December 17th, 2012

Pick up the pieces

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.

Not to be worn together, let one piece take center stage: Roberto Cavalli pants; Nina Ricci lace top; Stella McCartney lace pants; Marni embellished skirt; Isabel Marant brocade jacket.


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High Kingdom Everyday checked blazer


Fringed-edge tweed dress


Addilyn slit-hem silk crepe de Chine blouse


Leather-trimmed checked trench coat


Ruffle-trimmed neck cotton blouse


Woodland Everyday wool blazer


Ruffle-trimmed neck cotton blouse


Katie suede sock bootie


Belted wool coat


loulou leather over-the-knee boots


Suede Crooked-Heel ankle boot


Everyday tote small leather bag

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  • So true. If I’m going out in the evening, I never wear a dress. Haven’t done so for years. Love that jacket!

    That's Not My AgeDecember 17th, 2012  4:51 AM

  • The only time I seem to wear a dress is to a wedding, or some other very special event. Get much more wear out of some great jacket, with jeans, for dinners out. Love the IM brocade.

    kathyDecember 17th, 2012  10:37 AM

  • I agree that separates paired together showcase individual style better than a dress. Desses are good for business, like a suit, where professionalism and authority need to be conveyed. Separates for “off duty” life is an outlet for creativity.

    AprilDecember 17th, 2012  11:00 AM

  • Great Post! Attending a wedding this summer and was contemplating whether to wear a dress I already have, or buy a new dress, neither excited me. You’ve inspired and excited me to think beyond the dress! A fancy skirt with my tux jacket and a tee will be perfect, Allowing me to be unique and comfortable.

    TanishaDecember 17th, 2012  10:43 PM


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