Archive for the ‘Formal Wear’ Category

Amp Up Your Holiday Party Style

December 17, 2012

With all the great holiday parties coming up, maybe you don’t have extra cash to spend on a new outfit. Or maybe you’re party-hopping and need a fast way to pull a “costume change” and look party-appropriate for two different events. Either way, decorating a regular outfit with accessories is an awesome and versatile way to go!

Here are a few styles you can put together for your Holiday festivities…

Santa and elf hats are no-brainers, but try to think outside the box and come up with a few other fun ideas. A giant tulle bow would look adorable, as would jingle bell earrings, or bright red lipstick and shimmery makeup. The possibilities are endless!

Holiday Festive to Night Club-ready!

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This outfit can go from holiday festive to night club-ready in seconds!

To get this look, start with a basic dress — I love this boat-neck black number. Add a foxy pair of ankle boots and a glittery clutch. Before you head in to a Christmas party, throw on these cute reindeer antlers and a Christmas light necklace. When it’s time to hit the club, just take them off any leave them in your car. A win-win for both occasions!

Formal Affair

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For a formal holiday party, start the look off with a cream dress with ruffled details. Once you have this solid base, spice it up with interesting accessories. Blue chandelier earrings, a cocktail ring, and heels are a great addition to the dress. Fur is all the rage right now, so get in on this trend by pairing this coat with the look. Finish the look with a silver metallic bag.

Rockin’ New Years

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Your holiday style is all about the glam. So what better way to embrace this spirit than with a multi-colored, sequined mini dress? To balance out the glitz and glam of the dress, pair it with a classic boyfriend blazer and some opaque tights. Complete the ensemble with a pair of black heels, simple purple studs, and a teal velvet clutch that picks up on the colors in the dress.

What’s your Holiday party style? 

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Holiday 2012: Fabulous Party Dresses for Less

November 19, 2012

The holiday season comes and goes so quickly, and we all have so many things to get done around the holidays: shopping for gifts, baking cookies, and holiday parties. When does that leave time for picking out the perfect holiday dresses for the season? Start planning early to make sure you find the perfect outfits to wear for the 2012 holiday season.

Remember these pointers when deciding on your dress:

  • Choose the right holiday dress style to accent your figure and that makes you feel comfortable when you wear it.
  • Pick a holiday dress color that is appropriate for the season and also works best with your skin tone. For complexions that have blue or pink undertones, choose white, black, navy blue, red, or shocking pink dresses. For complexions that are pale or pinkish, choose pastels or soft neutrals. Complexions with golden undertones work best when paired with camel, beige, orange, gold, or dark brown dresses. For a creamy white or peach complexion, wear warm colors like camel, peach, golden yellow or golden brown.
  • Get the right size that is the perfect fit for you. When ordering a holiday dress online, consult the size chart. Be sure to have a good seamstress available, as alterations will ensure the perfect fit and make you look your best.

Visit Formally Hers and start planning for Holiday 2012, and browse cocktail dresses or evening gowns today.

  

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: Dressing Tips

August 2, 2012

It may not be your special day, but that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to look gorgeous. The problem is that dressing for a wedding can be tricky. Because you shouldn’t have to stress out about a wedding that isn’t yours, we’ve put together some tips to ensure that you’ll turn heads while sticking to the dress code. Now all you’ve got to worry about is how to get that cute groomsman to dance with you.

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: Basic Do’s and Don’ts

Do

  • Wear summer colors like turquoise, melon, strawberry, or kelly green
  • Wear cute pumps and/or sandals for an inside wedding/reception
  • Wear black (with color) to an evening wedding
  • Wear something sexy- but tasteful
  • Wear a linen pants suit

Don’t

  • Wear white, unless the bride requests it
  • Wear black to an afternoon/morning wedding. Pick something colorful
  • Wear heels for an outside wedding/reception (your heel will get stuck in the grass)

Dress for the time and place

Afternoon ceremonies tend to be more casual than evening soirees, so first take into account what time the event is taking place. At noon, it’s perfectly appropriate to wear a summer sundress or pastel skirt, while at six; it’s more fitting to wear a satin or chiffon cocktail dress. Many weddings nowadays call for a wardrobe change between a low-key ceremony and fancy reception. Determine how much to dress up or down according to the time and venue of the event.

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Choose Complementary Accessories
A metallic pair of sandals or shoes are the perfect partner to a summer dress. For a ballroom affair, select strappy stilettos or peep-toes. If the event is taking place outdoors, you may want to opt for wedges or flats that won’t get stuck in the grass or sand.

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It’s also important to choose the right bag. Find a small clutch or wristlet that complements your outfit and fill it with your essentials, among which should be powder. Summer means heat, and heat means sweat, so be prepared.

Go Light on Makeup and Jewelry
Fresh; minimalistic makeup is more flattering for a summer wedding. Ditch the heavy lipstick and apply a shimmering gloss to keep lips moist and shiny. Be sure to wear a sunscreen if you’ll be outdoors, but go light on the foundation or wear a light coating of powder instead.

Because you’re probably wearing a light, breezy dress, you should also go light on the jewelry. Cumbersome baubles look awkward with an airy ensemble, so trade your chandelier earrings for pearls or studs. A little bling goes a long way in the summer time.

