We all have those times when we must dress outside our comfort zone. The questions I get most often address the dilemma of what to wear to a wedding, graduation, reunion, retirement, or another special event. However, putting together outfits for special occasions doesn’t have to be a stressful endeavor. Long ago, I learned a trick that might be helpful to you as well.
For the past couple of decades, I’ve invested in pieces that could be elevated as needed. When an item is simple, elegant, timeless, and suits you perfectly, it can be worn in various ways. I almost always think in terms of a cohesive wardrobe that works together. Those pieces can be purchased at a yard sale, a thrift shop, or most department stores. But vintage can be even more compelling!
For example, the lace tee I’m wearing beneath the red jacket can just as easily be worn with faded jeans and a cardigan. The jeans I am wearing are made not from denim but in a smooth fabric with a bit of sheen, making them perfect for more formal occasions.
My years-long search for a strapless bra for a fuller bust is over. This bra supports and stays in place.
I’ve worn these pointed-toe heels with jeans, a silk slip dress, and black slacks. You’ve seen that small handbag several times. Finally, the sheer hose are here.
I’ve had the earrings and domed ring for so many years I no longer remember where I got them. When I need to elevate my look, they are the pieces I often reach for.
I’ve linked to the items I am wearing, even though they may no longer be available. You may be able to find something similar or the same thing on a resale site such as eBay. These ideas and examples may help you find pieces you can use in various ways, or perhaps those items are already in your closet.
When I asked Mr. Mickey if I could take his picture for the blog, he said, “But I’m just wearing regular black socks!” He looked so elegant that a young man in his forties complimented his outfit as we left. We enjoyed another stellar meal at Gourmet and Company.
A most excellent pasta appetizer with ramp pesto. Ramps are in season now, so it is the week’s featured ingredient. We even have a festival dedicated to Ramps!
The Jilton vegetarian was excellent, as always.
The delicate Virgina flounder was delicious, also.
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