Five Tips When Shopping For New Years Eve Dresses

New Year’s Eve is one of the most fun celebrations shared by people all around the world. And shopping for the perfect dress to wear during the celebrations can be as much of a blast as the fireworks we hear at midnight. But while you’re getting ready for your night of festivities, you can still shop with preparedness in mind. So here are a few things to think about when shopping for your New Years Eve Dresses.

Consider the Occasion.

Are you going to be ringing in the New Year in a posh ballroom Uptown, or watching the sky explode over your high school’s football stadium? In a finer setting, you’ll certainly want to wow the gentleman with your stiletto heels and designer evening gown, but you won’t be impressing anyone with how deep you can bury those stilettos into the mud parking lot of the stadium. Kidding aside, you don’t want to be too overdressed or under-dressed for the party or other events you are attending, or the glances you get may not be ones of admiration.

To own or not to own.

Another thing to consider is whether you should be shopping to buy, or if you want to rent for the occasion. If you are going to a party or a nice restaurant, you certainly may want to buy a new dress to wear to these kinds of occasions in the future. But if you’ll be counting down the New Year in a formal ball gown, and that’s not something you do all the time, you may be better off renting your dress. Not only is renting considerably cheaper than buying, any spills, tears, or other damage to the dress will be the rental shop’s problem and not yours.

What will the temperature be?

Another consideration that people all-too-often forget about until it’s too late is how hot or cold do you expect your environment to be.  Whether the New Year comes during the Summer or Winter in your neck of the woods, the environment of your celebration may be quite different than the temperature outside. A huge ballroom is likely to be harder to warm (or cool) than a small restaurant. How many people will there be? The collective body heat of a packed room can be toasty even in the coldest of places. If outside, will there be bonfires in the cold or a cool breeze on a warm night? Think about this when selecting the shoulder style, length, and fabric of your New Years Eve Dresses.

Be flexible.

Finally, remember that the conditions you planned for can change, and you need to be ready. Even if you’ll be warm inside, will you have to wait in line for an hour before you can enter the restaurant? Will the ballroom turn the heat up so high that you think the place is on fire? Shop for a New Years Eve dress you can be comfortable in a variety of settings. And while you’re at it, consider accessories like a shawl or scarf that you can carry with you in case you need it.