How do we do this?
How do we transform our day look into an evening one without too much fuss? Since fashion rules are pretty much what we make up ourselves I believe in wearing what we want where we want. If I feel like getting dressed up for a day at VAHQ, which is in my home, then I do and I often wear my favourite LBD with a casual pair of shoes/sneakers and a blazer. This same dress could have taken a twirl the night before somewhere far more glamorous.
But I sometimes forget and get stuck in the “that’s for the day and that’s for the night” way of thinking.
Wearing velvet and lace or silks and sequins are no longer limited to the evening. It’s simply a question of dressing down or dressing up, depending on the hour of the day. Too often our classic and more formal dresses sit unloved in our wardrobes waiting patiently for the right occasion. Forget that; beautiful fashion is to be worn, to adorn and to be shown off. I am tired of “saving for later” – no way, not anymore.
I am going to re-purpose my best; open the doors of the long forgotten corner wardrobe and play down my dressed up.
How do we do it?
Want to. We have to re-think how we can wear our pieces and make them more flexible for more events. Why does a little cocktail number have to be worn at night? They don’t and it is up to us to creatively navigate our wardrobes.
Be creative. A new dress for a special night out doesn’t mean it is a one time wearing or cannot see the light of day again. I am guilty of this with a mindset locked into fashion inflexibility. Not any longer, my attitude is changing.
Accessorise around the clock. Swap the shoes, change the earrings and add a blazer over the top; reverse for an evening out. A pair of chandelier style earrings and a pretty shoe can elevate an outfit to new levels.
Note to self: Don’t be afraid to mix wardrobe essentials and remember to pair the tailored with the pretty.
From desk to dinner?
Time so often runs out and I find myself never having enough. My “what to wear” planning starts out strong but invariably fails because I lack the puff at the end of the day to pull it off. Rather than start afresh, when I’m weary and creatively challenged after 5, starting strong with the majority of the outfit in place means a quick getaway and more time to relax and unwind. Rather than having to rethink the whole outfit, switching up my shoes, bags and accessories is the answer.
I’m getting more wear out of my best and I’m stressing less about wearing more. Winning.
My last trick in the dash from “desk to dinner” is red lipstick. Always.
I’m putting together some ideas from Nordstrom, they are the best when it comes to having it all. Wear the fabulous dress with the classic button-up blazer; let’s swap our sneakers for some pretty mules when the sun goes down. Add some bling and some colourful accessories to our most classic dress and watch it switch mood.
Party season is seconds away and we have no time to waste ;) xv
From “Desk To Dinner”
top it off
running late for a dinner date
don’t dally, dingle dangle
Thank you Nordstrom for partnering with, “From Desk To Dinner”.
images, mario testino, guy aroch, craig mcdean, sebastian kim, mariano vivanco, regan cameron