We all look forward to special events in our lives. We anticipate the celebration, seeing friends, enjoying special food and decor, etc. However, for some, these events bring the added stress of, “What will I wear??” We recently collaborated with our favorite dress brand, Maggy London, to share our tips for shopping for that special outfit and to bring you three dresses and a jumpsuit that would be perfect for so many special occasions. As usual, the fit and style of Maggy London makes us feel fabulous and ready to celebrate!!
our tips for finding that killer outfit!
Tip #1: Shop early–Even though there may be snow on the ground, cold temps and/or rain, it’s a must to shop early for spring/summer dresses. Spring dresses hit the stores in March, so shop early to ensure you can choose from the best selection and find your correct size. Knowing you have a beautiful dress to wear to your event really cuts down on stress leading up to a special occasion!
Tip #2: Shop in season–Colors and fabrics change with the time of year. Make sure you’re looking in the same season of your event, but keep in mind that season collections hit the stores 2-3 months before the actual season begins!
Tip #3: Know what fits your body type–We both have very different shapes–Julie is more pear-shaped, Krista is more straight up & down. We’ve figured out through dressing room trial & error that shapeless shift dresses are not the best for Julie, but the shift shape is Krista’s go-to! We both avoid wrap dresses due to our lack of curves, lol. Knowing which dresses flatter your body type saves time and angst in the dressing room. Find a dress shape that flatters your figure and brings balance to our body type.
Tip #4: Be open to possibilities–Consider colors and styles that might be slightly out of your comfort zone. You never know what might look amazing! If you’re lacking confidence in knowing what will look best, take a friend shopping with you or send mirror selfies to someone you know who will be honest.
Tip #5: Shop for comfort–You want to look amazing at your special event, but you don’t want to be uncomfortable! Buy a dress you can eat in, dance in and hug people in! It’s such a bummer to be pulling and tugging at your dress throughout the night. Make sure you have the right undergarments for your dress to help make the fit perfect. When you feel comfortable, you have the freedom to enjoy the event and focus on others without feeling self-conscious.
Tip #6: Know the dress code–We’re never too intimidated to ask someone, “What are you wearing?” Not only does it usually strike up a fun conversation, but it also provides either some much needed confirmation or it can save you from committing a regrettable outfit faux pas! Don’t let overdressing or underdressing steal your joy! As a rule of thumb, however, we’ve learned that you usually won’t regret wearing something you feel fabulous in, even if you’re afraid it might be a little dressier. Missing out on the opportunity to wear something extra special is the real bummer!
Tip #7: Shop for accessories–You’ve shopped early for your dress, so now you have time to buy some fabulous accessories! Bring your dress to the store, find a stylish sales person, and ask their advice on how to accessorize your look. Make sure you have a cute clutch or small purse that goes with your look. You don’t want to throw on a big, clunky everyday purse with your beautiful dress.
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xoxo Julie & Krista
I never knew that you should shop early while looking for a dress. Recently I’ve been wanting to get a new dress for a special occasion but I’ve been struggling with finding one. I’ll keep this in mind while I search for a dress.
I loved that you mentioned you need to consider finding a dress that flatters your figure. My husband and I are thinking about how to choose my dress for my brother’s wedding, and we are looking for advice about what to do. I will let him know about your recommendations to choose the right dress for the event.