Intimidated at the thought of Buying a Formal Elegant Dress for a Party
Lucky you, you have an invitation to the nicest Christmas party in town this season. There’s just one little problem they expect all attendees to wear a formal elegant dress, and well, you just haven’t ever bothered buying those kinds of clothes (your evil step-sisters make you work in the kitchen all the time). If you don’t believe that you can wear your ripped jeans to the party and make them believe that it’s actually considered quite formal in an obscure European kingdom somewhere, you have a job on your hands you need to go shopping for a formal elegant dress.
It you feel don’t quite feel up to the challenge, you do have to understand that practically no one does. It’s the rare woman whose goes out shopping for a formal dress who comes back with something that goes really well on her and lets her look her best. These tips should help you learn how to do your best. You need to go in there knowing that you aren’t the only one who feels inexperienced and rather overmatched.
The first thing you need to do before you rush into a store is to be sure that you’re aware of the exact kind of occasion it is that you’re going to. If it’s a dinner party at some high falutin’ upscale place, you want a dress that’s reasonably conventional. In other words, you want something that covers you up as much is possible. If the gathering in question is upscale but somewhat informal, you could get away with showing a bit of skin. If you want to buy one dress for both kinds of occasion, a cocktail party dress should work.
Once you have the cut and style of dress down, before you think about the fabric color you do need to know that people do notice the fabric your dress is made of. Buy quality materials, and you’ll find that people who know fashion do notice that it hangs far better. Certain fabrics help you conceal problem areas far better than others, too. If you have a bit of weight somewhere that you’re anxious to hide, stay away from knit fabrics, for instance.
When it comes to finding the right color, you basically have a great deal of latitude. Whatever you think looks good on you or whatever one of your friends seems to think about it, you could give that a try.
And finally, try to stay away from fashion trends that you don’t really understand. Remember, a formal, elegant dress can be quite expensive. You don’t want to follow what someone tells you is all the rage at the moment if that will mean that your dress will be out of it in a few days.