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What to consider when shopping for occasion wear


Shopping for occasion wear can be quite an intimidating task as we are usually not in the habit of shopping for them. It will be right to say that all of us can do with some help. A special occasion be it a cocktail party, a formal dinner, a meeting, a black tie event, prom, the races, a wedding function, etc. deserves a special outfit. In my opinion a special dress works best. I wouldn’t ask you to go all out and create a full wardrobe of occasion wear clothes if you only attend a few of such events in a year but i recommend that you keep a couple of pieces, pieces that fit you perfect and you feel great everytime you put them on. 

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When shopping for occasion wear dresses here are a few points to keep in mind.

  1. Go for more classic styles than trendy styles if you are only going to have a couple of pieces in your closet. Occasion wear is not cheap and you obviously want the dress to serve you for a few years so going classic is sensible.
  2. Stay away from prints. I have seen quite a few fab printed occasion wear dresses but prints don’t work for all occasions so its better to invest in solids.
  3. While colours look stunning i would suggest you stick to neutrals (black, white, nude, grey) , metallics (gold, silver, bronze, rose gold) and pastel shades of pink and blue or your favourite colour. The reason is neutrals, metallics and pastels are more versatile, wearable and work from events be it in the day or night. Having said that there is one other colour i would love to recommend, midnight blue, gorgeous gorgeous, works for any occasion and be it day or night.
  4. Go for detailing like textures and embellishments. Think lace, crochet, pearls, sequins, tulle etc.
  5. While a maxi can be a tad bit formal and a mini tad bit casual the midi is the perfect balance and works well for all ages.
  6. Although i wouldn't recommend splurging on something you only wear a couple of times a year, its worth spending a tad bit more on quality considering the occasions you will be wearing the dress on.
  7. Last but not the least choose the one you feel absolutely WOW in, if you are just going to have one spend your money on what makes you look good and feel good.
I have a few formal events coming up so i was browsing online for occasion wear dresses and absolutely loved the collection on Quiz clothing, gorgeous metallics and beautiful embellished pieces holding on all the points i mentioned above. Also ASOS has a great collection and today i am sharing my favourite occasion wear dresses from my online stroll.




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Thank you for stopping by, see you with my next.

Love

Chichi

40 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing those wonderful tips :)

    www.underaytedray.co.uk

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  2. I like shopping at ASOS. I agree that it's best to buy something that you can wear more than once, not just for special occasions. Something you could potentially wear at work for example.

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  3. Some fab tips and I always end up in Debenhams or on ASOS when I need something to wear for an occasion x

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  4. Awesome tips and dress selection!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Andrea.

    Seize your Style

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  5. Thanks for the tips. Your are right, classic styles are always the winner. :)

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  6. Somecreally gorgoes suggestions. I need some new dresses so will check out the places you've mentioned.

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  7. I prefer to purchase clothes that I can wear for all occasion whether its a function or for work. I've learnt that occasion clothes are not used often and thus being left most of the time not worn or forgotten altogether. Will definitely stick to classic. Best for all times. Sharon Elsie | diva-in-me.com

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  8. I absolutely adore some of the styles you've pulled out here Chi Chi! And as always, some great tips for fashionistas x

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  9. Some very helpful tips here, all of the dresses on here look absolutely amazing

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  10. Thanks for these tips! Actually learned a lot, especially on textures and embellishments.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  11. Really good tips, I always buy something that will still be ok in a few seasons times as I keep them for years

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  12. Thanks for these tips! I'm absolutely awful at shopping for anything so I will try to remember these.

    Ami xxx
    www.ami-rose.com

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  13. Thanks for this post. I am looking for a dress as I am a finalist at Britmums :) I need shipping tips! Big time.

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  14. These are really some gorgeous dresses! I like all these picks, especially the one in the middle. Also, thanks for the tips.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  15. These are wonderful tips and beautiful dresses!

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  16. Great tips thanks for sharing this hun.

    Gemma x
    www.jacuardflower.uk

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  17. I love this, lady- shopping for an occasion dress can be really fun!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  18. great post
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  19. These dresses look so gorgeous!

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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  20. Oooh, beautiful picks!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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  21. Perfect tips! I am all about the embellishment for occasions! It's just always too pretty!

    xoxo,
    Vanessa
    www.whatwouldvwear.com

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  22. great tips as well as selection... i alsway loovve clissy dresses...thanks for sharing the post

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  23. I love your tips. I totally agree that midi is the perfect length that works for all ages. Sometimes we might feel too formal in a maxi (and mini might not be always suitable) so midi is always a safe choice.

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  24. Great tips! And these dresses are so gorgeous! Love them ALL.

    X Merel
    www.andathousandwords.com

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  25. Thanks for the beautiful picks!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  26. This is incredibly helpful to me as I have a few important events coming up and am completely lost on where to even begin! Some really fab tips!

    Musings & More

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  27. Great points! Totally agree that it makes sense to go for classic styles, rather than on-trend, as it means you can wear the piece again and again! :)

    aglassofice.com x

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  28. So many pretty dresses! Thanks for the tips – I'll be ready for my next event :)

    Erica
    www.eggcanvas.me

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  29. Great shopping times for occasion wear and a beautiful selection of dresses!

    Miriam x
    www.londonkitchenidiaries.com

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  30. Love this, occasion wear can sometimes be so hard to shop for, but you completely nailed it! I am so glad I found your blog also, you are doing really well with it. Keep it up! x

    adelelydia.blogspot.com

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  31. wow amazing collection
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  32. Amazing picks darling! Love these dresses!
    Thanks for sharing it!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Much love, Len
    www.lenparent.com

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  33. great picks!!
    kisses from the sandpit ❤︎
    www.mahryska.com

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  34. Excellent points! I'm a big believer in combining different textures!

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  35. nice post!the dresses is very beautiful !
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