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The excitement you feel when you receive that invite to the gala ball is often tainted with the anxiety that comes with choosing a suitable gown for the occasion.

Formal events follow protocol, and while we always want to stay within those well-defined boundaries, we do strive for something unique.

If you understand the social limitations of such formal occasions, there is actually a lot of room for manoeuvre, and if you are about to be faced with a dress or gown choice for a formal occasion, here are some helpful tips to ensure you make the right choice. 

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1 /  Research the Event 

In order to fully understand your limitations, you need to find out about the event itself. If, for example, you are going to the prom, you are pretty much safe with any length dress, and bright colours are acceptable. There are some unique prom dresses available at Peaches Boutique, a leading online gown retailer who has more than 4,000 designs in stock. In the event you really aren’t sure regarding your boundaries, simply categorize the event as either formal or informal, and stick to something not too outrageous, in both style and colour.


2 / Talk to your Friends

It is highly unlikely that you are the only one of your group who is attending the event in question, and even if you are, some of your friends are bound to have had some experience in that field. Most girls rely heavily on their friends for advice, for just about everything, and by discussing trends and fashions, you will pick up some very useful tips on dress and make-up selection for a range of occasions.


3 / Check Out Online Retailers 

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Whatever the occasion, or your tastes, you are limited to the stock of the supplier, which is why you should be searching the Internet. A single online dress and gown retailer would stock more than 10,000 garments that are mainly well-known designer creations. If you spend some time surfing the site, you will see many fine examples of a range of formal gowns and dresses, and this can help you make the right choice.


 4 / Trust your Inner Judgement

At the end of the day, it is you who must wear the outfit, and if you don’t get positive vibes from within, this is not a good sign. It has been said many times by fashion design gurus that the ability to wear a gown lies within the person who is wearing it, and if she doesn’t feel good, this will affect how she looks. Many people lose out in life, as they fail to listen to their inner voice, and for those who would like further reading on the subject, there is a fascinating article online that is a guide to trusting your inner self.

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After a little research into the actual event, you should be aware of the do’s and don’ts, and then if you begin your search online, it won’t be long before you find exactly what you are looking for. Above all, you must feel comfortable and confident in the gown, and never be shy to ask for second, third, or even fourth opinions, as this will re-inforce your self-confidence, and you will surely be the belle of the ball.

What are your personal tips for finding a perfect formal dress or outfit? Comment below!


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