We all know that the best parties are the ones where everyone is dressed to impress. However, your outfit should be the least of your worries. The prep work needed before a party is of the utmost importance, and you don’t want to be caught unprepared. No one wants to be the one guest who’s short on cash, doesn’t know where the party is, or arrives late.
To ensure you don’t forget anything on your way out the door, we put together a list of ten tips that will help you get ready for any party! Whether it’s a formal event with the boss or a casual get-together at your best friend’s house, we’ve got you covered.
Get Your Nails and Hair Done
There’s no better time to get that French manicure you’ve been eyeing than before a party! While you’re at it, it wouldn’t hurt to have your hair done too. Having picture-perfect nails and hair will ensure you look gorgeous in photos.
Not to mention, it’s always nice to look your best when you’re out with friends. You also want to ensure you make a good impression on the people you’ll meet for the first time.
Put On Your Outfit First
Most people make the mistake of putting on their outfits right before they head out of the door only to realize on the way that something isn’t quite right. For instance, you may notice that the new dress rides up with every step, you can’t stop itching because of your necklace, and the shoes don’t fit right.
You can avoid this by putting on your outfit first. This way, you get a feel of comfort, and if you need to make any adjustments or take anything off, you’ll have plenty of time before the party starts.
Pack an Emergency Kit
It’s downright frustrating to forget something important for a party, like extra money or even deodorant! So pack an emergency kit in advance and keep it in your car to ensure it doesn’t happen. That way, there won’t be any last-minute panics.
Some things you must keep in your kit are cash, deodorant, tissues, tampons/pads (if needed), hairbrush, keys, phone, and bobby pins.
Turn Prep Time Into a Mini Party
It’s always a good idea to get ready with your friends. It’s enjoyable, and you’ll be less stressed if someone is around if you need help. Your friends can also give input on what you’re wearing and how your makeup is looking.
Turn your prep time into a mini party by eating snacks and listening to music while getting ready with friends! A few shots of tequila or a glass of wine won’t hurt either. It could be the perfect way to loosen up before the party.
Try Something New
The night of the party is a perfect time to try something you’ve wanted to do. Of course, you can always go with what’s tried and tested, but it never hurts to have one more option in your back pocket. Whether it’s wearing those peep-toe pumps from Target or adding mesh inserts onto an old dress, being daring at parties is a sure way to boost your confidence.
However, when picking out new items, ensure that they’re practical and comfortable. Ending up in a huge mess just because of those gorgeous heels that were so hard to walk in isn’t worth it!
Steer Clear of Short-Sleeved Shirts
Men have an easier time getting ready for a party, but the slightest mistake can leave you looking out of place. For example, the worst thing that a man can wear to a party is a short-sleeved shirt with a tie.
These shirts are unflattering and leave you looking unprofessional. If you’re attending an official event, make sure to stick with long-sleeved shirts and pair them with a matching tie. If it’s a casual event, you can still make it work by wearing a sweater over your shirt.
Pair Matching Shoes and Belt
Another mistake that men often make is not pairing their shoes with a belt of the same color or style. For example, if your shoes are brown, wear either a brown leather belt to go along with them or try an all-brown-themed outfit that will look fantastic.
A Well-Fitting Outfit Is A Must
Whether you’re attending a significant event or a casual hangout with friends, there is no excuse for showing up in clothes that are too big or too small. Check the fit of all new clothing (including dresses and shoes) before leaving the store to ensure that they fit you perfectly.
Stay On Top Of Your Grooming Habits
The way you look matters. Make sure that your hair is freshly cut and styled, your teeth are clean and white, and that there isn’t a food stain on any part of your outfit by the time you arrive at the event. Be mindful of the amount of perfume or cologne you wear; too much will be distracting to others. Also, ensure you are using breath mints or gum to freshen your breath.
Be Mindful Of The Way Your Body Looks
Before leaving the house, take a good look in the mirror. Do you feel comfortable with how your body looks? If not, change into something that flatters you better; don’t wear an outfit you don’t feel comfortable wearing in the house. You’ll probably not feel different about it at the party either.
Time to Party!
There you have it; your handy guide to getting ready for a party. Some of the tips in this article are pretty simple, but they’ll go a long way to making sure you have an enjoyable night out with friends or family.
However, don’t overthink it. Sometimes, even with the best planning, the night doesn’t go as expected. The most important thing to remember is that you should be yourself and have a good time!