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What you need to know before choosing an outfit

In my previous post I share details of my experience at Salon 58 Awaken Grace. Today’s post is a continuation but here I’m sharing what I wore and what I often think of before choosing an outfit for an occasion.

Deciding on what to wear can be very challenging for men and women. ‘What to wear?’ is a question we commonly ask ourselves and others when choosing an outfit for work, gym or even just to go to the shops. Since what I wear plays a role in how confident I feel about myself, I tend to make the most effort when I’m going somewhere new, meeting someone new, going to a fabulous event like weddings, birthdays or gatherings like Jackie Burger’s soiree, Awaken Grace. They say you only get one chance to make a first impression and your appearance says more about you than you think.

Deciding on what to wear to this event was not easy for me but I think I managed to pull off stylish, elegant and classic which is exactly the look I was going for. I received quite a few compliments from some of the ladies present which further reinforced the fact that I made a good choice in wearing what I did.

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I have a process for deciding on what to wear to an event and I generally start with the basics. Below are four list of things I think about before choosing an outfit for an event. I am sharing them with you in the hopes that you too can practice it so you can look great and appropriate for any occasion.

  1. What do you know of the event? Knowing what sort of event you’re going to is really THE most important thing when it comes to dressing for an occasion. When you know the sort of event it is then you’re likely to know the sort of people that will attend the event which will help you in deciding whether you go casual, sexy, elegant, modest, the list goes on. This is also very important for your feet, you wouldn’t want to wear heels if you’re going to be walking and standing on your feet for more than 6 hours of the day.
  1. Weather. Always make sure you are prepared for the weather before stepping out of the house. If you don’t want the inconvenience of carrying a jacket or coat around then be sure to carry a scarf or pashmina for those bipolar weather days. They are lightweight and can easily be shoved in your bag when you don’t need it.
  1. Mood. I have said many times that I am a ‘moody’ dresser. In my sombre moods I wear black. Not to say I only wear black when I’m in a sombre mood, I also wear black when I am trying to achieve the ‘cool’ and self-assured look. Mood is what helps you determine if you want to look feminine and wear a dress or prefer to wear pants or jeans. Clothing helps you play a character and your mood determines which character you want to play.
  1. How long is the event and what kind of event is it? We all have that super tight dress that you can barely breathe in but wear because it accentuates your curves and makes you look sexy. Well, never wear that dress if you’re going to an all-day event or one that requires more than a one course meal otherwise, you’ll end up looking like you’re pregnant and feeling very uncomfortable. Instead, opt for a loose fitting blouse or dress – something that takes the focus away from your body.

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I hope these pointers have been useful. If there are other things I haven’t listed that you think about before choosing an outfit for an event, be sure to share it in the comment section below. Xo.

I’m wearing a dress from Hobbs that my dad bought for me.

Neckpiece – Lovisa

Sunglasses: Mango

Trench Coat – Jet

Heels – By Utopia from Zando.co.za

Shoulder bag – Accessorize

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