Occasion dressing: I like the idea of occasions, but hate the idea of the concept. For me that implies buying a one-event outfit and for me that makes absolutely no sense.
In a recent conversation with Halsbrook I suggested it would be fun (and useful) to examine the worrisome wardrobe challenges we face when a wedding invitation arrives. First, before the “I have nothing to wear” panic sets in, it’s best to decipher the message within the envelope.
Theoretically it should offer vestment clues, for example: country, big city, evening, religious ceremony followed by cocktails, dinner and dancing (with no time to change even if you wanted to) and so forth. You might even be invited to a destination wedding — like Paris(!) — pourquoi pas?
A follow-up conversation might be in order to discover adjectives like “casual, casual chic (I’ve never understood that one), cocktail, black-tie,” etc.
Here then are a few ideas on how to dress for the occasion and beyond. Remember that wonderful French compliment friends give to each other: “I love you in that dress.” Translation, an investment is something to be worn for years. Every outfit pictured has multiple possibilities, otherwise they wouldn’t be interesting.
Paris: From the afternoon religious service with the jacket to the party, without the jacket. You can see the navy jacket, also pictured above, goes with everything (pretty much). I covet the stunning navy lace dress. Imagine it at a cocktail party, a chichi restaurant, all the dress-up weddings you’ll ever be invited to for the rest of your life and, how about this — it could be a perfect second wedding dress. What do you think?
Country Chic: You’ve asked a few questions so that you can be on-message for this one. Country can be defined in myriad ways. I’ve built everything around this fantastic skirt. Because the silk camisole must be tucked into the skirt, it needs the finish of a “belt” thus the spool of green grosgrain ribbon. I have a thing for ribbons as belts.
Chic Soirée: When my daughter was little she loved “twirly skirts.” What could be prettier than a twirly skirt for big girls for dancing at the reception. The shawl covers bare shoulders during the wedding ceremony, comes off for the evening and may come back on if the evening gets chilly.
Now for some good news: Halsbrook is having a major spring sale. I’m thinking about buying the white crepe Alberta Ferretti tuxedo pants with the navy stripe. I can imagine them with a navy cashmere sweater and, of course, that navy jacket I keep talking about. . .