When looking at an invitation that reads "Festive Attire", there's a difference between a luau and a friend's big 4-0 party at a club. For the latter, think something sparkly and youthful:
Prada shoes you can wear everyday for the rest of the summer---and it also comes in silver, black and orange. What's not to love??
Whether it's for budget reasons, a less-is-more mindset, or a weariness from having too many choices, sometimes it's easier to have just one perfect thing you can reach for again and again.
My "perfect thing" items all have the following things in common:
1. The item fits perfectly. Today. Not when I lose five pounds, or after I get it altered.
2. I feel comfortable wearing it. I don't feel self-conscious, or that I'm trying too hard---this item expresses my personality.
3. The item is of high quality. This has to do with fabric, cut and workmanship, rather than the price tag.
4. The item is appropriate. Wearing something on the weekend is easy. The majority of my wardrobe challenges have to do with evening or social events. So while I may have a pencil skirt that fits all of the above criteria, if it's made of blue denim, it wouldn't be appropriate everywhere.
For the next week, I thought I'd take an item that is relatively easy to find---the black skirt---and show how it can solve a lot of wardrobe dilemmas. The J Crew skirt I've shown here, may not be perfect for everyone, but it's a year-round, slimming pencil skirt in an above the knee length that's flattering. With a skirt like this, you can tackle any of the dress codes thrown your way, startng with the one that appears on 90% of any evening invitation: Cocktail Attire.
What are boyfriend jeans, anyway? Are they just jeans that are too big, with the cuffs rolled up? Well...no, although 'repurposing' jeans from your husband or boyfriend is certainly a good way to extend your wardrobe. Boyfriend jeans are supposed to be big in the waist and thighs, but fit across the hips. The crotch to waist area can also be a little longer than normal, so the overall effect is "loose" but still feminine.
That was how the original ones from Current Elliot were designed but now it seems that boyfriend jeans are anything distressed and rolled up. If you can find a pair that fit you the way they were supposed to, they will quickly become an indispensable weekend pant. Roomy, comforting and deliberately old-looking, they are the jeans equivalent of an oversized college sweatshirt.