I got my first summer wedding invitation in the mail today.
So far it’s just the one, but there have been years past that one wedding per week was the norm.
If you’re in need of multiple summer wedding outfits this year, I highly recommend doing a little planning before you head out to buy the outfits.
To make the most of your shopping budget (whatever it may be) just follow these quick tips:
1. Write a list of all the weddings you need to go to this summer.
2. If any groups of family or friends will be going to 2 or more of these weddings create a symbol for each group. For example @ = high school friends, # = husband’s family. (If none of the groups overlap you’re in luck! You only need one outfit for all the weddings you’re going to.)
3. Mark each of the weddings listed with the group symbols that apply.
4. Count up the number of each symbol and circle the highest number. This is the number of summer wedding outfits you need.
5. For each of the summer wedding outfits you need draw a circle and label them Clothing for Outfit 1, Clothing for Outfit 2, Clothing for Outfit 3 and so on until you’ve drawn the number of circles you came up with in step 4.
6. Add 2 more circles and label one Accessories (includes jewellery and evening bag) and one Shoes.
6. Write down your total budget for all the summer wedding outfits beside your circles.
7. Take your total budget number and divide it by the number of circles you have.
8. Write the dollar value you come up with in each circle.
Sweet! You’ve just created a plan for what you need and the budget you have for each piece! It might look a little something like this.
Now the fun part… shopping! You’ll want to focus on finding a neutral pair of evening shoes (gold, silver and nude are all great choices) and neutral evening accessories that you can wear with each of the outfits you choose.
I suggest dresses as an easy way to create an entire outfit – you find a great dress, add the accessories, and your whole outfit is done!
You may also want to focus on finding a different colour dress for each event so it looks like you’ve changed everything up. You can write the colours you would like to find in each of the coinciding circles to keep you organized.
If you happen to have pieces in your closet you can use, great! You’ve just saved yourself some time, money and effort. Divide that saved money amongst the other circles as you see fit or use the money on something else entirely.
This formula works on any budget so you don’t have to break the bank on outfits you may only wear once!
Are there other areas in your life you could use some wardrobe planning tips? Leave a comment below to let us know.