From jeans to Chic: How to Dress Up

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If you aren’t used to dressing up, it can be an extremely difficult ask. The party invitation arrives in your mailbox on a Tuesday afternoon. You open it, find out that you have to go to your aunt’s 50th birthday party in six weeks, and a sick nauseated feeling fills your stomach at the concept of having to put on something that isn’t jeans and your favourite striped Breton top. Don’t worry: we are here to help you with all your dressing up worries. Here’s how to do it in style.

Ascertain How Formal The Party Will Be

First of all, figure out exactly how formal this party will be. After all, there’s a chance that you’ll strike it lucky and you’ll be able to wear your ‘smart’ jeans instead of the slightly faded ones that you keep for everyday use. Google the party venue and check out just how fancy it is, along with their online photo gallery of all the functions that they have there. You might be able to wear something more casual that you already own, with a pair of heels and a statement necklace to smarten it up a little.

Take Care Of Yourself

If you aren’t used to dressing up, it can be an extremely difficult ask. The party invitation arrives in your mailbox on a Tuesday afternoon. You open it, find out that you have to go to your aunt’s 50th birthday party in six weeks, and a sick nauseated feeling fills your stomach at the concept of having to put on something that isn’t jeans and your favourite striped Breton top. Don’t worry: we are here to help you with all your dressing up worries. Here’s how to do it in style.

Ascertain How Formal The Party Will Be

First of all, figure out exactly how formal this party will be. After all, there’s a chance that you’ll strike it lucky and you’ll be able to wear your ‘smart’ jeans instead of the slightly faded ones that you keep for everyday use. Google the party venue and check out just how fancy it is, along with their online photo gallery of all the functions that they have there. You might be able to wear something more casual that you already own, with a pair of heels and a statement necklace to smarten it up a little.

Take Care Of Yourself

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If you tend to feel a little self conscious at big parties, then there’s always time to make yourself feel good beforehand. Get your hair cut, and go for a blowout the day before the party. You could also go to a beauty counter at your local department store and ask for some makeup recommendations. BB cream is easy to use and helps to even out your complexion – and if you want your makeup to stay in place all day then you’ll need a primer and a setting spray. You could even go to a salon a few days before the party to get some waxing done along with a pedicure and manicure.

Remember To Go Classic

If you’re looking for new formal dresses, the answer is almost always to go classic with your style so you can wear it again in the future – take inspiration from the catwalks but make sure it’s a classic design. Choose a colour that suits your skin tone and natural fabrics that will help your skin breathe – particularly if it’s a summer party! You could also go for separates instead of one dress – that means that you can switch them up in future to create different outfits.

Wear What Makes You Feel Comfortable

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Most importantly, you need to feel comfortable, or there’s no way that you’ll be able to relax. Make sure that you can walk in your shoes without too much discomfort, and throw a trusty pair of flats or sandals in your car so you can change into them if the party involves dancing. If you have an ample bust, don’t go for a strapless bra – they’re uncomfortable and you’ll be worrying about it falling down for the whole day. Go for clothes that emphasise the parts of your body that you love – show off your legs but let an empire waisted dress skim over your stomach. The easiest way to look good is to feel good.

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