You likely don't have the six-figure budget or 13-person glam squad that your favorite stars do, but that doesn't mean you can't still look stunning. Celeb stylist Phillip Bloch — who wrote The Shopping Diet: Spend Less & Get More — says that it's really all about the dress, anyway. "Have a cocktail dress always at the ready," he advises. "Cocktail has become the new black tie, so you can always get away with a cute little black dress. And that LBD can be green or blue or purple." The best part? You don't have to spend a fortune on it. "With Facebook photo tagging, real women can't always wear the same exact dress twice anymore," he says. "Find clothes that are transformational. You could buy an Old Navy jersey dress for $29 and pair it with a great shoe and jewelry. Then, you can wear it again with a blazer or cashmere cardigan. Don't buy something you will only wear once. Know what you can do with it afterwards."
Leave those frilly panties at home, ladies. For important events, you need to take out the big guns when it comes to undergarments. Wear a proper bra and a trusty pair of Spanx. "You don’t want panty lines," says Zanna Roberts Rassi, the senior fashion editor at Marie Claire. "The camera flashes pick up everything, and inappropriate underwear can ruin an otherwise gorgeous dress."