Summer is a season synonymous with getting dressed up and celebrating special occasions. From weddings and landmark birthday parties to charity balls and galas, baby showers and days at the races, there are plenty of opportunities to go glam. If you’ve got invitations flying in, or you’re counting down the days until an event, here are some tips to make summer occasion dressing simple.
Check the dress code
The first task to cross off the list when considering outfits for a special occasion is to check the dress code. If you’re going to a party, a wedding or a gala, for example, read the details carefully and make sure you’re aware of the theme or style of the event. Some people may specify a strict dress code such as black tie while others may be more flexible and suggest smart casual or evening wear. Once you know what you are expected to wear, this will help you to narrow down the options.
One of the main reasons shopping for occasions can be stressful is a lack of time. It takes time to go to shopping centres or visit numerous stores and boutiques and try outfits on. Exploring online stores and getting ideas from social media and online magazines and blogs is a brilliant way to save time and effort. You can order everything from party dresses and prom gowns to chic tailored suits, smart co-ords and themed outfits online. The beauty of shopping online is that it gives you access to a wider range of items and you can try them on in the comfort of your home. Before you order, always check delivery times and costs and the returns policy. Make sure you use secure, reputable sites.
Consider the conditions and the venue
When you’re putting ideas together for an outfit for an event, it’s essential to consider the venue and the conditions. Are you going to a luxury hotel, a country estate or a castle for a wedding, are you going to the races, or are you attending a party on a farm or a festival-themed gathering? Check the weather forecast and make sure you’ve got suitable shoes. If it’s going to be muddy, or the ground is uneven, wedges, block heels and flats are better than stilettos and court shoes. Take an umbrella if showers are forecast and stay warm with a wrap, shawl or jacket if you’re going to an evening event or an al fresco celebration.
Go with your gut
Many of us are influenced by trends and what other people wear. There’s nothing wrong with getting ideas from catwalk shows or social media feeds, but it’s important to feel confident in what you wear. Try different looks, push the boundaries and celebrate your taste and style and don’t feel that you have to wear what everyone else is wearing. Go with your gut. Choose pieces you love that make you feel amazing.
Shopping for outfits for occasions in the summer can be fun, but it can also be stressful. If you don’t know where to start, or you’re not sure how to embrace a theme or dress code, explore online, check the invitation and consider the venue and the weather forecast. Try a range of options and choose outfits and items that make you feel confident.