What to Wear to a Fashion Show

Front row worthy looks

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You've received an invitation to one of New York Fashion Week's most coveted fashion shows but your excitement quickly turns to anxiety. What on Earth do you wear? You pride yourself on having major sartorial skills, yet, fashion's all-star week means you'll be running with the pros. No worries. Follow a few key guidelines, and everyone you encounter will think you're a veteran.

Trust Your Fashion Sense

Let's face it: if you weren't interested in fashion, you probably wouldn't be attending a show. Trust your fashion sense. Stay true to your personal style. Raise your usual look a few notches by selecting simple pieces made of choice fabrics. For a floodgate of styling possibilities, stick with neutral colors.

Focus on Fit

Whatever outfit you choose, make sure each piece fits impeccably. Wearing ill-fitting clothes is the quickest way to loose style credibility, particularly in the fashion industry. If a good tailor is not a part of your network, find one, and lock in his phone number immediately!

Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize

Accessorizing done right is an easy way to transform simplicity into sophistication. When choosing accessories, choose pieces that relate to your size. If you have a curvy figure, stay away from smaller, diminutive pieces that will get lost on your larger frame. For you petite dynamos, avoid necklaces or earrings that diminish your smaller frame.

Fierce Front Row Footwear

Take a look at the front row of any fashion show footage. One thing stands out: statement designer heels. Flats, while certainly comfortable, won't gain you style points. Nor will knockoffs. Use this opportunity to purchase those Louboutin's you've been eying over the past few months. The investment will unquestionably make your feet spotlight worthy.

Brag Bag

Sitting alongside your fierce footwear should be an equally fierce purse. Make sure it's a designer bag that contrasts and complements your body shape and mirrors your body size. If your figure is straight, choose a rounded bag. For you curvy figure ladies, choose a bag that is sleek and rectangular shaped. Finally, choose a substantial bag large enough to tote invites, a camera and plenty of business cards.

Hair and Makeup

Hair and makeup is not to be forgotten when putting together your fashion show look. Draw both on the inspiration of your outfit. Dare to be adventurous. There are no boundaries. The only requirement is that your entire look is in sync.

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