How to Dress for a Gala, According to Hollywood


Ali Larter, Kim Kardashian, Devon Aoki (Bauer Griffin)Stressing over what to wear for an upcoming fancy function? Perhaps a fundraiser or a holiday party? Well, it should comfort you to know that even in Hollywood there's only one rule to follow for such a fete: forget the rules.

The proof? The Dream for Future Africa Foundation Gala in Beverly Hills. From autumn colors to spring flowers, sexy cutout dresses to sumptuous velvet, celebs showed us how it's done in a multitude of looks. Get some inspiring ideas from the best of the night, then tell us which style you would choose in the poll below.

Dress in Seasonal Hues Like Ali Larter
Stars at the Dream for Future Africa Foundation Gala
Ali set the mood in Donna Karan's burnt fall colors and gold tribal accessories. Pass us a pumpkin spice latte, please!

Get Fierce in Black Like Karolina Kurkova
Stars at the Dream for Future Africa Foundation Gala
No, we're not suggesting you wear just any old LBD! Karolina looked 100 percent supermodel in her Estaban Cortazar cutout creation.

Wear Luxe White Like Kim Kardashian
Stars at the Dream for Future Africa Foundation Gala
The brilliance of Kim's Nina Ricci set is that it's tight and sexy while still being modest, take note of the high neck and elbow-length sleeves. Meanwhile, the ruched texture makes it anything but ordinary. And naturally, a huge rock on your ring finger doesn't hurt one bit, either.

Dare to Go Sheer Like Maria Sharapova
Stars at the Dream for Future Africa Foundation Gala
See? We told you there are no rules.

Be a Velvet Vixen Like Devon Aoki
Stars at the Dream for Future Africa Foundation Gala
We're absolutely enamored by Devon's teal burnout gown. It could work on any age and any figure, its beauty is foolproof.

Look Fresh in Romantic Flowers Like Erika Christensen
Stars at the Dream for Future Africa Foundation Gala
Some may say Erika should have saved this one for spring, but the prettiness of the Valentino piece transcends seasons.
Poll: What would YOU wear to a fancy gala?
Click to vote:
  • Ali Larter's Autumn Colors
  • Karolina Kurkova's Fierce Black
  • Kim Kardashian's Luxe White
  • Maria Sharapova's Sheer Style
  • Devon Aoki's Saturated Velvet
  • Erika Christensen's Romantic Floral
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