Met Ball 2016: In defense of dressing down

How to stand out in a sea of look-at-me dresses

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We’re well accustomed to seeing it ALL at the Met Ball. It is the fashion peacocking event of the year, where the who’s-who of the fashion world try their very best to outdo each other on the red carpet.
 
Forget semi-sheer bodysuits and outrageous headpieces though, the guests that stole the show at this year’s ball weren’t those in second-skin, embellished latex dresses (hi Beyoncé) or floor-sweeping lace gowns, but those who chose a much more restrained, nonchalant, dressed-down approach.
 
Kudos to these trailblazers who threw in the rule book in favour of flat shoes, tea dresses and, wait for it….hiking boots.
 
Tailoring
Alexa is the queen of subversive dressing and this Thakoon sequin trouser suit is no exception. Our top tip: always add elegant heels to take masculine tailoring into evening territory.

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Flat shoes
Brie Larson knows that the best way to balance out high-shine sequins is with a pair of flat shoes. Plus those ankle tie straps perfectly draw attention to the elegant ankle-length of her Proenza Schouler dress.

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Pretty prints
We love that Elizabeth Debicki has shunned the glitz in favour of a pretty floral frock. This 1940’s style tea dress wouldn’t be out of place at a summer picnic and is right on point.

 
Stomping boots
Can you wear hiking boots with eveningwear? Absolutely, as proved by Jennifer Connelly, Selena Gomez and Michelle Williams who all pulled-off Louis Vuitton’s much-coveted hiking boots with aplomb.

 
Long and languid
We’ve loved the Olsen sister’s inimitable style since the early Noughties and their coordinating Met Ball outfits are are no exception. Their polished grunge look is hard to pull off though; think long, loose and neutral.

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