25 Gala-Appropriate Pieces That Don't Cost a Fortune

It’s not every day you get to go to a gala, so if you find yourself with an invitation to such a coveted affair, you may be wondering what to wear. Fret not, that’s where we come in.

A typical gala is a formal affair, often held to support a worthy fundraiser, charity event, and other special occasions. Gala etiquette calls for an evening dress, sleek heels, a small clutch bag, and statement jewelry. In addition to following the dress code, it’s just as important to feel comfortable in whatever you choose to wear.

So if you just aren’t a dress person, swap in a sophisticated jumpsuit. The same goes for heels: Don’t get caught wobbling in ├╝ber-high heels if you aren’t used to wearing them—opt for an embellished flat instead. No matter what you decide to wear, this is your chance to go all out with the glamour (Just think Met Gala on a smaller scale.) So how much is too much? We're here to help you figure out what to wear to a gala with our favorite styles to help guide your search.

We've broken down our gala guide below to make it as easy as possible for you to dress for this possibly daunting affair. Shop the dresses, heels, clutches, jewelry, and alternative options we'd love to wear to a gala below.

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