A Guide to Black-Tie Gala Fashion

Black-tie dress codes are often confusing for many people. They are unsure of the dress style or suit color to wear, and it can lead to unneeded stress before a fun event. However, there are certain hints—such as the invitation style and event location—that can help guests decide which outfit or dress rental to reserve. Here is a brief guide to black-tie gala fashion:

Consider the Invitation
The invitation to a black-tie event can provide several hints for how to dress. For example, a mailed invitation with sophisticated calligraphy and heavy cardstock typically signals that this will be a high-class and fancy event. Women will likely want to wear a floor-length, couture gown, and men will wear tuxedos. If the invitation is sent through social media or even through email, then the dress code may be less strict. Women can wear an attractive pantsuit or cocktail dress, and men can wear a nice suit.

Research the Location
The location of the event can help style an outfit as well. If the gala is being held in a high-class ballroom, then strict formal wear is required. If the gala will be held on the patio of a ranch house or restaurant, then cocktail dresses and suits are acceptable. Researching a location is also important to decide what type of shoes to wear. A grassy or gravelly location will make it difficult to walk in stiletto heels, so women may wish to wear wedges or heels with a thicker base.

Ask for Clarification
If there is any confusion or doubt as to the dress code, then it is acceptable to ask the host for clarification. It is polite to ask the host before the event rather than to show up in the wrong style of outfit.

Lending Luxury carries a diverse range of styles, colors, sizes, and dresses for all occasions. When clients need a designer dress rental for an upcoming gala, they know to call Lending Luxury at (800) 403-9848. Please call us for all formal wear needs in Tampa, FL.

Tips for Doing Your Prom Makeup

There are many components to making a flawless prom appearance, such as a beautiful prom dress rental and gorgeous makeup. Watch the attached video and read below for helpful tips to have flawless prom makeup.

  • Accentuate your best features, such as beautiful skin or a memorable eye color.
  • Use a lightweight concealer and dab a minimal amount over discolored areas or acne.
  • Reduce shine with a non-shimmering powder, and apply it to the “t-zone” on the face.

Complete your prom look with a beautiful prom dress rental by Lending Luxury. We have couture gowns, high fashion dresses, and many other styles of prom dresses online in Tampa, FL. Please visit us online and call us at (800) 403-9848 to start creating your dream prom look.

Summer Formal Wear Guide Part Two

When the weather turns warm, it definitely shapes the decisions we make regarding our wardrobe. Whether you live in Florida or not, you've probably considered how in the world you are going to regulate your body temperature in a gown at an outdoor wedding in May. We put together some of our strategically chosen favorite cocktail dresses and gowns to get us through the season...

Part Two: Gowns

What do you do when the invitation says 'black tie'? Break out the floor length gowns, regardless of the weather forecast. It's not that much of a sacrifice; who doesn't like playing dress up for an evening? The main thing to consider when choosing a gown appropriate for the heat wave we've come to expect in our hometown is fabric weight. Look for light, airy, flowing skirts, or again, jersey that will allow your skin to breathe. Also check the lining and count the layers. There might be chiffon billowing beautifully in the breathe, but underneath there are 2 layers of polyester that will be sticking to your legs but the end of the night.

Here are some excellent choices in terms of weight and comfort. Tell us your fave!

SHOP THIS POST | BLUSHING BEAUTY: Clarisse Artisan Beaded Evening Gown $120, Clarisse Blushing Belle Evening Gown $110; LIGHT & AIRY: Clarisse Sparkling Appliqué Evening Gown $65, Bari Jay Indigo Sweetheart Gown $70, Nina Canacci Sizzle Beaded Empire Gown $85; LOVE & LACE: Nina Canacci Ooh-La-La Sleeveless Gown $95, Mignon Plunging Passion Evening Gown $125.

Summer Formal Wear Guide Part One

When the weather turns warm, it definitely shapes the decisions we make regarding our wardrobe. Whether you live in Florida or not, you've probably considered how in the world you are going to regulate your body temperature in a gown at an outdoor wedding in May. We put together some of our strategically chosen favorite cocktail dresses and gowns to get us through the season...

Part One: Cocktail

Short dresses are a little easier to figure out, but there are still things you want to consider. Make sure that a shorter length is appropriate for the event. Even if the invitation say 'black tie optional' or 'formal' you can still chose a cocktail dress that is embellished enough to make up for the hem. Also think about the weight of the fabric and whether or not you'll be spending some time in the sun. Heavier fabrics are definitely going to make you sweat and delicate fabrics, like silk, are going to give away your prespiration immediately. We chose a majority of jersey blend fabrics that breathe.

Tell us your fave!

SHOP THIS POST | SPARKLE & SHINE: Aidan Mattox Rose Sequin Dress $60, Mori Lee Silver Annie Dress $75; GILDED LACE: Clarisse Dramatic Glittering Applique Dress $95, Clarisse Black Cap Sleeve Cocktail Dress $85, Clarisse Gilded Flower Strapless Cocktail Dress $85; STRIKINGLY SIMPLE: Basix Black Turquoise Beaded Dress $55, Abyss Vivien Blush Pink Halter Dress $70.

How to Rent Your Dream Prom Dress

Lending Luxury is a Tampa company that provides dress rentals for special occasions like prom. You can rent a beautiful prom dress for your special night, and you won’t have to worry about dry cleaning, alterations, or future storage. Read below to learn how to save yourself the stress of buying a dress and rent a dress with Lending Luxury.

Create an Account
Renting a dress from Lending Luxury is easy once you have a free membership. This membership requires only an email address and password to get started. You can further customize your account with a wish list of your favorite dresses and outfits. As you settle on the perfect prom dress rental, then you can input your billing information and shipping address to your safe and secure Lending Luxury account.

Narrow Your Search
There are hundreds of outfits to rent and buy from Lending Luxury, so it is important to use different functions to narrow your search. You can narrow your prom dress search in several ways, such as by size, style, price, and new arrivals. If you have a specific style of dress you prefer—like high-low, couture gowns, or cocktail dresses—then you can find different outfits to suit your preference. Once you have narrowed down your search to the perfect prom dress, it is time to reserve it for your big day.

Reserve the Outfit
You can select and reserve your outfit for an immediate shipment or for a future date. The reservation will include a clean dress, free return shipping, and use of the dress for five days. You can also reserve the outfit for more than five days, if you wish. Once you are finished wearing the dress to your prom, send it back in the prepaid shipping package.

Rent a beautiful and affordable prom dress online in Tampa, FL with Lending Luxury. We provide designer dress rentals at a fraction of the retail cost, so visit us online or call us at (800) 403-9848 to learn more.

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