Fact: getting ready for a big event is almost as much fun as the event itself – sometimes (dare we say it) even more. And making your grand entrance is all part of the pre-party fun. But you don’t need to be an A-list celebrity to arrive at an event in style – below, the five tricks to making your entrance as extraordinary as possible.
1/ Dress to impress
Channel Jesinta Franklin’s entrance at the recent InStyle and Audi Women of Style Awards: amidst a sea of little black dresses, Jesinta’s eye-popping Andy Warhol-inspired Versace design stood out from the crowd. Bright colour and bold pattern will always make an impact, but if you worship at the altar of all black everything, look for designs with cuts and fabrics that are equally attention-grabbing. Case in point: InStyle editor Emily Taylor’s dramatic jet-black Alex Perry gown (pictured above) complete with a full skirt, plunging neckine and textured material.
2/ Travel in style
Making a grand entrance hinges on how you arrive – or more specifically, what you arrive in. A luxury vehicle will have heads turning before you even step out of the car – our ride of choice is the super-sleek Audi Q7, with a sophisticated exterior, luxe leather interior and top-of-class driver assistance to take the stress out of getting to your destination. It’s so spacious you won’t have to worry about creasing your maxi-dress (fun fact: celebrities arrive at red carpet events in mini-vans so as not to crush their couture) and has won the Drive Car of the Year Award for Best Luxury SUV over $80,000 for an impressive three years’ running. The budget extends even further? Consider a chopper.
3/ Assemble your entourage
It’s no fun fronting up to a party alone, and the same goes for getting ready: instead, make an occasion of it by hosting the pre-party festivities at your place and arriving all together. Your host will appreciate the sudden boost in numbers when you all walk in too.
4/ Consider timing
Err on the side of caution here – no, you don’t want to be one of the first people in the room (awkward levels: high), but you don’t want to cause offence either. Party etiquette suggests a 15 minute window from the start time of the event is within the realms of ‘fashionably late’ – push it further, and you risk appearing rude.
5/ Don’t forget to smile
Our final piece of advice may sound trite, but we’d argue it’s the most important: arrive with a smile. Looking happy to be there will help to put your host at ease, make a warm first impression and in our books, is the best accessory you can have.