It can be a very daunting task to choose an outfit theme, color scheme, and details. There are hundreds of choices and truth is you can picture yourself wearing all of them. But to ease the pain of narrowing down your ideas and save you from a major headache we have compiled a list to help move you in the right direction.
1.) Check out our outfit galleries. They are categorized by theme and we made them easy to browse. Try to choose 3 of your favorite outfit styles. By narrowing down your top 3 favorites you can decide which outfit style would make sense for you.
2.) Determine your favorite details. Do you really like flowers? If so, what type? Do daisies strike your fancy, roses, or maybe a tropical mix. Do you like lots of rhinestones (the more glam look), an edgier look (with chains, leather, or spikes), or maybe you like the super girly look (with ruffles and bows). Narrow down your favorite aspects of the outfits you like.
This can include details such as:
Rhinestones (clustered, dripping down, randomly placed, or covered)
Feathers (How do you want them to lay? Covering the entire bra or just accenting)
When deciding on details, make sure to be realistic. If you plan on dancing hard, maybe dangling chains might not be a good option. If you plan on attending EDC mid June, then maybe a fur hood might not be a good idea. Plan outfits according to the weather, the festival, and the level of dancing you plan on doing. Although outfits are durable, they are still costume pieces that can be damaged if treated roughly.
3.) Determine an overall theme. Not all outfits will have a theme, but a general direction will be needed. Do you want to be a mermaid? A certain character? A fairy? An animal? It is important to decide what look you are hoping to achieve.
4.) Color scheme. Choose a color scheme that makes sense for the theme and colors that mesh well together. For example choosing colors within the same color family. Placing neutral colors with pastels, black or white with neons, and golds with turquoises or oranges. Head over to paint sites and analyze color swatches to determine what colors make sense with your theme.
5.) Choose inspirational photos. If you were inspired by fairies, look up photos of fairies on sites like Pinterest. Check out what specific fairies inspired your theme. If you were inspired by a character or sports team be sure to present these photos when emailing for an estimate. When sending inspirational photos be sure to give a brief explanation of what inspired you from each photo.
6.) When attaching photos of previous outfits, explain what exactly you want from the outfit. Did you want the rhinestone work, was it the trim, the bows? Please don't just attach tons of photos and expect us to know what you want.
7.) Get inspiration from the event itself. If you are going to EDC, think about a daisy inspired bra, if you're going to Beyond Wonderland, choose an outfit based off of your favorite Alice in Wonderland character. Think about variations on classic outfits, if you don't want to go as a typical Alice, then do a neon inspired Alice, or a Cheshire Cat/Mad Hatter mix, the possibilities are endless. It is ok to think outside of the box.
8.) Please do not be offended if your outfit idea is rejected. Instead go back to the drawing board and think of another idea. There are infinite possibilities when coming up with outfit ideas so don't be discouraged.
9.) Decide on the type of bottoms you want to wear. Do you want cheeky style undies (more revealing), boy short style (more coverage), a half tutu, a full tutu, or maybe a garter belt. Maybe you feel more comfortable with leggings. Choose what you feel comfortable with.
10.) Headbands and Hats. Decide what basic details you would like on your hat or headband. If you are going for a tiger look, ask for ears, if you are doing a Mad Hatter look, do a top hat, mermaid, a starfish headband with jewels.
When deciding on an outfit, have fun with it and most importantly do a little homework. We receive many emails saying just make it a surprise or I don't know what I want. The truth is we don't know what you want either. We can head in many different directions and we are here to create an outfit based off of what you like, we don't know our customers personally and it's a bit difficult to come up with outfit ideas based from email communications. Spend a little time thinking everything through before emailing, check out our galleries, checkout photos online, event galleries, make lists of your favorite characters, then decide on a basic color scheme, theme, and details. This would make the process so much smoother when ordering. If all else fails ask questions, we are here to help.
From all of us at Electric Laundry