It’s party time! Whether you’re the type who’s just fished the crumpled invite from the depths of your bag OR had it pinned up on the fridge for weeks in excited anticipation – it will serve you well to review our 5 Top Tips for getting it right this party season.
Tip 1: Identify the goal
It’s an adage old & true: failure to plan is planning to fail – & no-one enjoys a party “fail”! So take a moment to think about your upcoming event. Is it a work or social soiree? Do you simply want to make an appearance, show you’ve made an effort then get out fast to your better offer for the evening, or are you looking to impress that hot / handsome specimen across the room? Maybe you need to stand out & be noticed by the boss, demonstrating your commitment & creativity to help you land that promotion. Or perhaps you just need to make sure you keep your job (unlike last years’ office Christmas party where you got the vibe wrong, were emboldened by your outfit & alcohol & ended up in a compromising position with the entire Sales team…)
Tip 2: Get Emotional
No – we don’t mean crying in the change-room because nothing fits. This tip is about deciding how you want to feel at your event, keeping your goal above, in mind. Sexy, funny, intellectually superior, or just bloody comfortable?! This is a really helpful tip, especially where there is no theme specified on the invitation (grrr). Identify your party goal & how you’d like to feel when you make that entrance & you’re over half way there already.
Tip 3: Take an Inventory of Your Assets
Not the stocks & property portfolio! We’re talking physical assets here – the “girls” / the “guns” / the glutes. Which parts of you would you like to reveal & feature, or cover & conceal in order to put your best foot forward? Again – it’s important to remember your goal at this step.
Tip 4: Don’t Forget the Cherries
It’s the same with costumes as everyday dressing – the right accessories are the “cherries on top” that can make or break your outfit. Eyelashes – fancy hosiery – contact lenses – make-up & special FX – there’s an entire world of product out there in costume land, but not a lot of real live, flesh & blood retailers who can help you chose the perfect combination of products to take your look to the next level, plus give you the insider tips & tricks on application & removal. Which brings us to our final tip…
Tip 5: Consult the Experts!
People have personal trainers, life coaches, pet psychologists, de-cluttering services, party planners – but did you know, in this world of “checkout-chick-less” supermarkets, phone-tree laden helplines & online everything, there’s also a costume business that believes technology must be leveraged, but the personal touch must never be lost: www.fancythatcostumes.com.au
We’re both a bricks-&-mortar plus an online business shipping Australia-wide, with a passion for people & a mission to encourage us all to “play more, better connect with ourselves & each other, & make the world a happier place!” (we decided to leave “world peace” to the pageant contestants). And we love a challenge! The “I’ve got no idea & it’s tonight” customer is our specialty, as is the suggestion of quirky takes on a theme you may not have thought of yourself.
So there you have it: 5 Top Tips for nailing your outfit at any costumed event. Whilst Susan Cain & others have awakened us all to the power of introverts, we’d like to leave you with this quote from our favourite doctor: “Why fit in, when you were born to stand out?” – Dr Seuss
Belinda Marsh is a former Marketing Director with over 20 years’ experience in Sales, Marketing, Business Development and Client Service across a range of company sizes & industries. She’s also a former elite gymnast with over 20 years’ experience teaching gymnastics to 5 year olds.
Today, as Director of Fancy That! Costumes in Sydney Australia, she is passionate about fulfilling her mission of encouraging people – particularly adults – to PLAY more – to better connect with themselves and each other and make the world a happier place! www.fancythatcostumes.com.au