If you have a special occasion to attend like a garden party, a corporate event or a wedding, you want to look your best. Of course, that means going out and buying a nice outfit. It is a great chance to spend a little extra money, and buy something special. You are looking for the type of outfit you would never get the chance to wear otherwise.
Dressing for special occasions in the Spring / Summer season is far easier than it is to find an outfit for an event in the winter or autumn. Generally speaking, in the summer, you have more options. For example, you can choose to wear a strappy sandal or a pair of closed in shoes. Both options work equally as well. Of course, in the winter, it would be too cold to wear open footwear, but there are always plenty of nice court shoes available.
A touch of luxury
When buying for a special occasion it is always a good idea to try to buy something that is made from rich fabrics. Most of us do not wear silk, satin or lace in our everyday lives, which keeps them special. Rich fabrics like these look fantastic, feel good against the skin, and because they are heavier, garments made from them tend to hang well.
Tap into the theme
If the event you are attending has a theme, bear it in mind when you are buying your outfit. This will help to inspire you and ensure that you buy something that blends in and works well for the special occasion you are attending.
Follow the dress code
For some events there is a dress code, which you should always read before you go shopping. It is usually wise to follow the rules. Sometimes, not doing so could lead to your being denied entry.
Get the tone of your outfit right
If the event is a traditional one, for example an awards ceremony or something like one of The Queen’s garden parties you need to get the tone of your outfit right too. The best way to do this is to look at photos of the last few years’ events, and take your cue from those.
Get the fit right
For a special occasion, you should always shop well in advance. This gives you the time to try everything on together and address any issues. If something needs altering it can easily take a couple of weeks for your seamstress to do the work and get the item back to you.
Perhaps the most important aspect of shopping for an occasion outfit is getting the accessories right. Little touches like having items like fascinators dyed to match the rest of your accessories can make all the difference to your overall look.
Most women get their hair done on the day, but rarely consider getting their makeup done professionally as well. If you can afford it, and time allows, this is well worth doing, so you can achieve a flawless look. Sometimes employing a makeup artist works out cheaper than buying a set of new makeup products for the special event.