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Special Occasion Dressing - Saving a Dime with a Style

Updated on June 12, 2013

It’s upsetting but true that an invitation to a wedding or cocktail party or almost any “special occasion” has an overwhelming effect on most of us.

I haven’t got a thing to wear," and then we rush to dressmakers, shoe shops, accessory shops and all the shops we could think of, stricken with a desire to have something “dressy.”

As there is no cure for natural excitements like this, so there is also no cure to an impulsive passion for a dressy suit. Perhaps some sound advice for those of us who are faced with an invitation to an occasion can be interesting.

Try Not to...

Buy a dress or suit just to cause a stir on the day -- buy to wear and enjoy many times.

It's fun to get anything which can uniquely go with the other things you already possess – a plain white blouse can many times pair with any skirt or pants, a top coat must go with dresses already in your wardrobe. Choose a suit that you can wear the day after the occasion and still look right. If it isn't, curve promptings to buy no matter how desperately you feel you should have something new.

What about following a despairing urge to put another clip or flower somewhere? Appreciating the pleasure of slipping on an old dress over a new foundation challenges the imagination. If you look and feel incredibly beautiful in something of your choice, or an outfit that has been enhanced by YOU, then why decide to never wear it again?

It does not matter what you wear, what matters is you in that dress. I have a few clothing that I love wearing so often and as usual I get a "ribs-eye" look from my lovely sisters, lol!... I don't understand why I have to stop wearing something I very much like on me, so to escape those "fairy-witchy" looks, it kind of became an inspiration remaking an old one into a new look. Even if people start to realize they have seen it before, what could be so wrong? Special occasions come once or twice a year, so perhaps not a bad idea. :=)

Do the Best You Can to...

Keep a clear silhouette

Traditionally, dresses for special occasions offer more than A-line or wide-hemmed skirts. They come in styles with bold designs and timeless silhouettes that dominate special moments.

It is better to avoid a lot of floating ends, veils, furs, scarves, trinkets, beads and many other endless frills, than to look like so heavily-laden. So often we see women trying with one hand to stop their fur wraps slipping, or grasping an enormous handbag and a glass. In this situation, trying to drink starts a miniature landslide.


Go for Basic Neutrals

This helps a lot when you do want to change up the look, it could be easy to pull in a new combination.

Wear Comfortable Shoes

Buy new ones if you must, otherwise give a pair of old faithful a little extra tender loving care for the occasion. There are excellent refurbishing polishes and dyes that work wonders. Remember that often the party will be far too crowded for anyone to see your dainty feet.

Ready to Open that Sleeping Wardrobe?


Special occasion dresses have become an essential part of every woman’s wardrobe. So spending can be a wise treat. The goal in all this is to build a wardrobe and develop an ability to take most of what you own then cross-reference ideas with other things in your closet.

There is a good chance you have got some staple items in there. Re-using what you already own and finding some signature pieces and accessories that can act as your flavor and spice can display your adventurous creativity as well as respectable practicality.

Have you ever tried the effect of an old dress? It probably won’t satisfy you because deep in your heart is an ardent desire for something new. Well then at least you can go on a shopping spree with a clear conscience.

Happy trying!


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      Tonette Fornillos 4 years ago from The City of Generals

      That is so sweet of you MsDora, thank you. I am happy that you enjoyed the ideas I've shared. They are for all of us :=) Smiles from the city of generals:=)-Tonette

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Tonipet, you are a woman after my own heart. I love your ideas. I can learn lots from you. Voted Up!

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      Tonette Fornillos 4 years ago from The City of Generals

      Oh Nell, I would understand, lol... why? because it shows how you have enjoyed the fun of cultivating the best there could be. No elegant woman will take her looks for granted, regardless, and for today's woman, the world is limitless.

      Thank you for sharing that fun to us. Hugs! Infect us with those lovely ideas, lol. Best of all! :=)-Tonette

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      You should see me when I am trying to decide what to wear! lol! my bedroom looks like a shop when I have finished, clothes everywhere! but theres always room for more! great hub and ideas, nell

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      Tonette Fornillos 4 years ago from The City of Generals

      Yes, special times of the year. There is always excitement shopping. I'm sure the new one I'm deciding to to buy will be my next wash and wear for special occasions, haha. Sometimes little things can be a lot of fun. Thank you for reading Ruby. Your visit means a lot.

      Hugs from me:=) -Tonette

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      It's that time of the year, shopping!! Great ideas, thanks for sharing...

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      Tonette Fornillos 4 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hi Faith! wow loved your new look:=).... Comfort is truly beautiful and most probably if we wear our lovely dresses more than once, we'll b saving up a lot for other things so much worth spending. Thanks for the lovely thoughts, support, votes and share.

      Blessings and have a great week ahead:=) -Tonette

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      What a very helpful hub here you have written! Thanks for all of the great pointers. Yes, we do get all in a frenzy for some reason. You're right, we should buy something we are comfortable in and will wear more than once. I am with you on all that excess stuff just detracts!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper