Allowing at least 30 minutes for just the “dressing” part of getting ready is really important—even if you’re wearing a really simple dress. Not only do you not want to be rushed, but you never know when you might need that extra time. Sometimes a zipper breaks, or you need to be sewn into your dress last-minute, or your straps are too long and need to be altered on the fly, or you’ve forgotten some totally essential part of the getup, or … or … or. In any case, even if everything goes off without a hitch, you’ll still need time for putting on all your glorious accessories.
photo: Gia Canali