There’s nothing simple or straightforward about getting ready to go to a family event, especially if it’s not just your family. It takes advanced planning. You have to be sure that you have the right dress, accessories, make-up, and gift. Everything is judged.
I know because I’ll spend the wedding judging others.
I’m lucky I already had the dress I needed. I have a habit of buying dress-up clothes every once in a while, just in case, but always with the absolute knowledge I’m never going to need them. Then I do. The same goes with jewelry, for me and to give as gifts. If I see a good sale, and something catches my eye, I buy it and put it away for a rainy day.
So I was almost prepared. The one thing I didn’t have was the right shoes. I’ve been doing a bad job of buying shoes lately. The life of a shoe isn’t that long, at least not for me. It lasts maybe a year, then it has to be replaced. But I haven’t been replacing them lately. As a result, my shoe collection is diminishing.
I did have a pair of shoes that went to the dress I wore, but they weren’t the best choice (they pinched a bit and I’d worn them quite a few times). And, truthfully, I ended up taking them off by the end of the wedding… but I think that may have had more to do with the fact that I danced a lot than with the shoes themselves.
So, I wore a sleeveless black dress with beading around the neckline. I paired that with a lace wrap and some heeled leather sandals, both black. The jewelry was a set of blue topaz (emerald cut) in a nice sterling silver/marcasite setting. The set (necklace, earrings, bracelet, ring) was a present from my sister for Christmas a few years ago. It’s very nice, one of my favorites, and one of the ones I pull out for special occasions.
The most elaborate part of getting prepared to go out for a special event isn’t choosing your wardrobe and accessories. (And I know that I can only speak for myself in this.)The most elaborate part is the makeup. But I’m not going into that here.