A gorgeous formal dress is perfect for a variety of events such as black tie attire, bridesmaid, homecoming, and prom. The preferred style of formal wear will depend on the actual event and level of formality. For instance, if it is a more conservative event, it is usually necessary to wear a shawl that covers the shoulders. Otherwise, there should be more flexibility and an option to wear dresses with side cuts, side splits, or similar sexy styles.
Here are 4 steps to help invest the money in the right outfit to match the body shape and occasion:
Decide on a budget
A first priority is to set a budget. Formal dresses can vary in price quite significantly and range from $150-$200 for the more accessible designs to $2000 or more for the most exclusive designs. In addition to the cost of the dress, make sure enough money is left aside to cover the cost of accessories, such as jewelry, makeup, high heels, and matching purse.
Shop off-season to get the most attractive prices, but if shopping early make sure to avoid specific trends of the time, which might be considered outdated by the time the actual event comes round.
Mainstream or designer stores
The cheap formal dresses are readily available at the department stores which can provide a wide range of choices and include copies of the latest trends. The more high-end boutiques and designer stores focus on the specialized dresses and gowns. Designer formal dresses are more appealing for those interested in a unique and exclusive outfit.
Use the bricks-and-mortar and online stores to conduct research to fully appreciate the wide-ranging choices of formal dresses. You can use local stores to try a dress to see if it gives the desired look and fit, and then search online to see if it is possible to buy at a cheaper price.
Select the color
A further step in the process of choosing the outfit is selecting a complementary color that goes well with the skin complexion. A poor choice can leave you looking quite drab and pale. For instance, a dress in tomato red is ideal for those with warm golden or dark hair with peachy/golden complexions, while a blue-toned red is more attractive on a woman with a light-toned skin.
Flatter your body figure
Buying a dress that matches the body shape is essential. Formal dresses are available in a variety of designs and styles with common choices, including strapless, backless, and halter. But it is also necessary to match a dress with the shape of the body (apple, pear, rectangle, full hourglass, inverted triangle, etc.) to get a really flattering finish.
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