How to Dress and Prepare for a Formal EventThroughout our lives, we all attend various formal events. While not all of these events are our own events, they all require time to prepare. From choosing the right dress to wear to having our hair done to applying makeup…it all takes time. This is true whether you are a bride-to-be, a formal dinner hostess or the mother of a young lady attending her first prom. Below are a few preparation tips that you may find helpful.
1. Find a Dress. You can’t attend a formal event without a dress to wear and if your daughter is getting married, a flower girl, going to the prom or attending another “major” special occasion then finding the right dress is the first thing that needs to be done. (Now, if your daughter is the flower girl in a wedding, then you may have to wait just a bit until the bride chooses a style…or the dress for you.)
There are a couple of advantages of shopping for a formal dress early. First, the earlier you are able to begin shopping, the better deals you’re going to be able to find. And, the sooner you’re able to find the dress, the quicker you’ll be able decide on the accessories to go with it, as well as, the hairstyle!
2. Make an Appointment with Your Hairstylist. The next thing you need to do is call your hairstylist and make an appointment for the day of the event. Do not put this off until the last minute. If you do, you may have to go to another hairstylist who doesn’t know you, your personality or anything about your hair preferences. This is extremely crucial if you are a bride-to-be, bridesmaid or attending a prom or another similar event.
In addition to scheduling your hair appointment early, make sure that you wear a shirt that buttons to the appointment. Most hairstylists will tell you this in advance, but some forget, thinking that it’s common-sense and everyone knows to do it. When you wear a shirt that buttons, you’ll be able to take it off without messing up your hair.
3. Make-up and Deodorant: When to Apply? Applying your make-up should be done immediately before the dress regardless of whether it is a bridesmaid dress, flower girl dress, prom dress or another special occasion dress. The reason? Foundation, eye shadow, blush and powder are all easily transferred to clothing, especially when you’re putting it on while wearing a dress. If you want to put the dress on before applying make-up, then put your button-up shirt on over the dress while you’re applying your make-up for extra protection.
Deodorant should be the last thing applied. We’ve all put our deodorant on before we got dressed and later discovered an embarrassing white mark on our clothing. Don’t let this happen while you’re attending a formal event. To prevent the incident, but the deodorant on after the dress and use a clear deodorant for the special occasion!