Every woman should have in her wardrobe a dress that could fit any occasion. Nowadays, a dress is equal to the weak and the feminine, many women forego buying one. When they have to buy one out of necessity, many women experience a quandary: how do you buy a great dress?
- Reasons. Ask yourself why you need to buy one. The occasion where you intend to wear the dress will define the design, the appropriate color and the accessories that you can wear with it.
- Measurement. Before you shop, you need to get a trusty tape measure and measure your bust line (the point between your left and right nipples). If you intend to wear a bra underneath the dress, wear the bra during measurement. If you want to go au naturale, then just simply let it hang and do the measurement. After the bust line, measure your waist. Allocate at least 2 to 3 inches on your actual measurement to provide allowance from the time you did your measurement and the time that you will wear the dress.
- Budget. Another serious consideration that you have to bear in mind before you pick your dress from the racks is the budget. Just how much are you willing to pay? Bear in mind that the more important the occasion, the more expensive the dress. You may also have to consider if you intend to pay in cash or with credit.
- Garment. Check out the garment for its creasing and stretching properties. You will want to buy a dress that does not crease easily and allows for some size adjustment. Consider the design and the colors. Opt for classic cuts and neutral colors when it's for formal events. Check out the weight of the garment. Heavier garments are for formal affairs while those a little bit lighter are for casual events. Keep your eyes open for inner stitching and if the clasps and zippers are attached securely.
- Fitting. Before you go off to the cashier, visit the fitting room. Do not mind the long queue because it is essential that the dress be fitted to your body so that you would have an idea how it would look on your body. For dresses, check out how the garment falls on your body. It should accentuate your assets and hide your flaws. Turn around and see how it looks in front, back and sides. Try to sit on an imaginary chair and stand up. Check for creases and how the garment accommodates the unwanted bumps you aim to hide.
- Return policy. A decent clothing shop should have a return policy. Make sure you ask the seller if they have one and how does one go about returning merchandise. Keep receipts.
A great dress that you can wear on any given occasion is an investment. It should be one of the basic pieces of clothing in your wardrobe, one where you can mix and match your accessories.