Getting dressed for a special summer occasion can be a challenge for those of us who are not into showing a lot of skin. I wasn’t comfortable in a slinky cocktail dress in my forties, so I certainly am not going to wear one now.
I almost always start my evening looks with the tank and basic pants from the crepe collection on my site here. These pieces are very lightweight and breathable. I currently offer most of these items in black and brown, but I will soon have select pieces in navy also. Another great thing about this fabric is that it stands away from your body while flowing across it instead of clinging to everything you don’t want to show off. Made in the USA. Cold water wash and hang to dry. The pieces are included in every bag I pack to go away for the weekend because they can be dressed up or down and they travel beautifully.
Add a lightweight jacket or kimono (here) with sheer or mesh material in a similar color and a few bright silver accessories and I am ready. I want to feel confident, comfortable and appropriate for every occasion so I stay true to myself. I wear a little more dramatic makeup in the evening, but I use a lighter hand in the summer.
I resist the temptation to add lots of rhinestone accessories. A general rule is, the more attention-grabbing the pieces are, the fewer I wear. One bold statement necklace may stand alone, but the pieces I am wearing here are all medium to small in scale, so there are more of them than usual. I never wear more than one ring per hand.
I still wear heels in the evening, but they are now my “limousine shoes.” That means I get out of the car and walk into the restaurant and sit down. If this were going to be an event where I would be walking in grass, standing a lot or dancing, I would wear a low wedge, block heel or flat dressy strappy sandals.
The jacket I am wearing here was purchased from ShopMyFairLady.com last year. It is by Damee NYC. The silver clutch is old from T.J.Maxx. The shoes are a couple of years old by Nina.