It’s so much easier to look and feel our stylish best when we plan ahead for special occasions. We’ve all been there: it’s the final 48 hours prior to an event or special occasion, and we still have nothing to wear; so we tear feverishly through malls and department stores (including some in which we wouldn't even normally shop) trying to find the perfect outfit in the least amount of time.
I have a small section of cocktail dresses in my closet that are primed and ready to be worn for my next special occasion. They’re dressier options that I have snatched up over the years, out of season or on sale because I knew that each would be something I could wear to a cocktail or semi-formal event, in any season of the year, and that I could style a couple of different ways—the latter being a must-have characteristic for anything that I purchase for my wardrobe. It helps me to avoid buyer’s remorse later. And generally as an event presents itself, I worry less about what to wear--and I know I’ll arrive looking and feeling like my best self in a dress that I’ve owned for awhile, experimented with and even had altered for the perfect fit.
More often than not the last minute rush fails to leave us feeling as put together as we would like—even if we’re fortunate enough to find something that remotely resembles our vision—and we end up spending more than we might have liked. So why not avoid it altogether?