A formal affair

How to dress to the nines this cocktail season.

With winter far behind us, we’ve given up our down-filled parkas and bulky boots in favour of lighter wear. But that’s not the only reason we’re celebrating. Milder weather also ushers in the season for weddings, charity galas and cocktail soirees where the dress code calls for glam from head to toe. To help you put together a look fit for royalty, here are a few bedazzling and bejewelled numbers.

Spiffed up

Aldo derby shoe 

Classic and understated by day, the derby shoe gets a sleek, spiffy makeover courtesy of Aldo just in time for the ritzy affair on your social calendar. This patent offering is perfect for the bon vivant who wants to take his evening look to new heights. Aldo Etoevia Patent Derby, $120, at Aldo boutiques and aldoshoes.com.

To a T

Tiffany T, the debut collection by Francesca Amfitheatrof, Tiffany & Co.’s first female design director, beams in its simplicity. Case in point: the wispy bracelet above, which shines bright, whether on its own or in a shimmery stack. Tiffany T Wire Bracelet in 18-karat gold with diamonds (image above; also available in yellow, white and rose gold), $3,450, at Tiffany & Co. stores and tiffany.ca.


Stuart Weitzman nudist sandal 

With a neutral colour that mixes and matches with virtually every hue under the sun, these sparkly nude ankle-strap heels make an eye-catching pair thanks in part to the striking finish. Stuart Weitzman Nudist Sandal in platinum noir (also available in black goosebump nappa, pyrite nocturn and flesh goosebump), $450, at Stuart Weitzman stores and stuartweitzman.ca.

The gold standard

Miss Caprice gold crystal evening bag

An upscale event is the perfect occasion to swap our work carryalls for something on the smaller, more sophisticated side. Enter this gilded, rhinestone-encrusted clutch, which will give any ensemble the Midas touch. Miss Caprice Gold Crystal Evening Bag, style No. 0004 (also available in silver and black), $85. To find select retailers in Quebec or to order by phone, call Sayan Bags at (514) 725-1118.