You were excited to receive the beautiful wedding invitation and immediately said yes to attending. As the event day nears, many women have decided that the days of the standard black dress are over and it’s time for something unique, colorful, and with a touch of shine. Depending on the location and the time of day, a “special occasion” dress code can mean any number of options.

No matter the location, you will want to look sophisticated and confident. From weddings and garden parties to glamorous soirées, dressing up for these events is both an exciting and essential aspect of the experience.  Donna Leah, founder of Donna Leah Designs, shares her top trending tips that focus on sparkle, color, and drama.

Embrace the Sparkle

Nothing says “special occasion” quite like a touch of sparkle. If you gravitate to a luxury look, rich fabrics with shine are the way to go.  Donna Leah Designs’ summer collection features dresses adorned with intricate hand-embroidered details, sequins, and crystal embellishments that create an enchanting and alluring look.  Popular with Mother of the Brides, are floor-length gowns with glittering appliqués that will leave a trail of mesmerized gazes.

Celebrate with Color

Dresses in vivid colors are perfect for summer weddings and outdoor events. You’ll know it’s the perfect dress when it captures the spirit of the season and the vibe of the event. Opt for a dress in a shade that flatters your skin tone, and you’ll be the epitome of summer elegance. Rich jewel tones like emerald green and sapphire blue to soft pastels like blush pink and lavender, offer a color to love for every personality and style.

Long Sleeves for a Touch of Sophistication

Long-sleeved dresses are a chic and sophisticated choice for summer special occasions, providing an air of refinement. Donna Leah Designs offers a range of dresses with long sleeves, crafted from lightweight and breathable fabrics like chiffon, lace, and silk, ensuring comfort and style in equal measure. These elegant gowns are perfect for summer weddings, offering a modest yet fashionable look that will leave a lasting impression.

Create a Unique Look with Drama

When asked what the best way is to create a memorable look, Donna Leah revealed: “At Donna Leah Designs, we believe that special occasions call for a touch of drama. Our collection includes dresses with unique silhouettes, unexpected details, and bold patterns. Opt for a gown with an asymmetrical neckline, a dramatic train, or a voluminous skirt to create a striking and unforgettable look.” These statement-making dresses are ideal for weddings and other summer events, where you want to make a lasting impression.

Tips for Accessorizing Your Summer Occasion Look

To complete your summer special occasion ensemble, don’t forget to accessorize with statement jewelry, a stylish clutch, and the perfect pair of heels. Choose pieces that complement the colors and details of your dress without overpowering it. Consider metallic accents, such as gold or silver, to enhance the sparkle of your gown, or opt for gemstone jewelry that echoes the hues of your dress.