Friday, November 29, 2013
Sparkly Festive, Thrifted . . . Holiday Dressing #1
As promised, Holiday Sparkly Outfits just for you. I began by thinking I'd jam all into one post, but then realized I could spin out the fun -- this is the first of at least Three Sparkly Festive Posts. Every one is designed to suit a Casual Party or Casual Glamour or whatever label applies to something you can wear when they decorate the Faculty Lounge with fairy lights and tinsel banners and hors d'oeuvres are served from 4:00 onward. Or when you're heading from one late-afternoon open house to another. Or having a few friends over for drinks to toast the season at the end of a week. Or . . . well, you know. . . All these garments can do double duty long after the season is over, depending how they're styled and accessorized. Which is more than you can say for that bronze metallic sheath or the red chiffon fit-and-flare, scoop-neck dress, gorgeous though those may be. . .
The closure at the front is very neat, tiny hooks and eyes that fasten securely every two inches with perhaps 1/16 inch peek-a-boo. I'll be wearing it closed, as a pullover, perhaps with a cami underneath, perhaps daring only a bra. . .
It looks great over dark denim jeans with black Repettos OR with a black patent heel, such as these FranceMode I just bought as my holiday festive shoe.
And I love it with these silk brocade pants that I snagged on sale at J. Crew 5 or 6 weeks ago. I was a bit afraid of the pattern at first, but its allover geometric reads as muted. The pants are Cafe Capris, a very wearable style.
In fact, I think I'll probably wear this simple combo to the opera Saturday night, although I'm still deliberating about the black patent heel which might be one texture too much. . . .It did seem to work when I tried them all on this morning (no pics, sorry), but we'll see. . .
Next post, I plan to show you what a different look I get from the pants when I pair them with a navy merino sweater and a chunky necklace, a modulation of the festive, quite credible for daytime wear.
Sequins? Cashmere? Party pants? Shiny patent? New or Thrifted? Vintage or Latest Trend? What sparkles your wardrobe this tinselly time of year?