The holidays have wrapped but the Inaugural party season is just beginning. The Presidential Inauguration is right around the corner and with the official swearing-in ceremony also comes an evening of glamour and style. Nordstrom has everything you need to prepare for a night that will be talked about for (at least four) years to come, whether you’re headed to the White House or a local gala.

Of course, there’s no need to wait to start your shopping. Seattle based Nordstrom Fashion Director Gregg Andrews and Top Salesperson Chris Sharma have compiled their best tips for creating an Inaugural Ball look that will have heads turning.

Take inspiration from the red carpet and choose a gown in a radiant shade of ruby, cobalt or emerald like the Lauren Ralph Lauren One Shoulder Matte Jersey Gown. “A bold color in a simple silhouette makes a modern yet elegant statement that is flattering and sophisticated,” says Andrews. “Rich jewel tones can be accessorized with either black or metallic shoes, a shimmering handbag and finished with a chandelier earring and a dramatic cocktail ring.”

“Burnished metallic shades of gunmetal, bronze and pewter are the most chic neutrals for evening elegance. Sleek gowns in shimmering satin, lustrous lace or paved sequins shine in the night and reflect sophistication.” The St. John Collection Sequin Gown paired with simple shoes and understated jewelry is a modern yet glamorous choice.

“For men, it’s all about picking a classic look and adding a modern edge,” says Sharma. The Z Zegna Trim Fit Wool Suit has a sleek shape. A metallic tie like the Calibrate Woven Silk Tie is the perfect finishing touch.

“Pattern can be an unexpected elegance when done right.” The J.P. Tilford Samuelsohn Plaid Dinner Jacket shows contrast with the satin lapels against the plaid. The single button enhances that modern look.

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