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Sequins, strapless, maxi or mini. When it comes to evening gowns the choices are endless! So how do you pick one that makes you look fabulous, that you love, and that won’t break the bank? Read on for a few tips and tricks to selecting the best evening gown to make you look – and feel – like a fairytale princess or a sophisticated socialite – whichever you prefer!
Find a Fit for Your Shape
Do you know your body shape? Do you have a voluptuous hourglass figure or do you have a more rectangular frame? Are you apple or pear-shaped? Petite or tall? Knowing the category that your body shape falls into will help you choose a dress style that flatters your particular type and brings out your best features. For example, those with an hourglass figure will do well to wear a gown cinched at the waist to show off your curves.
Figure Out Your Budget
There’s no sense in setting yourself up for buyer’s remorse with that Dior dress that cost a fortune for one single night. Instead, settle on the amount of money you have for your purchase before you start shopping. Knowing your budget will enable you to narrow your choices and pick an evening gown from that predetermined selection. That being said, it also helps to shop well in advance in order to nab a great deal. For example, if you’re hunting for a dress for a big new year’s bash, there’s no harm in cruising for bargains in the warmer months – especially if you are drawn to timeless looks.
Choose the Classics
Opting for a classic, timeless style will enable you to wear your dress again and again. By avoiding trends that are sure to eventually go out of style you’ll be able to add this expensive evening gown to your collection and get a lifetime of enjoyment from it. And classic looks don’t have to be too conservative. Styles like slip dresses and halter dresses have been around since the roaring ‘20s and the groovy 70s and will always be considered fashionable.
Find Your Size
We all know that women’s clothing sizes are all over the place and vary widely depending on the designer and even the cut. That’s why it’s so important to try your dress on first and make sure that the fit works for you. If you love it, consider having alterations done as well in order to tuck and cinch or let out some stitches so that it aligns as closely as possible to your exact measurements. This way, you have a dress that is essentially made for you at not a whole lot more than buying a dress not made for you off the rack.
Find the Right Colors
Knowing that purple washes out your skin tone or that green makes you seem sallow is a huge advantage. This way, you can choose the shades that make your complexion glow and your green, blue, brown or hazel eyes really pop. Bring along a friend to help you determine what colors make you stand out in a crowd and which don’t work on you at all.
By following these suggestions, you can find a dress that will live in your closet for a long time, won’t break the bank and that you’ll love to wear to fancy events over and over again.