Soon you will be spending your last days at your university or college. Besides final tests and thoughts about your future perspectives, it means a memorable party! Are you excited about the day when everyone can forget about assignments and devote attention to choosing dresses for the graduation ceremony? All the seniors impatiently wait for this major event. Staying in trend might be difficult in everyday life, but when it comes to graduation, it’s even harder. So, what shall you wear to look fabulous? Continue reading
Many times while traveling, things do not go as planned and my trip is extended (cancelled flights, opportunity to stay longer, whatever). My first reaction was to add a couple new items to my wardrobe (yay, excuse to go shopping), then I learned the secret to extend my original wardrobe for another week (or more). I discovered how to pack the ultimate capsule wardrobe for the most mix and match options with a limited amount of luggage. A little preparation while packing can give you loads of outfit combinations during your travels!
I spent many years traveling for work, and many more years traveling for fun. Here are a few of my top packing tips to build the ultimate travel capsule wardrobe.
- Know your budget.
- Determine your absolute maximum (including tax) amount for your dress. Nothing will ever compare to the gorgeous twice-your-budget dress that you know you cannot afford – so do not try it on. It will only make finding YOUR dress that much harder.
- I really like the dress budget as a percentage of the overall wedding budget. 10% of your budget for attire is a common starting point, but this is entirely up to you. This keeps the dress purchase proportionate to the entire wedding. Evaluate the entire budget and allocation to each item, this will add perspective to your spending and identify the real priorities.
- Most bridal salons take reservations. When you book your reservation, tell them your wedding date (if already set), state your price range of dresses, and confirm that they can work within your budget. Typically they will pre-select dresses for you based on size and price before you ever see the inside of a fitting room.
- Bring a trusted friend or family member to take photos (if allowed), keep you within budget, and provide an honest opinion.
- Remember to cancel any reservations that you are not going to attend.
- Bring a few different style bras with you to try on dresses (at least 2). There are different levels of padding, coverage, and adjustable straps or strapless. Leave your sports bra at home. You might need to buy a new low back bra or full-length shapewear, starting with a good bra for fitting will make a huge difference in appearance.
- Bring at least one pair of dress shoes with you that coordinate with the location; you will wear different shoes for a fancy church wedding, outdoor garden venue, versus beach wedding. Most likely you will buy wedding shoes after you pick the dress, these fitting shoes are to better visualize the complete outfit.
- Wear good panties. When I owned a Bridal store, I was horrified at the number of women that did not wear panties to try on wedding (and even Prom) dresses. Almost as bad, do not wear panties that will bunch up or wild prints that will distract you.
I closed the doors on my retail dress store in July 2011. Now that several years have passed, I can finally look back and appreciate the valuable lessons that I learned. I am now able to focus on the fond memories and laugh at the absurd. I am ready to share the tales of 2Morrows Dress Boutique… Part 4 – the employees
Unless the store is small enough for an owner/operator with limited hours, employees are part of the equation. My entire staff was selected for great attitude and enthusiasm. Too bad a few of them lacked common sense. I caught one employee clipping her nails behind the register. I understand slipping into the back room to deal with a broken nail, but she was giving herself a full manicure in front of customers! Another enterprising employee started selling MLM (Avon, Mary Kay, Tupperware) products to guests in my store during her paid shift, well during her last paid shift. I had to remind a few employees, when working alone, to stay in the store rather than wander around the mall or hide out in the back room. No matter how well I think I covered certain scenarios, too often an employee was able to find something else that I needed to add to the employee handbook. Continue reading
One of the most confusing parts of shopping is trying to figure out what size to try on and ultimately what to add to your wardrobe. Start with your basic measurements (how to measure yourself) and determine if you are Junior, Misses, Petite, Tall, or Plus size. This may seem super easy, but there are a slew of women & girls shopping in the WRONG department. This leads to unflattering clothing that while “technically” fits in the sense that it can be zipped or worn without falling off, it is just not befitting. Most of us know when we outgrown Children’s sizes and move up to Juniors. It is much more difficult to explain the difference between Junior and Misses sizing, and when it is time to change.
Juniors are sized in odd numbers (0, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, etc) and are cut straight, much like a bigger Children’s size with fewer cartoons as embellishment. Much like Children’s clothing the fabric and designs are cheap for a less expensive price tag. Junior’s clothing is designed for girls “growing into” their bodies. Hips will widen are the body matures, so Junior’s clothing is for a more narrow hip and slim silhouette. Basically, when going up a size in Juniors and parts still seems strained at the bust and/or hips, it is time to move up to Misses.
Misses clothing is sized in even number (0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, etc). Even though both Junior and Misses have size zeros, the Junior size 0 will be slightly smaller than a Misses size 0 and have the overall straighter cut. As we get older gravity does us no favors and our bust is lower on our frames. Misses clothes accommodate a lower bust line, not to say a sagging bust, just lower. Misses are cut for more curved shape, at the bust and hips. The in seam for pants is slightly longer than Juniors to accommodate more tush, hips, and just more contour. Continue reading