“I’ve been working on a fundraiser for the last 6 months and now it’s almost here…but now what am I going to wear? I just don’t have time to think about it!”
Among the many questions we receive from our Fabulous After 40 readers is how to step up your look and present a polished appearance at a special event. We understand that it can certainly be stressful. Just the thought of having to go out and shop for that perfect dress can be down right daunting! Fortunately, there are ways to make your shopping trip more bearable. Just follow these tips to have a plan in place before you leave for the stores:
Keep it Classic: Don’t get caught up in trying to find something that is overdone. Remember, classic is always classy. Look for a dress or jacket that has simple lines and that is the highest quality you can afford.
Stiff Fabric Looks Richer: The fabric of a dress can send a message that you have quality taste. A dress made of crisp cotton like this one or that is lined will make you feel so special!
Look for a good fit: The dress above is a great example of a flattering style that would look good on most body types. (Note: if you are a pear shape, you would want to find a style that will show off your waist, for example one that nips in at your waist.) See how it’s not boxy and has a nice shape to it? That is what you want to look for!
Simple Bold Print: A fun print with no more than 2 colors can be dramatic and say “Wow” when you enter a room. If you have never been one to wear a print, it might be worth it to try on a few and see how you feel in one. Why not get out of your comfort zone and give it a go?
Keep Your Accessories Simple: Once again, if you are going to go for a print you will want to keep all accessories simple. The attention should be on the dress and you don’t want to over accessorize and confuse the eye. One more tip is that your shoes and handbag do not have to match. In this outfit, the bright yellow shoe is so festive and the black handbag does not compete for attention. You would not want to have a matching yellow handbag, it would just be too much!
Don’t try to be too sexy: A fundraiser is not the time to try to show off your sexy side. This dress’s high neckline does give off a vibe of being prim and proper but the wild print and fitted style still shows off your legs and figure. You could find a dress with a nice “v” neck that would work just fine but make sure that the fabric is not too flimsy.
The Proper Shoe Can Make or Break Your Outfit: The biggest mistake in creating the perfect look can be choosing the wrong shoe. This simple closed toe pump echoes the Jackie O style of the dress and the little platform keeps it modern. An open toed or strapy sandal would just be too busy. If you are doing a black and white theme, a pop of color can really jazz up an outfit! Just remember the style and vibe of the dress needs to blend with the style and vibe of the shoe.
The best advice we can give you is not to leave this task to the last minute. If you do, you’ll feel too pressured and most likely end up spending money on something that you might not wear that often. Plan ahead and use these tips and let us know how it goes!
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