Spring is in the air, there’s still a chance of a sudden Spring snow storm but you’ve already started your Spring to-do list. Its this transitional season that has the fashion minded befuddled. You know that all of the Summer weddings & parties are coming but what should I do now. Maybe you always find yourself questioning how I can better prepare myself for these events in advance. Milliners see this all the time with those last-minute hat custom orders. We have devised a short list of three "must do's", that you should always execute during the off season of the derbies/weddings/parties. Now, you may feel as though these seem pretty basic and obvious, but we can all admit that we've experienced an event where our appearance was indicative of our procrastination. That said, do you and everyone else a favor by reading these three tips to get ready for the big day!
TIP #1 - FIND A MUSE!
It’s simple to merely copy a stunning look that you've seen online or even resurrect one of your personal ensembles that you've already worn in years past. I implore each of you to ditch the aforementioned cases and strive to be totally organic in your decision making for your party look! I find that the easiest way to do so is by collecting a variety of things that inspire me both Spring event related and non-related. I collect all of it together and put into a mood board. You can do this the old-fashioned way with a literal cork board and images found from the internet or magazines. I recommend including tangible materials as well such, fabric swatches, flowers, jewelry, or anything else that inspires you. Now, if you are feeling like the average millennial and want to create a digital rendition of your mood board, by all means do so. There are a variety of applications that you can download to assist you. I recommend PicCollage.
TIP #2 - GOING ON THE QUEST FOR THE PERFECT DRESS
The best advice I can give you for this is slow and steady. Do not overwhelm yourself with copious options all in one day. Instead, make it an experience. Go to the mall/boutiques more than once. Again, focus on getting inspired and cultivating the perfect look. Prudent words of wisdom for finding the perfect dress are, to let it find you. Do not force it, considering the fact that you took the time to create a mood board, you are already subconsciously aware of what you truly want to wear. Also, when you find the dress, or should I say, when it finds you: do not begrudge yourself of it regardless of whatever justification you concoct. Buy the piece and be proud of your decision!
TIP #3 - NOW IS THE TIME TO COMMISSION YOUR HAT
Make an appointment with your milliner. If feasible, do not simply show them your dress. Include them in your creative process, share with them your mood board and vision. This will allow for executing a look that is cohesive and in alignment with what you truly desire. Do not be afraid to pick the milliner’s brain for ideas and inquiry as to what they think would be best. Collaborate to make the perfect piece of head-wear!