Come in and visit with us at Formally Hers. We feature ladies’ formal wear, mother of the bride or groom, cocktail attire, shoes and evening bags; everything you need for that perfect summer wedding attire.

Spring Cleaning and Finding Money in Your Closet

February 26, 2010

As February comes to an end and our days get longer, subtle signs of spring start to creep in. In our house, my husband knows that change of season is in the air when there is no room for his clothes in the closet. I tend to push his clothes into a corner for about a month, two times a year. This weekend will be the beginning of that time. I will bring all my clothes out of hiding and begin trying on my Spring and Summer items and decide what to keep, what to donate and what to take to a consignment shop to sell.

This has been my semiannual ritual for years and thought that maybe other women do the same thing, so I made the decision to open a consignment shop last fall. Space is limited in the shop so I decided to specialize in evening, formal and bridal wear. I am a very picky shopper and in my humble opinion there is nothing worse than shopping in a cluttered atmosphere. The consignment shops I prefer are more like boutiques. They are always clean, easy to shop at, nice smelling and the clothes are clean and pressed. That is the type of shop I own.

When looking for consignment shops in your area, I suggest you go to the National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops website. Many resale shops take things on consignment and split the proceeds with you. All consignment shops set their own terms in regards to percentages and fees, so be careful. Make sure to read the consignment agreement/guidelines for each store. Some shops charge a fee per item on top of their percentage and others charge a check printing fee. Another item to review is the rules for unsold merchandise. Can you pick it up? Does it become property of the store? Do they donate the items, and if so, do you get the tax receipt upon request?

When I have items to donate, I bring them to the WINGS Resale shop. WINGS is a program that provides shelter to abused and/or homeless women and children. They have 3 resale shops and the money they make helps to provide the services and shelter that these women and children need. The women are also given an “allowance” so that they can purchase items in the Resale shop for their children and themselves. It sure makes me feel good to donate to such a worthy cause, and I get a tax receipt as well!

If Consignment Shops Could Speak

January 22, 2010

Consignment Bridal Gown with SleevesI love the stories I hear while working at our new resale shop. It is almost as if the wedding dresses, evening gowns and even the evening bags and shoes have a life of their own. When the consignees bring in the items I hear where they wore the items. We have a dress that went to Obama’s Inaugural Ball and a wedding dress that was never worn because she found out in the nick of time “what the groom was really like”.
I also get to hear the plans for the items being purchased. Since our store specializes in evening and formal wear most of the purchases are made with an event in mind. Today alone, I sold St. John suit off-white with rhinestones that is going to a Bar Mitzvah in New York City, a pair of Ferragamo pumps that are going on a Cruise and Bridal Gown. My favorite was the  birdal gown to a bride who was on a budget – she shared with me that by only spending $300 on her dress she could include a few more friends on her invite list.

This is definitely a rewarding business. I will from time to time share other stories about the adventures of our formal wear!

Bridal Gowns for Budget Weddings – Consider Used Formal Wear at Consignment Shops

December 2, 2009

I was searching the web this weekend in order to get an idea what to price two gently worn wedding gowns that were brought in for consignment at our new consignment formal wear store. During my search I came across the site Top-wedding-dresses and their blog post of November 29th, 2009 titled Ten Ways to Cut Wedding Costs.

The author starts the blog “There are two types of wedding couples: Those who have unlimited finances to throw the party of their choice and those who have to remain within a budget. If you are the latter, there are ways to have the wedding you desire without going way into debt to do so. But it will take a bit of compromise. Here are 10 ways where you can cut costs in certain areas to free up money to put elsewhere into something you really want for your wedding ceremony or reception.”
Consignment Bridal Gown with Sleeves
This blog has some great hints for everything from the invitations, to the food and beverage. I encourage you to read her other hints. Of course what caught my eye was the part about wedding gowns. She suggests renting the bridal gown and those for the bride’s maids and flower girl. This sent me on a quest to find costs for renting bridal dresses. I found the range for renting between $300 and $800. I suggest looking at consignment shops and buying a once loved gown. At our store the gowns that we currently have are priced from $300 to a never worn one at $800.

New Hinsdale IL Resale Shop to Open for Formal Wear, Wedding Attire, Accessories, Shoes, etc.

October 31, 2009

We are getting ready to open Formally Hers on Saturday, November 14th.   There is a planned preview party (if you’d like an invite to the preview party send me an email) scheduled for November 12th. It is tricky running a business and trying to get another opened at the same time. Thank goodness I have wonderful staff at Hinsdale Furriers and a carpenter husband. This weekend we paint and next week the fixtures start getting put together. It is exciting to be starting something new.

Wedding and Fashion Attire on Consignment at Reduced Prices

It is so unbelievable the amount of worn lovingly once evening wear that has come into the store. We already have over 300 garments just from one advertisement and a letter in our Hinsdale Furriers newsletter. It is fun to hear the stories of the outfits: where they were worn, what the occasion was or why they were not worn. It is also fun to see my employees drool over some of the items. The most fun was the day some one brought in Jimmy Choo Shoes and my employees played Cinderella. To their dismay not one of them was Cinderella.