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Spring Gala Season Is Here. We Answer Your Burning Question: ‘What To Wear?’

This year’s festive looks run the gamut from bold hues to ultra-sleek, modern silhouettes. Find your perfect style, and how to accessorize it, here.

Charity balls, corporate benefits, red carpet extravaganzas—there are a lot of reasons you need a gown this month that don’t involve getting married. While certain colors and silhouettes are always in style, this season has a few trends worth noting. “We saw it on the red carpet—so much color, and lots of sequins and metallics,” says Barneys New York’s Fashion Director, Marina Larroudé. “This season, it’s about being bold—wear something over the top! And if you are dressing up, indulge yourself.”

Red and yellow are favorite hues for Spring 2019, and florals remain a popular theme, like the feminine print featured on the Brock Collection’s vintage-inspired gown. How you accessorize is a matter of personal taste, but, as a general rule, shoes, bags, and jewelry should never overpower the dress. Christian Louboutin’s crystal-embellished clutch introduces sparkle without stealing the show. Then tie the look together with shoes that pick up accents from either the gown, the clutch, or your jewelry. You can’t go wrong with a delicate, strappy sandal like this barely there pair from The Row.

SHOP ALL GALA STYLES

Florals take the form of intricate embellishments on this Fendi gown.
Drop earrings add sparkle and drama to a demure look.
Allow the 24k gold–dipped and textured brass to serve as the focal point of your look.
Givenchy's one-shoulder, padded sleeve creates an ultramodern silhouette.
Strappy sandals in metallic hues are the perfect choice for a warm-weather affair.
We love the elegant drape and traditional bias cut on Alberta Ferretti's silk gown.

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