What’s the point of buying gorgeous things if you’re not going to wear them? That lavish party dress. Those twinkling crystal-kissed stilettos and drop-dead drop earrings. You didn’t really buy them so they could hibernate in the midnight recesses of your closet, did you? You don’t have to be famous to live out your own red carpet moment. There are certain milestones in life—a prom, a wedding, a bat mitzvah, a sweet sixteen, an anniversary—that deserve all the attention a starlet receives on her photographer-lined way into a Hollywood event. At these times, obsess. It’s totally acceptable.
Why we do it up
Dressing up is about celebrating. It is living it up. It’s what differentiates the cork-popping moments from the everyday routine of our lives. It might be an anniversary or a birthday, a deserved promotion at the job, or an intimate reunion among friends, yet whatever the occasion, you should dress like it means something.
Ready? Or not?
Few of life’s celebrated moments happen spontaneously. Usually an invitation arrives weeks, if not days before. And even if you only have a couple of hours’ notice to toast a special something or other, knowing what to wear should come to mind instantly and effortlessly. The only way that’s going to happen is by being prepared. Don’t wait for the day before, let alone the day of an event, to style yourself.
Make a list
For all my dependence on my PDA, cell phone, and laptop (and I can’t live without them), nothing beats a notebook and a pen when I’m making up a list. Success in styling is in the details, and nowhere are the details better highlighted than on paper.
Sometimes you have to sacrifice a little comfort for image. It may be the heels. You have to decide if it’s worth it and then commit. No walking around barefoot or complaining! Sometimes you have to push the envelope. For example, white is something I tend to resist. With my coloring it works on me, but I often stay away from white because I’m so paranoid about getting it dirty.