Bonus! Budget Tips:
Looking your best doesn’t mean you have to spend an arm and a leg. Shop your own closet and those of your friends. Look through your jewelry box and think creatively. If you have an amazing pair of earrings that you bought for a different special occasion, recycle them by using them with a new dress or pair them with a different necklace to make the jewelry feel new again. And take advantage of your friends (in a good way!) by offering to let them borrow a dress if you can steal their shoes for a night, or maybe borrow a clutch. Military spouses show support in so many ways when it comes to deployments and being pillars for one another to lean on. That rule shouldn’t go out the window when it comes to fashion. Don’t be afraid to compliment your friend’s great taste and ask to borrow a gown she’s worn in the past.
Another popular option is renting! Rent the Runway offers designer dresses at a fraction of the cost, delivered right to your door! Look and feel your best in top-quality gowns, without breaking your bank. Looking like a million bucks never means you have to spend a million bucks.
But if you are set on buying something new, plan ahead and budget now. Put aside extra cash each week, so you don’t feel like you’re taking a hard financial hit the month of your ball. This is a time to celebrate and feel your best, so put on a smile to go with that fabulous dress and great accessories.
Mindi Marshall runs her business from Toledo, Ohio, but often connects with women all over the country. She is dedicated to helping women look and feel their best and would love to answer any personal style questions you may have. Feel free to contact her by visiting her website: www.stelladot.com/mindimarshall.