We’ve all heard it said that you should always look your best. Why is that? I can think of a number of reasons!
~ You never know who you will meet ~
~ An unexpected opportunity could present itself ~
~ You feel more confident when you are nicely dressed and groomed ~
~ Others will respond to you more positively when you look your best ~
The list could go on and on – I’m sure you could add a few of your own reasons, too, and these just have to do with everyday living.
What about when you have a special occasion to attend? Here are my three very important tips to remember:
~ Dress to Respect the Occasion ~
What this means to me, is that there are social traditions that guide the dress for each occasion to base your selections upon. Additionally, there may be some hints from the invitation that can direct you to attire from formal to casual. Examples would include: Cocktail attire, White Tie, Business Casual and the like.
Social traditions would include to never wear all white to a wedding, and always wear black to a funeral or memorial service, unless instructed otherwise at the host’s request.
Taking into account these traditions and the guidelines of the invitation, you are now able to shop and select the proper ensemble that will rightfully show respect to the occasion you have been invited.
~ Honor the Person Who Invited You ~
Someone wanted to include you in the event or celebration. They chose you to be a part of something that is of importance to them. You should groom yourself to honor them for choosing and inviting you, period. Make them happy that they invited you. They will be more inclined to include you again, and again.
~ Know Your Social Graces ~
Dress can only go so far, if your behavior doesn’t match. Make sure you know your social graces of how to eat; appropriate utensils and glasses to use during an elegant meal as well as how to politely eat chicken off a skewer, or bite into a large piece of sushi.
Make sure you know how to make an introduction, offer a friendly handshake and appropriate conversational topics at each event. (Hint – a friendly social conversation usually avoids the topics of politics and religion.)
Now that you know the basics, I hope you will take them to heart for all of your future invitations and pass them along to your children, too!
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©2011 Candy Dye