You’ve purchased the dress, you’ve practiced the walk, and you feel ready to hit the stage! You might feel ready for your pageant’s Formal Wear Competition, but may unknowingly overlook multiple aspects that could cost you precious points! Ensure readiness for your upcoming competition with our Top 5 Formal Wear Competition Tips!
1. Gown Selection
First and foremost, your gown must be age appropriate not only your age division, but should reflect the style and values of your pageant system. Just as if you are competing in the PreTeen division, you should definitely not be wearing a mermaid style or tight-fitting gown since that would be more appropriate for a Miss division competitor. When it comes to a pageants brand, systems want their division queens to look like their age for marketing purposes. When all the queens are pictured together, it should be easy to define which girl represents which age division. Selecting a gown that is too juvenile or too mature for your age division can cost you points, which can easily be avoided! Not sure if your gown is the right one for your upcoming competition? Let us review it!
If your dress is too long, you’ll most likely trip on it onstage. If your dress is too short, it imposes a big distraction to your judges since most of the time they are seated at eye level with your feet. Make sure that your evening gown perfectly touches the ground by utilizing a local alterations business. You can find one close to your area in our Affiliate Directory. When getting alterations done, be sure to wear the actual heels you are going to wear for the Formal Wear Competition and stand on a hard surface when making alteration marks since standing on carpet can allow you to sink and you won’t get accurate markings. When it comes to evening gowns, alterations are your best friend that really can make or break your performance on stage!
3. Hair Accessories
The only accessory that should be on your head, is an invisible crown that’s waiting for the real crown to take its place. Wearing your own crown from home, a headband, rhinestone clips, or any other type of hair accessory is not the brightest idea when you are competing to essentially win a crown! It’s best to keep in mind that if you already have an accessory in your hair, where will your new crown go? Your judges will definitely take this factor into consideration when scoring. Keep it simple when styling your hair and just imagine that the crown is already on your head when competing in the Formal Wear Competition – you will exude more confidence than you know!
4. Emcee Cards
Your Emcee Cards that are being read while you float across the stage, matter! Be strategic when creating your content as each piece of information should relate back to your personal pageant brand. Most of the time when competing in large competitions, your judges will not remember every single contestant from what is said in the Interview Competition. It is up to you to reiterate your brand points through every area of competition to maintain memorability as a contestant and your Emcee Cards are a prime time to do so! Submit your Emcee Cards for review through our Feedback Submission area.
The eye is attracted to movement and it is your job to make sure that all eyes are on you when competing in the Formal Wear Competition! Whenever you come to a stopped pose on stage, the worst thing you can do is stand completely still because your judges will start to look for other things that are moving to focus their attention on. Scanning your judges by creating slow shoulder-to-shoulder head movements will keep the focal point at your face, which is exactly where you want your judges looking. It is beneficial to utilize this tip when on stage with all the other contestants to keep all eyes on you! Watch our Consulting Video on how to create a Winning Walk!
By following these tips we hope that you will see your Formal Wear Competition scores skyrocket at your next competition!
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