Greetings Fashion Mavens,
I have a reader request to share with you all from my girl Ebony:
One of my best friends is getting married soon and for her special pre-celebration we are having a full day of activities. Its on a Saturday and includes a daytime lingerie shower. Then we are carpooling for a short road trip and doing dinner, bar hopping, and a club. THEN back to the hotel for a strip show. Yeah, a lot!
For the shower, I'm going to be moving and doing a lot to set up and clean up so too many layers will be restricting I think. I want to be comfortable for the drive to DC. For dinner, bar hopping, club - I'm at a loss. I want to be versatile and just be able to switch my shoes and maybe an accessory or two. I also want to be non-fussy so that I can move about easily.
Okay......wow! This is going to be a super fun event(s). Foremost, thank you so much for being so thorough with your request, it really helps. Secondly, due to the number of events taking place, I'm going to post style suggestions over several posts (hence the Part I in the title). So let's get started with the first event......the shower!
1. Denim and Pleats
Current Elliott denim top, $182
Jil Sander poplin skirt, $880
ALDO leather wedge, $88
Tote hand bag, $96
Gwyneth cuff jewelry, $92
Spike jewelry, $24
House of Harlow 1960 stackable jewelry, $70
Diane von Fürstenberg loop belt, $102
ROBERT INDIANA LOVE Paper Weight, €90
cadence headband by Petit Plume, $23
Trading Phrases Inspirational | Inspirational Wall Words |..., $65
*The softly pleated skirt is very flattering. In addition, it allows you to move seamlessly during the shower. The denim top is a great contrast to the soft fabric and the leopard flats add a stylish and modern flair. However, if you want to go with a slightly dressier style, switch the flats to platform pumps and incorporate a chiffon blouse.
2. Wide Leg Trousers
CHICHIALONDON turquoise dress, $198
A L C striped tank, £56
Jason Wu long pants, $322
Alexander McQueen black wedge shoes, $543
ASOS leather clutch handbag, $107
DKNY hoop earrings, £55
Dorothy Perkins snake belt, $9
Ambre Gris, €48
PVC sliding window - luhaitian (China Manufacturer) - Plastic Window -...
*I love a good pair of wide leg trousers. Not only are they "polished", they also are perfect to wear to most functions. Adding a fun print such as "stripes, florals, or polka dots" will keep this look on trend. Now I know you requested flats, however, don't forget that the majority of wedges add lift.....not pain.
3. Romper and Oxfords
J Crew crew neck top, $178
Miss Selfridge green romper, $61
Perforated shoes, $45
Tote hand bag, £295
Dannijo silver plated jewelry, $370
Miss Selfridge gold tone jewelry, $16
MICHAEL Michael Kors yellow gold jewelry, $250
Floral jewelry, $23
Dorothy Perkins thin belt, $9
Lancome Juicy Tubes - Toffee Pop, $18
Yves Saint Laurent Faux Cils Shocking Volume Effect Mascara, $30
solid wooden window - LuHaiTian (China Manufacturer) - Other Windows -...
*Out of the sets I put together, the above is the most casual and nondescript. However, the right color choice and statement jewelry will really add pizzazz and usher in your inner style diva ;-) I think I can really envision the romper in a soft fabric that will create a classy look.
4. Colored Denim
T by Alexander Wang cross shirt, €54
Blue skinny jeans, $50
Theyskens theory strappy wedge, £118
Alexander Wang hobo shoulder bag, €878
Silver jewelry, 85 SEK
LowLuv double finger ring, $69
Chunky jewelry, $32
Silver earrings, $24
Keston Long Lash Mascara, £9.50
Judith Leiber Night Eau de Parfum Spray, 1.3 oz., $115
Fluxus Burnout Pocket Tee in Blue, $45
*I think selecting a white top to wear with colored denim enhances the bright hue of the fabric. However, if white is not your thing.....try a heather gray. The neutral color is light and doesn't take anything away from the bright colors. If you can find one, rock a uniquely shaped top like the one above, and add a chunky necklace. Remember, those wedge heels with a platform make you feel like you're walking flat on the ground ;-) Don't be scurred, lol.
5. Maxi Dress
Mossimo® Womens Kimono Sleeve Maxi Dress - Assor... : Target, $25
Paul Joe ballet flat, $175
Valentino leopard print clutch, $2,545
Maison Martin Margiela brass ring, £299
Jenny Bird gold earrings, $90
Dorothy Perkins skinny belt, $9
*I know what you're thinking. A maxi dress? Well yes! You want comfort...check. You want to be able to move easily....check. And last but not least, you want a garment that you can easily dress up or down....check. You can find a really affordable maxi, and then take it to the next level with a patterned, vintage belt or sash, funky jewelry, and whimsical shoes. I always insist on defining the waist with a belt/sash to give you a svelte look.
6. Classy Jumpsuit
Miss Selfridge jumpsuits and romper, $80
Flat shoes, $150
Fendi bag, £1,319
Yves Saint Laurent gold plated jewelry, £510
House of Harlow 1960 wrap ring, $39
Etro spiked necklace, £425
Antik Batik leather waist belt, $70
Lancôme 'Juicy Tubes Smoothie' Ultra Shiny Lip Gloss, $18
*Here's another article of clothing that provides comfort and versatility...the jumpsuit. I believe the only way to rock this is by adding statement accessories. Either that, or choose a bold print and keep the accessories minimal.
Okay Ebony....thus ends round one of your request. I gave you several sets just in case I included something you already have in your closet. With that being said, I hope I narrowed down your choices and gave you some things to try out. I'll have part II's post up in a couple of days.