Today’s guest post is from Katie Ellis, brand marketing, Rent the Runway. Here, Katie gives us three guidelines for dressing for charity fundraisers.

When in doubt, go conservative.

When trying to decide what to wear to a charity event, whether black tie or cocktail attire, it’s best to err on the conservative side. You can still make a statement in a gorgeous gown or frock, but sticking to less revealing necklines and cuts is best. If your hemline is short, go for more coverage on top and if your dress is floor length you have some liberty to try out a fun, interesting neckline. Here are some of our favorite gowns and cocktail dresses that are perfect for any charity event.


Style in action at the Young Patrons of Lincoln Center “Party on the Plaza, on Sep. 26, 2011.

Accessorize intelligently.

When choosing how to accessorize your dress, we recommend sporting jewelry that complements, not overwhelms, the outfit. Go for simple earrings and a single strand of pearls if your dress is on the loud side, and feel free to go for more of a statement if your dress is simple. Here are some of our favorite pieces that work with a variety of dress styles.

Makeup and Hair: KIS (keep it simple).

This isn’t pageant world, and a “Snooki poof” isn’t necessarily an appropriate updo. Go for a chic blowout and get your makeup done if possible. If that’s not available, blow dry your hair straight and pull some of the front back with a chic barrette, or pull all of your hair back into a simple ballerina bun. Keep your makeup understated but a red or pink lip is always a great pop of color. Here are some of our favorite Lancome products that are available to purchase on

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