The 13th Annual Short North Gala is Sunday, April 28! Wondering how you should dress for this deliciously unforgettable evening? If you’re still looking for an outfit or just aren’t sure what to wear to this amazing event, the Short North Arts District has you covered. From clothing and accessories to hair styling, everything you need for the Gala is right here in the District!

“Short North Chic” – AKA cocktail attire – is the simple explanation of what to wear to the Gala. The Short North Arts District is all about creativity, which means you can make Short North Chic mean anything you want by adding your own personal flair.


Stephanie Tersigni, owner of Jolie Occasions, picked out these three unique and colorful dresses, all of them perfect for the Gala if you’re going for a bright spring outfit. The dresses can be paired with heels and a clutch to make the look feel elegant but fun.

Tersigni said these options are great for the Gala because each dress has a hidden zipper closure up the back to make it easy and fast to throw on for a fun night out!




Ashley Alt, manager at rowe, suggests this purple gown, perfect for the night because it is graceful yet unique. It is also a simple monotone dress, which allows you to accessorize the look and make it match your own personal style.



Once you find the perfect dress for the night, head to Red Giraffe Designs where they can help you pair it with jewelry to complete your Gala look. The shop has many options when it comes to special occasion jewelry, so you’re guaranteed to find something that fits your style.

Beth Graham, the assistant manager at Red Giraffe, says what she loves about their designs is that they’re “incredibly unique but still minimal enough to go with any outfit!” They also have a selection of statement earrings and necklaces to mix and match with their minimal pieces to create the perfect look for the evening.



Need some new dress pants or a jacket, guys? Bespoke clothier Pursuit has your back with modern suits and old-fashioned service, plus customizations, meaning they can help tailor your look in-store.





For a classic and polished head-to-toe look, head over to Samson Men’s Emporium to find fun prints and luxe materials. Don’t forget the fun add-ons like tie bars and cufflinks while you’re there.





To totally revamp your look before the Gala, phia salon is the salon for you. Offering cuts, colors, makeup and more, the professionals at phia will help you achieve the perfect look for this incredible night out.




For easy, breezy hair prep, just sit back, relax, and let the experts at The Blowout Bar take care of you. This salon leaves the hair cuts and coloring to traditional salons and focuses on blowouts that will leave you with shine, bounce and a style that lasts for days.




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