With the Presidential inaugural festivities right around the corner many people are wondering, “What do I wear to an inaugural ball?” Fortunately for you, Young & Powerful for Obama asked Stylist & Commentator, Yasmine Yasmine, to create an Inaugural Ball Style Showcase, attended by Senator Eric Adams, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, NAACP Director Marvon Bing, TV Host Stevan Lynn, UBC TV President Peggy Dodson, and Miss Jessie’s Founders Titi & Miko Branch at Lifestyle & Trimco.
Remember, there are only two rules to dressing for balls; make sure your dress is floor length AND flattering to your figure. Here is Yasmine Yasmine’s list of the must attend 2013 Inaugural balls and the looks she styled to be worn to them.
Text by Yasmine Yasmine, Scarf Stylist, Wardrobe Stylist, Commentator
What To Wear To The 2013 Inagural Balls
1. The Green Ball 1/20/2013
Didn’t you know green is the new black! Bare your enviro-human-animal loving heart in this eco friendly recycled wool and linen blend flowing gown as you dance the night away amongst fellow tree huggers and earth activists. Don’t be surprised if eco stars Al Gore or Brad Pitt show up and request a dance, because withthis look you will be breathtakingly Beau-TREE-Ful! (Click here to attend: http://www.nwf.org/2013-Green-Inaugural-Ball/Event-Details.aspx)
2. The Heritage Inaugural Ball 1/20/2013
Long known for cultivating the black royalty of America the only gown worthy of wearing to a Jack and Jill Ball must also be fit for a princess or a queen. Glide into the room wearing this fairy tale-esque black diaphanously layered, peplum ball gown and be prepared for an onslaught of inquiries and proposals from the black elite looking to make a suitable match for their eligible sons. Indeed, this event is a family affair. (Click here to attend: http://jjmcmcheritageinauguralball2013.eventbrite.com/)
3. The Young & Powerful Inauguration Black Tie Gala: Dream 1/21/2013
This looks screams “I just landed in my private jet to attend this inaugural ball” and if that isn’t a powerful statement I don’t know what is. However, it is best reserved for women who hit the gym religiously as every inch of your shape will be revealed in this skin tight, navy dress with plunging neckline and ballooned mermaid hem. With a hemline this dramatic, balance the look with bold statement jewelry at the neckline. (Click here to attend: http://youngandpowerful.org/blacktiegala/)
4. The Ambassadors Inaugural Ball 1/21/13
Walk in with this stunning look featuring an ethnic print back inset gown, hair clips and shoes and you are sure to be providedwith an all access passport to the best tables amongst the attending foreign leaders, international recording stars and ambassadors from Botswana, Trinidad & Tobago and the rest of the world. You Glo-bal Girl! (Click here to attend: http://www.ambassadorsinauguralball.com/)
5. The HBCU Inaugural Gala Ball 1/20/2013
If “diamonds are a girls best friend” then this look is your new BFF! This eye catching number will make you stand out as a priceless jewel in a room full of beautiful black HBCU students and Alum. Enjoy the compliments as the camera flash make your dress sparkle even more brightly as light reflects off of this sequined stunner. (Click here to attend: http://www.hbcugala.com/)
6. The Hip Hop Inaugural Ball 1/20/2013
Now just because this is the Hip Hop Inauguration does not mean you should dress like a gangsta boo. There will be enough rappers there reppin’ the “thug life” so you don’t need to. Instead, go for sweet & sassy that will have you stand out from the video vixen wannabes . Indeed, this classic ballroom silhouetted dress with a semi sheer belled skirt adorned with flowers begging to be plucked does just the trick. Leave the jewelry at homeand let your soft curves and curls be your adornment. Finish the look with sleek black wedges so that you have plenty of support should you decide to do the “Rockaway” or the “single ladies” dance. (Click here to attend: http://www.presidential-inauguration.com/hip-hop-inaugural-ball/)
7. The Blue Lights in the Ballroom Inaugural Ball 1/21/2013
“Matchy matchy” outfits are dangerously passe’ but in this case it is fine as you will be matching the title of the ball with this look! Everyone will be able to spot your patriotism “from sea to shining sea” in this blue sequined dress with sweetheart neckline modeled by Miss Northern USA (former Miss New Jersey), Ariane Datil. This look will surely light up the room as you make your way from your seat to the dance floor. (Click here to attend: http://bwr-bmoa.com/save_the_date/2013gala.html)
8. The African American Church Inaugural Ball or The Muslim American Inaugural Benefit Gala 1/20/13
Get your worship on and don’t be afraid to glow as you give him the glory in this two piece ruffle peplum ensemble! If you are wearing this to the African American Church Inaugural ball feel free to accompany it with your most glorious black Sunday hat or gloves. If you are wearing this to the Muslim American Inaugural Benefit Gala pair this with a black scarf and a long sleeved leotard underneath. Alternatively, you can opt for a long sleeve version of the top, available upon request. Whichever way you choose to wear this look you will be marvelously modest! (Click here to attend: http://www.aacib.com/event-details or http://musliminauguralgala.eventbrite.com)
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