As 2016 draws to a close, we are reflecting on Dallas' most exclusive social events and the outfits that are forever embedded in our minds — from traditional to anything but. These best-dressed Dallasites stole the show before it started and had us talking long after it was over.
Cindy Rachofsky at Two x Two
The only person who could manage to make a turtleneck look black tie-chic is this humble hostess, who opens her awesome abode each year to raise crucial funds for amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art. Event chair Nancy C. Rogers didn't look too shabby either, in her all white gown.
Brian Bolke at Forty Five Ten Grand Opening Gala
The king of Dallas style usually finds himself on our annual list, and this year is no exception. But, this year is extra special, because he shines in this colorful, custom jacket at his very own grand opening party for his new Forty Five Ten on Main.
Carrie Levering at Crystal Charity Ball
This emerald green gown by Michael Faircloth commanded attention without being overly showy. It's classic ball gown style was complemented by her husband's (Craig Levering) handsome Brioni tuxedo.
Nardos Imam at Crystal Charity Ball
When a designer shows up to a party, she is held to higher standards. Nardos Imam accepted the challenge and totally nailed her own look in this red layered number that she made especially for the big night.
Delayna Minter at Crystal Charity Ball
Speaking of Nardos Imam, her designs were also spotted on a handful of women making their way around the Chantilly Ballroom on Crystal Charity Ball night. We adored this fit-and-flare that hugged Delayna Minter in all the right places.
Elizabeth Kimple at the Dallas Opera Gala
All black doesn't have to be boring as proven by Elizabeth Kimple and her handsome hubby, Scott, at this glamorous gala that celebrates the Dallas Opera.
Julie Hawes at Two x Two
Every member of pantsuit nation bowed down to Julie Hawes in this exceptional outfit that commanded all eyes for as long as she was in range.
Nasiba Adilova at Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala
Always game to surprise us with an avant-garde gown, this beautiful blogger kicked it up a notch by opting for a long, patterned coat that was somehow casual, chic, and completely cool.
Jamie O'Banion at the Art Ball
Dallas' dream couple stepped out at this year's Art Ball looking as bronzed and beautiful as ever. This turquoise dress was equal parts mermaid and masquerade, and the playful, sexy side slit showed just the right amount of leg.
Elaine Agather at the Sweetheart Ball
It takes a very posh woman to pull off this pale pink hue. Leave it to the ultimate business-babe Elaine Agather to rock it with her perfectly coifed blonde bob.
Lisa Cooley at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala
The intricate detailing of Lisa Cooley's crisp, champagne-colored gown landed her on this list. And the unexpected pop of purple at the waist was a refreshing surprise that made our inner fashion critic squeal with delight.
Chandra Johnson at MTV RE:DEFINE
People flock to this annual event in the Dallas Design District for the art, yes, but also for the people decked out in crazy clothes. We loved that Chandra Johnson played up the interesting aspect of her dress but still managed to keep it classy.
Jessica Nowitzski at Children First: An Evening with UNICEF
It's only fitting that the evening's co-chair (along with Joyce Goss) wore a custom piece with children's drawings on it, showcasing the importance of a cause that is close to everyone's heart on this special night.
Yvonne Crum at Mad Hatter's Tea
This luncheon has recently attracted Real Housewives of Dallas press, however, we didn't let that distract us from recognizing the true belles of this annual event that celebrates the botanical beauty of the Dallas Arboretum. Case and point: Yvonne Crum in a beautiful red, black, and white getup.
Anne Stodghill at Chick Lit
Can we all agree that sometimes its hard to look exceptionally chic at a noon lunch affair? Anne Stodghill managed to pull it off with this effortlessly elegant floor-length drape coat over a simple white and pink day dress.
Erin Mathews at Crystal Charity Best Dressed Luncheon
This real estate mogul never disappoints at this particular luncheon, and her all-white fringe frock left us with major closet envy. Our bets are that even Carolina Herrera herself gave a nod of approval at this lunch and fashion collaborative event.