Last Updated on 19th October 2013

Summer’s here, which means proms, grad balls and, formal dinners that all call for head turning, show stopping, envy-inducing attire.

We’ve featured several short dresses in our ‘what to wear’ posts this week, but a glamorous occasion like this calls for a floor sweeping, gasp-inducing effort.

That’s not to say you have to do formal wear overkill, in fact you can easily master stand out black tie dinner chic with a handsome dash of spring/summer 2012 and a handful of killer accessories.

Tropcial prints are all the rage right now, and this floor-length Ostwald Helgason dress hits the style spot! Complement the riot of colour with gold hardware and skyscraper heels, et voilà, you’re ready to make your entrance, A-list style.

Ostwald Helgason printed maxi dress, £450 £215, available at Browns

Fiona Paxton Sorrel serrated brass bangle, £59.50 available at The Outnet

Pamela Love 10-karat gold-plated spiked cuff, £152.50, available at The Outnet

Generate platform sandal, £95, available at Kurt Geiger

Lanvin Cigarette case box clutch, £1,370, available at Matches

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