Having an excuse to get dressed up and hit the town can help you to feel fun, free, and feisty. Unfortunately, it can also leave you tearing your hair out about what to wear. After all, your outfit is likely to come under a fair amount of scrutiny, and you want to make the night/day/experience special. But, by the time you’re trying on your tenth outfit and still feeling a lack of inspiration, it can be hard to keep that enthusiasm alive.
Even when you do finally settle on the ‘right’ pairing, issues like sore feet, tight-fitting tops, and general discomfort aren’t unusual with an ‘out-out outfit’. These can quickly ruin your time, and could also leave you feeling less than glam.
Luckily, there is a better way to pick party wear that really does leave you feeling the part. To achieve it, you simply need to take steps to avoid the following common formal wear mistakes.
1. Following unrealistic inspiration
Considering that you’ll want to knock any party wear pairing out of the ballpark, you’ll likely pull out all of the stops with outfit inspiration that you’ve gleaned from top resources like fashion catwalks and even most stylish lists. In reality, though, these fashion standards aren’t a realistic place to start, and will inevitably lead to discomfort throughout your big event. After all, even catwalk models only wear their outfit pairings for a brief time, while individuals appearing in most stylish lists likely don’t wear their standout outfits outside of photoshoots, etc. By basing your fashions on these focuses, you’re therefore setting yourself up for uncomfortable outfits that are ultimately unwearable for any length of time.
By instead taking inspiration from real life, or from simply considering what looks good on you, you’re far more likely to settle on the perfect, wearable outfit with much-needed party pizzazz.
2. Choosing the wrong size
You want to look your best on a big day or night out, so you may make the mistake of buying clothes in the wrong size. After all, it’s only one event, and that smaller size may look a lot better on the hanger. Unfortunately, as well as likely hugging you in all the wrong places, clothing that’s too small will inevitably be uncomfortable if you’re wearing it for longer than just a quick try-on in the changing rooms. Especially if you intend to sit down at all while you’re out!
Instead, it’s important to always stay true to your sizing, no matter how appealing those smaller options look in the shop. It may even pay to steer away from small-sized temptation altogether by instead shopping with a brand like Estelle, which offers affordable trendy plus size clothing, including a partywear collection that could see you forgetting why you were tempted by smaller sizes in the first place. As well as ensuring that outfits fit right, these true-to-size alternatives are far more likely to keep you comfortable, and feeling great all party long.
3. Barely wearing the outfit
Considering that party clothing is often kept for ‘best’, it’s not unusual for us not to wear those strappy sandals until the event arrives, and to keep our party outfits themselves in the back of the wardrobe until we get an invite. This can result in rubbed heels from unworn shoes, and discomfort from stiff outfit fabrics.
After all, it’s only through wearing out outfits that we can shape them to our bodies, either by breaking shoes in, or softening clothing. That’s not to say, of course, that you should be wearing your best outfits every day, which would inevitably leave them looking a bit tatty. But, whether you wear your party shoes around the house for a few hours in the days leading up to an event, or simply get into the habit of pulling out your party clothes for things like date night at home, you can bet this will be far more likely to leave you with a comfortable worn-in party outfit that never lets you down.
Planning your outfit for a big party can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a stressful experience that results in a less-than-comfortable outfit plan. By avoiding these fatal mistakes, you can more easily ensure that you look and feel your best all party long. Not to mention that, when you know what ‘not’ to do, you should find it far easier to settle on the right outfit without fuss!