Month: March 2016

4 Useful Tips to Buy the Perfect Special Occasion Dress

Perfect Special Occasion DressWith such a plethora of special occasions to attend throughout the year, such as homecoming, prom and weddings, it is necessary for many of us to invest in a new outfit. But, in order to shop for the right outfit it helps to research the market and fully understand what is available. Here are four tips to help in the process of buying the perfect special outfit for an upcoming event:

Have a basic idea of what you want

Before starting the shopping process and visiting the local clothes stores it helps to have at least a basic idea of the type or style of dress you want. Use magazines or print media sources to get 2 or 3 dress styles that you believe will give the desired classic or sleek look, and also the desired comfort for the entire time you will have to wear it.

Don’t get fixated on one particular dress

Even if you do find the perfect looking dress while search through magazines or online, there is a great chance of not being able to find an exact copy. For this reason it makes more sense to look for particular attributes of a dress that you find appealing. For instance, some of the attributes can relate to shimmering applique, sheer panels or a train. By picking out the preferred attributes of a dress, there is the greater chance of finding an outfit that matches your look and style.

Shop online for endless options

Shopping online gives a perfect opportunity to explore an endless range of special occasion dresses. A day out to the shops can be a lot of hassle, especially if planning to buy a dress during a busy period or when a lot of people may be in tow. By going online it is possible to get instant access to all the major stores and small boutiques. Plus, many of the stores make it possible to return items for free in the event of making a poor choice in relation to color, style or not giving the desired fit.

Go with minimal alterations

Try to find the special dress that needs minimal alterations. If you have a dress with extensive detail, paillettes or sequins, the actual process of having the alterations carried out can be quite expensive. Plus, it may be necessary to find a specialized seamstress who has the ability to work on the most-unique outfits and types of fabrics.

4 Popular Prom Dresses for Every Shape

Ballroom GownsAre you finding it difficult to decide on the perfect outfit for an upcoming special occasion? There are plenty of popular prom dresses that vary in relation to the style, neckline, design and length. To avoid getting overwhelmed when visiting the different stores to shop for a dress, it can benefit to become an informed shopper and learn about the types and styles available. Some of the choices include a one-shoulder, empire, high-low, lace-covered, sheath, A-line and ball gown. Here is an overview of some of the popular dress styles available:

Ballroom Gowns

The ballroom gown is designed with a full skirt that is styled to billow out at waist height until it reaches the ankles. The top half of the outfit is usually a corset type top and the large skirt is styled with embroidery, ruffles, pearls, sequins or lace. The preferred fabrics for this formal dress include velvet, satin, silk and taffeta. Plus, this outfit goes great with dancing shoes and a matching purse or clutch bag.

A-Line

The A-line dress is a very feminine and chic choice that is narrow in the waist area and widens as it goes down to the hemline. The overall style is similar to an A-shape and it complements the entire length of the body. It is a practical choice for virtually all body types, and makes a great choice for those wishing to disguise a problem area in the region of the legs or hips. Many of these dresses come in lightweight taffeta and satin fabrics that include embroidered details or delicate beadwork.

Chiffon

The Chiffon dress is super feminine, floaty and light and a perfect go-to dress for the special occasions. This type of dress is great for any figure with its long flowing design that extends from the hips to the ankles. Chiffon dresses look classy and elegant and come in plenty of style and color choices such as coral, purple and yellow, as well as printed varieties to give a very impressive and unique finish.

One-Shoulder

The one-shoulder dress (also called off-shoulder) has the ability to give a very dramatic and sophisticated look that is prefect for any special event. This dress has a single strap on one side with the other entirely sleeveless. This is typically an elegant and long gown, although the length of the skirt can also be short. Additionally, it can look great when combined with a wrap or jacket.

 

Choosing the Right Bag Look Smart Any Day of the Week

Choosing the Right BagChoose Style
Since there are several styles of day bags available on the market, there is little to ask oneself outside of basic questions like if a strap is necessary, and if a cross body style would work well in that case. If one needs to use their arms for the day, that’d be a great bonus, but if just going from say one’s vehicle into the workplace then a simple, one shoulder strap or handles will work.

Basically think about when the day bag will be used most often and determine straps, no straps or what type of straps from there. This narrows down the style choices easily and quickly.

Consider the Size
Take stock of what will be carried around in the day bag. Whether it’s just keys, phone and wallet or it’ll be holding makeup, sunglasses, perfume or pens and notepad. This will determine the size needed.

Some like carrying around things “just in case,” while others are fine sticking to the essentials. A tote day bag is perfect for keeping a bit more inside, and as a bonus it has a special compartment to keep the important things in for quick finding. Otherwise a smaller, cross body bag will be perfect in most cases. This is great for keeping important items close to the body and safe.

A combination of the two works as well if one is spending the entire day out, or going to work. They can put the cross body in the tote and get it out for wearing during the day and keep the tote safely tucked away under their desk. On an outing, the tote can be kept in one’s vehicle or in a locker supplied by the destination.

The best advice when it comes to the day bag size is if one finds they are trying to cram things into a smaller bag, it’s time to increase size. No one wants to open a bag and not be able to see everything inside with ease. If the bag is large and items are swimming around inside, then a smaller may be better.

Color Choice
Never pass up a black bag, however be in the know as to what is missing from the existing wardrobe. If a black bag is already owned, then one should try a neutral in grey or a camel color. They can also go with a new texture, but still black in order to switch things up.

Keep in mind, buying off season will save a bundle on day bags. Don’t be afraid to add some color to a wardrobe with a flashy bag, it can always be dyed black later if it’s real leather.

The Price
Don’t go broke investing in day bags, be sure to keep spending within means. Save anywhere and everywhere possible, but still get the best bag that can be afforded. A cheap bag won’t last as long and one will end up spending more in the long run on replacements.

Most people get a bag and use it exclusively for a couple years. Then it can be stored away and brought out later as a classic. Some even pass them on to their children! That’s how long a good, brand name bag lasts!