This weekend the WSJ’s Off Duty section ran an article on holiday dressing that got me re-thinking my approach to evening-wear. The basic premise, that a special piece, i.e. a stand-out pant, blouse, jacket or skirt, is the new anchor item for an outfit. What’s missing? The dress. These past few years I have been singularly focused on dresses. They are so easy– you just add accessories and go. But this season the dress is back-burnered. Glamorous pants or a spectacular top ( blouse, tunic, jacket, etc) are in the spotlight.
The article’s other point, that an evening outfit should be a mix of pieces, some fancy and some not, is also really good. I used to have a gold Dolce & Gabbana pencil skirt that I paired with a T-shirt and heels. It was the perfect high-low evening look that may deserve a revisit.
Building an outfit around a fabulous top or pant may require a little more thought, but perhaps, that is what makes the look modern. After all, it’s often the smallest details, and how the pieces are put together, that defines one’s personal style. And personal style is the ultimate goal.Isabel Marant, Love This, Nina Ricci, Roberto Cavalli
Intreciatto leather slides
Double-breasted wool twill blazer
Theo raw-edge cowboy ankle boot
Gold-tone clip earrings
Layered denim peplum jacket
Courier cotton shirt
Thais oven raffia and leather skides
Two-Toned Sac 1
Robin silk-satin shirt
Pascalare 70mm boot black suede
Merida cropped cotton-blend twill wide-leg pants