I just love dressing up for a night out, particularly if you have the time to do it properly. There is no better feeling than having an outfit that you have bought especially for an occasion, and finally putting it on, going through your own unique ritual to get ready while the anticipation builds in the pit of your stomach, and then stepping out feeling like a million dollars.
For me, I have never felt this more acutely than when I am going to the ballet. My absolute favourites are opening nights or the finals of big competitions, because everyone makes so much effort, and just sitting in your seat in the auditorium feels like you are swimming in a sea of jewelled tones and beautiful clothes.
When I’m choosing an outfit for such an event, I always err on the conservative side, and try to pick something a little bit different. In the past I’ve worn sharp looks or something more avant garde, but I usually revert to beautiful dresses in pastel or lace.
In December last year I went to Sydney to attend the finals of an international ballet competition, held at the Opera House. Although I’ve been to the Opera House several times, I’m always a little bit awed that little old me is somewhere so globally renown and iconic.
I had no idea what I was going to wear, and it was getting to the point where I thought I would have to pull out a LBD. I was browsing through Morrison, which had come to my attention when I had been flicking through my Instagram feed a few days before, and I pulled out this stunning lace dress.
When I tried it on, I knew it was the one. It feels like being draped in a spider’s web, and not the nasty kind, the gossamer thin ones that sparkle with dew between the blades of grass if you go outside at sunrise. Plus I knew it would be perfect for so many events: future ballets, weddings.
I kept my jewellery dainty and my shoes and clutch simple. If your dress is this beautiful, you don’t want to detract from it in any way.