Now let me ask you: if you were handed tickets to a show (or dinner or gallery opening or ball) with just a few hours' notice, would you be able to accept knowing you'd be properly dressed?
Most women would have to say "no."
Because, like the gal who missed out on "Mame," most women have gapping holes in their wardrobes that prevent them from going to certain places appropriately dressed. They funnel the majority of their clothing budgets into their primary activity, like work or taking care of kids, and are caught like a deer in the headlines when something out-of-the-ordinary comes along. They're either forced to decline a last-minute invitation, or go with what they have and spend the whole time feeling inappropriately dressed.
It's all so unnecessary. Because with just a little bit of planning, they could be ready for ANYTHING - even a last minute invitation to a touring Broadway show. So let's take a few minutes to discuss an appropriate evening wear wardrobe.
Now if you think this subject really doesn't apply to you because you rarely go to formal functions, keep reading anyway. You'll soon discover that by having just a few of these pieces in your closet, you can easily transform almost any outfit into appropriate formal attire, whether you're headed to an evening wedding, an association cocktail party, or even a New Year's get-together with a few of your nearest and dearest.
So what are the 5 top evening wear pieces you should have?
Should you have ALL of these pieces in your wardrobe? Ideally, yes, particularly if your lifestyle carries you through a wide variety of activities and you need versatile pieces to go the distance. If your life is pretty predictable with few surprises, consider just adding an evening top or handbag for spur-of-the moment things.
You'll find the best selection of evening wear apparel right before the holidays in November and December, and when stores are clearing their remaining inventories in early January. If your budget's tight, consider shopping consignment stores. You'll also find a surprising array at places like Goodwill and the Salvation Army in the spring, when people do their spring cleaning and/or are disposing of their clothes at the end of the spring formal season.
Having a few eveningwear pieces on hand is always a good idea, even if you don't have a really busy social life. A lacy top or pretty evening bag can spice up just about any outfit enough to be worn to an evening function, allowing you more opportunities to enjoy life to the fullest. So don't turn down that last-minute invitation because you don't have anything to wear; be in your seat when the curtain rises and savor the evening's memory for years to come.
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