.  
Top & Skirt, American Apparel / Necklace, Armed / Booties, BCBG / Lip, MAC Asian Flower 

MOTIONBALL is a not-for-profit organization that builds awareness and raises funds for the Special Olympics Canada Foundation.  Since it's inception in 2002, motionball has donated over $3.3 million to the SOCF!!  It's another feel good party to attend and this is one in Toronto that you do not want to miss.  With this being their 13th year hosting the event you can expect it gets bigger and better each year.  This was my first year attending and it certainly won't be the last.  I was blown away by how beautiful it was, how amazing the energy was and overall it was just a really great group of people.
This gala was in fact a legit black tie event so there was no doubt in my mind that I was going with a gown.  My day gig is working for a New York based bridesmaid dress line called Twobirds and I knew that was what I wanted to wear in black.  I know you are thinking to yourself "but no one ever wears their bridesmaid dresses again" well we are different.  We make dresses that you actually do wear again and this just proves it (or you can check out this other post for further convincing).  The other part I was set on was having an accessory piece be a major element to my overall look.  Feeling a little gutsy I chose to go with a headpiece that I literally became instantly obsessed with the second it was placed on my head.  Unlike a necklace that becomes part of your outfit this kept my dress and the accessory separate so they could both receive equal attention.  This piece was also crafted by the one and only Armed that's now available in her shop and soon at Bicyclette for those of you in the Queen West area.  I'm so happy I was able to wear a look like this.  Events where we can get as dolled up as we wish without feeling overdressed don't happen all the time so cease any opportunity you get!  

I just want to give a big thanks to Desiree from Armed for loaning me her ridiculously amazing pieces for these two events.  She brought to life my visions and let's be honest these looks would be been nothing without them.  Her work is seriously the best.  Much love and thanks x
Dress, Twobirds / Headpiece, Armed / Lip, MAC Rebel

Photographer / Tania Martinez


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