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FORMAL EVENT OUTFIT... ON A BUDGET

As I mentioned in my last post, I just LOVE the art of getting dressed. It makes me so happy. And it's one of the first thoughts that runs through my mind when I learn that I'll be attending a formal event. This year's BRAWL FOR A CAUSE took place on the field of the Mercedes Benz Stadium so, naturally, I thought about my feet first. I knew I'd need block heels and I knew I wanted to wear black, red or metallic (because: boxing event with casino games.) Here's how I pieced my look together.

*All images are linked to websites or Instagram.

1. SET YOUR BUDGET. STICK TO IT.

A few weeks ahead of the event I began scrolling through tons of websites and scanning through department stores in search of a dress under $220.

2. OVER ORDER.

This is something I do very regularly, both for you (clients) and for myself. I over-ordered from a few websites and took risks on styles, shapes and brands. In the end, I looked at the label of a dress that I'd ordered, worn and loved from ASOS for a wedding in Summer 2017:

So, I ordered a dress from that label and ta-da! It worked.
Almost.

3. MAKE AN ON-SALE DRESS PERFECT WITH ALTERATIONS.

The dress was on sale for $79 but I made a $55 alteration to it to give me a little help with keeping the strapless style UP on my body. Obviously, I could have saved had I skipped alterations but comfort leads to confidence in a dress like this, so the alterations were a must for me.

4. GO BOLD WITH ACCESSORIES

Statement jewelry is an easy way to set yourself apart from the crowd. A black dress with lots of skin showing up top demands a bold statement piece. Because I wanted to keep my chest/clavicle area free of accessories, I went super bold with my earrings, also from ASOS... which were a whopping $19 (and about 6 pounds each... yikes!)

I already owned the fantastic Stella & Dot black lace cuff that I wore, which was totally necessary given the bareness of my shoulders and arms.

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 My make up was done by LEAH CONNORS of Laura Mercier at SAKS Fifth Avenue inside of Phipps Plaza.

The "On Point" lipstick that I purchased for the night mixed with what I already owned was THE perfect shade for the earrings.

Head-to-toe:

ASOS dress + alterations
ASOS earrings
Already owned the Chantilly Lace Cuff
lipstick
Steve Madden short block heels
I spent $252 on the entire look... that's $32 over what I'd budgeted just for my dress!

 I even snagged my little brother for a handsome date!

I even snagged my little brother for a handsome date!

 
 

My personal styling approach is simple: know your shape. know your style. be comfortable in your clothes and in your skin. When you dress in a way that brings you joy and shows your personality, you will ALWAYS exude confidence from the heart-space! I often hear from people that they avoid going to functions because they have nothing to wear. You donโ€™t have to break the bank to look good and feel good. Having โ€œnothing to wearโ€ can be remedied!