One of the things that I learned from my parents is that I need to dress properly and appropriately. Dressing appropriately is a sign of respect not just to the event’s host but also to other people.
I enjoy dressing up and shopping for clothes. Whenever I shop, I prefer looking around and checking different styles first before choosing the dress to buy. However, since I have an 8am to 7pm office job, I don’t have the luxury of time to do window shopping for as long as I want.
I am glad that we are now living in a world where we have computers, mobile phones and internet! I’m grateful that I can choose the appropriate dress through my phone. Let me take you to a journey on how I usually choose my attire for an event.
KNOW THE PRESCRIBED ATTIRE IN THE EVENT
Always check the prescribed attire which is usually indicated in the invitation. If it is not indicated, I always a-s-k… ASK!. I would rather spend few minutes of my time calling the organizers to ask on the prescribed attire than going to an event not knowing if I will be overdressed or under dressed. If in doubt on the attire that I need to wear based on the prescription, I usually research or read about it. An online article on ‘attire guide’ from brightside,me is helpful.
DECIDE ON THE PEGS THAT YOU WANT
I find it difficult to go shopping without any idea what to buy. Whenever I do the ‘last-minute shopping on a whim’, I would end up picking an overpriced dress or a dress that does not fit me well. Hence, I create a Pinterest board where I put my attire pegs for certain events. I usually update it during my free time (whenever I am on my way to the office, lunch breaks, etc.)
Check out some of my attire pegs board:
Often times, I also consider the shoes, bags, and accessories that I already have so I don’t have to spend more on those items.
Whenever I am ready to shop in the mall or online, I would just take a look at my Pinterest board for the event then I can easily find the attire that I want!
I want to get the most out of my hard-earned money (who doesn’t want that?)
Since ‘cocktail attire’ is required on most of the events that I attend these days, it is very important for me to compare prices. Aside from wanting good-looking dresses, I also want to wear good quality attire.
I’m happy that there are now Philippine-based online stores unlike before when I have to order abroad and wait for at least a month before it will be deliver. Now, I could easily browse through their sites, check on the attire that I want and compare prices. I could even check on the selection of dresses according to my budget, I’m glad to know that ZALORA has a selection of party-ready cocktail dresses that I totally love! Now, whenever I could not spare a time to shop in the mall, I could shop for an attire online.
Whenever I am already happy with the style of the dress, I usually take few moments before swiping my card. Why? There might be discounts or vouchers that I could use. Hahaha! Whenever I shop in the mall, I usually use my Loyalty card. Whenever I shop online, I try to use discount coupons or my loyalty points. I also make sure that there is a return policy if ever the size is not right or if the item that was delivered to me was not the same as what was described in the website.
Of course, I don’t forget to enjoy the process of selecting the right attire and dressing up!
How about you? How do you prepare for special occasions/events?
How do you select your attire?