Lifestyle

All you need to know to make most of your school formal

Tani Emery wearing Adorne earrings drape $45.95, Jendi black and white clutch $65, Black, Studibaker formal dress $725. All courtesy of Strictly Feminine Fantasy Rags on Goondoon St.
Tani Emery wearing Adorne earrings drape $45.95, Jendi black and white clutch $65, Black, Studibaker formal dress $725. All courtesy of Strictly Feminine Fantasy Rags on Goondoon St. Brenda Strong

ELABORATE styles are in with bright colours to fascinate and delight.

While black and white is still a fabulous, classy option, don't be afraid to go all out with a bright orange, pink, red or sky blue.

The dazzling formal dresses for this week's fashion are courtesy of Strictly Feminine Fantasy Rags on Goondoon St.

And for those who prefer a more subtle, casual look, try adding some bling and heels to a summer dress.

3Style Clothing presents some great options, with two stylish Cooper Street dresses and a pop of colour with some eye-catching heels.

These can be dolled up with some shiny drape earrings such as those available at Fantasy Rags.

For another option, take a tip from the celebrities.

A simple, plain dress - either white or bright - can make for a superb formal dress.

Just add some heels, a fancy hairdo, earrings or alluring necklace.

For those looking for that perfect formal outfit make sure to try on your dress and purchase something that suits your own style and personality.

In saying that, don't be afraid to try something new that complements your character.

And last but not least, don't forget your matching clutch.

This can complement and make all the difference to your 2013 formal outfit.

In your purse:

  • Lip balm, lipstick, comb, bobby pins, gum/mints, band-aids, cash, tickets (if needed), ID, mobile, other necessities.

Dress shopping tips:

  • Get something within your budget.
  • Find something that suits your style and shape.
  • If you're purchasing from the internet give yourself plenty of time and be sure to have the correct sizes. Internet buys can be risky.
  • Wear your heels around at home before your big night.

Formal tips:

  • Finding the ideal dress does not mean spending a fortune. Look at the sales racks, local department stores and don't forget your trusty second-hand shop. These can come in handy, especially if you have a mum or friend who can sew and re-design.
  • If you are planning on having your make-up done, ensure you allow time for a trial run a week or so beforehand. The same rule applies to hair.
  • Eyebrow waxing and plucking should be done at least three days prior to your big event - this will allow time for the redness to go down.
  • Button-up shirts are generally your best bet when getting your hair done.
  • Tell your date what colour you are wearing for best match possible.
  • Arrange after-formal activities with your friends ahead.
  • Be safe and have fun

Topics:  editors picks fashion gladstone fashion prom school formal



10 best street art spots to take an Insta selfie

IF YOU are in need of a few trendy new Instagram snaps, then get your phone and selfie-stick ready and head to Brisbane.

Theatre royalty graces Brisbane stage

Don't miss Charles Edwards in this incredible theatre performance.

WHEN acting royalty comes to town, you sit up and take notice.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

600 apply for 35 jobs at exciting new store

Marney Rackley and Ashlea Gessell from Harris Scrafe display the latest fashions that can be purchased in store.

HUGE store opening soon is flooded with hundreds of job applications

'I had no role in' Gladstone's $200k contract decision: O'Dowd

Incumbent member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd awaits official polling results of the election.

HUNDREDS of thousands local pollie won for our city goes out of town

Old time Gladstone worker passes on knowledge

OLD-TIMER: Tannum Sands State High School students Porcia and Hannah met and chatted with Fred Critchley.

LOCAL of almost five decades built major Gladstone landmark.

Local Partners

Theatre royalty graces Brisbane stage

WHEN acting royalty comes to town to direct the theatre performance of the year, you sit up and take notice.

PHOTOS: Gladstone's hottest models to fight for $50K prize chance

Riley Callow, Roche Bailey and Whitney Freyling are getting ready for the MAXIM model search coming to Tannum Sands.

HUGE BRAND name coming to Gladstone to pick and choose our best.

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

Dev Patel in a scene from the movie Lion.

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films most likely to win at Oscars.

Can rightful winner Midnight take out golden Gosling in Oscars?

Can Lion pip La La Land at the post in this year's Oscars? Sunny Pawar (pictured) helped bring a powerful film to the big screen.

WILL Aussie film Lion triumph or will popular La La Land prevail?

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

'Why we drove 800km to buy a treehouse with a disco ball'

The new owners have planned a few updates, but will stick with much of the original design.

A couple travelled almost 800km for the home of their dreams.

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

Gladstone's 20 cheapest properties on the market, all under $150K

DIRT CHEAP: 5/239 Sun Valley Rd, Kin Kora is selling for $140,000

PROPERTY sellers drop prices as houses and units sell for bargains.

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!