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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 don’t have to break the bank to look good and feel good. Having “nothing to wear” can be remedied!