Technically Spring is here…. or if you live in the Northeast – it’s going to be here…someday…. hopefully. Question: What are you going to do when the invites start rolling in for all those Spring events….weddings, confirmations, communions, bar mitzvahs, graduations, etc, etc???
Do you think “crap, what am I going to wear?” Or do you have a small but fabulous collection of dresses you can rely on? Having a dress on hand when the invite arrives, is, as my mom would say, “like money in the bank”.
A basic rule to remember when it comes to dresses is that it’s
impossible very hard to find the perfect dress when you’re looking for it, especially under a time crunch. A better approach is first to weed out the dresses taking up space in your closet that you would never reach for, and give them a new home.
Next, always keep an eye out for dresses you love, and when you see something, and it fits the following criteria, GRAB it.
B.Styled’s Criteria for Dress Buying (even if you don’t have an event — yet):
Impact: It jumps out at you at the store or on the website. Just like a piece of art, you’ll know it when you see it, and when you have that visceral reaction, get the credit card out. Trust me, you’ll thank me.
Fit and Flattery: The dress fits and flatters your figure today. And by today, I mean, now. Not your figure from last year, or the one you plan to have next year. Focus on the current, fabulous YOU and highlighting all your best assets.
Timelessness: Steer clear of trends that won’t make sense a month, let alone a year from now. Classic shapes, colors and patterns are the way to go. Know which shapes best suit your figure (I know a personal stylist who can help with that;) Styles like sheaths, shifts and fit & flares are never going out of style. (Just google Jackie O or Audrey Hepburn.) Trendy looks such as one shoulder, cold shoulder or cut outs are fun and have their place, but these are not your “go-to’s”
.CLICK HERE for a shopping catalog of some of my favorite dresses in four common occasion categories. Note that many of the dresses will work for many types of events – the hallmark of great dress.
Party: When you’re going out and want to take it up a notch.
Graduation: I for one, have high School graduations this June and next, and these dresses work for that kind of daytime event.
Weddings: ‘Tis the season!
Easter, Communions, Baptisms.: And any other more “lady-like” type of occasions.
Casual: Everyday dresses that are comfortable and versatile and can be worn for many casual events.
I’ve also included some shoe suggestions. You’ll see a lot of neutral shoes here. Why? Because they will work with most dresses…So when you find a pair that you love and that your FEET like.. do not hesitate. Buy them.
Of course, I’m here to help if you need specific suggestions or help – just send me a note, or go fill out a new client profile. This allows you to start building your own virtual closet like this example. I have priced my services in a way to make personal styling, whether virtually or in person, accessible and non-intimidating. My clients find that they actually end up spending less, yet have more to wear, after working with me. Click here for info on my services, and to learn about my Spring Style System.
Now, go #justgetdressed and have a great weekend!