Campus Life
Gala Style Guide
by Alena Blanes | April 12, 2018

It’s time to drop the books and hit the dancefloor.

After months of late nights, studying, and work, it’s time to blow off some stress and hit the dancefloor at IGNITE’s 2018 Gala. On April 20th, break out your best outfit and polish those shoes for an IGNITE event you won’t want to miss. Grab your ticket for a night of dancing, food, an open bar, and so much more!

Stuck for style ideas? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. This year’s theme is Hollywood. Let’s take a look at style inspiration from the pros themselves!

The Suit

For many, a suit is an easy option. Because this is a semi-formal event, a full tuxedo may be a bit too formal. But fear not, here are some of the hottest suit looks we’re loving!

Classic suit styles

The Pants

Go for a tailored trouser or chino in neutral colours like navy, grey, beige, white, and black. But don’t be afraid to go bold!

Colourful suit styles

The Blazer

No need for a full-on tuxedo, sleek pants and a blazer is your best bet. Just like the dress pants, go for a neutral colour. When styled correctly, bold colours and mixed styles can also be a great look.

Contemporary suit looks

The Dress Shirt

You can never go wrong with a classic white button-up, but there’s always room for personality. If you’re wearing neutral suit pieces, jazz up the look by adding a bright coloured or patterned shirt. Or keep it simple and let your blazer and pants stand out!

The Jumpsuit 

It’s contemporary, it’s stylish, and it has pockets! If a dress isn’t your thing, why not opt for a pantsuit.

Women's Pant Suit Styles

The beauty of the jumpsuit is that it’s so versatile! You can keep it simple like Jennifer Aniston, or go bold. Best of all, you don’t have to feel obliged to wear heels.

The Dress 

Whether you’re into neutrals or all about the bold, be sure to pick a dress that you feel confident in! Here are some of our favourite celeb-inspired looks.

Simple dress styles


Paired with minimal or bold jewellery of your choice, an A-line dress is flattering on any body-type and is sure to shine at Gala.

Classic dress styles


Take it from fashion queen, Mary J Blige — the black dress will never go out of style.

Patterned dress styles


Forget plain — floral and geometric patterns are a fun and modern way to spice up your dress game. Pair with bold makeup for a look that’s sure to stand out.

Bold dress styles


If you’re anything but ordinary, go for a bright coloured dress. Keep makeup minimal to let your outfit speak for itself.

The Makeup

Whether you choose to wear makeup or not, it doesn’t hurt to take a little inspiration from Hollywood.

Classic makeup looks


If you’re going for a timeless Hollywood makeup look, take note from Bella Hadid, Jourdan Dunn, and Kendall Jenner. Bold red lips or nails paired with a neutral dress is a classic duo that is sure to bring out your inner star.

Bold makeup looks


Kick off summer in a colourful way with a bold yellow or bright pink eyeshadow like model, Emily Ratajkowski. Alternatively, minimal eye makeup paired with a bold gold or metallic lip is a fun choice to bring your outfit together.

Simple makeup styles


Looking to keep things simple but still shine? You don’t need bold colours to still stand out, just use what you’ve got! If you have amazing brows, accentuate them with brow gel and a subtle highlight like Olivia Cuplo. For a glossy look like Sofia Richie, add a nude gloss with a pink-toned blush. For a subtle pop on your lids, pair peach-toned makeup with white liner on the lids like Margot Robbie.

The Shoes 

It really is all about the shoes. If you’re wearing a suit, opt for loafers, Oxfords, or brogues. Like the pants, it’s best to stick with neutrals to not distract from your outfit. Of course, don’t be afraid to go bold to accent your personal style! Likewise, break out your best heels to match your dress, jumpsuit, or power suit of choice. Here are our top picks:

Heels shoe styles

The Heel

Whether you go for a boot, open-toe, or stiletto heels, there are endless styles from Hollywood to inspire you. Yeezy-inspired boots and wrap heels are a stylish choice while the timeless ankle-strap heel is a classic shoe that goes with everything from pantsuits to mini skirts.

Dress shoe styles

The Dress Shoe 

Sometimes it can be difficult to let your personality shine in a suit. For a hint of character why not add patterned socks or shoes to amp up a plain pair of dress pants. It’s also important that your dress shoe does not clash with your suit.

Whatever you decide, be sure to wear something that makes you feel confident and ready to dance the night away! We’ll see you there!

Tickets for IGNITE’s 2018 Gala are selling fast! Grab yours while you can.

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