Sequins for breakfast?
Evening wear sees light of day?
Not too long ago, making a public appearance (during the day) wearing anything remotely bedazzled or sequinned would instantly have attracted upwardly inching eyebrows and scanning eyes. At the time, such an after-eight ensemble would do naught but telegraph the words, “walk of shame”, I’d wager. Insert amused snort. Not that we haven’t actually been there and done that (shhhh, we know who we are) but in this case, it’s merely an instance of attaining the highest levels of chicdom (ahem) by turning cocktail attire into daywear.
Yes, there’s a certain sense of bravado in venturing into broad daylight in pieces that run the gamut from bugle-beaded chiffon to metallic brocades (work-from-home advocate judgments be damned). Both the ladies who lunch and launch are now doing so in plumes and paillettes, with nary a hint of shame, remorse, or awkwardness. Tempered, even, with more than a touch of rebellion.
AS IT SHOULD RIGHTLY BE
Indeed, putting evening pieces into day mode is a somewhat mind-boggling adventure, to say the least, but in this day and time, when the rule of fashion is simply that there are no rules (and don’t let anyone tell you differently), it boils down to getting as much mileage out of one’s wardrobe as one possibly can.
C’mon, ‘fess up.
Aren’t you as tired as I am to see those evening wear pieces languishing at the back of the racks? In the back of every woman’s wardrobe, there lies an evening dress (or three), a pair of superb wide-legged pants in a positively decadent print, and/or an ultra-sophisticated jacket in an over-the-top plush fabric. All of which shimmy and shine. And have grown weary of waiting for that all too rare special occasion in which they might come out and play. It’s a right shame, it is, begrudging these exquisite confections their time in the sun (all puns fully intended). Particularly as it’s truly possible to give these garments a completely different identity by pairing them in unexpected ways.
Plus, there’s the irrefutable fact that a spangled piece is a true closet must-have.
The key to mastering evening looks around the clock is a studied juxtaposition. To cut through all that glamour with some downtown edge. Transpose the glitz factor up or down, and opulence takes on a whole new personality. It’s literally all in your hands. Or, alternatively, go for gold. The more glam, the better. I’ve been saying that there’s no such thing as rules in fashion for the longest. Today, I want to revise that and say, “Fashion now is not about rules. It’s about personal style. And personal style, regardless of age, is all about breaking rules.”
IT'S QUITE APPROPRIATE TO BE INAPPROPRIATE
This night-to-day migration isn’t completely new. Runways have been parading razzle dazzle meets high street for quite some time now. For instance, a tie-dye tee under a bodycon LBD (nothing says evening more than an LBD). Or pair your sequinned number with kicks, hoodie and cap. See, you can still be fashionable and stylish and break rules, and still be taken seriously as an intelligent, confident, competent professional woman.
SOMETHING MY FAB 40S LADIES KNOW ALL TOO WELL
Ann is the queen of super fun, I swear. Her entire disposition is pure fun. And her looks are always, yes, fun. She doesn’t take clothes too seriously, which makes for the most awesome outfits. Here she is, doing sequin on sequin like a pro. Complete with crossbody and sandals.
Trust this woman to pair denim with glitz, and look utterly killer. I’m sure you know Diane, which means you also know how much I admire her for just about everything. Today it’s those sneakers. Can you see that they’re silver?????
Are you loving Jennie’s look as much as I am? That tank top. Those shoes. I’m quite infatuated with the latter and I’m not even a fan of anything less than 5″. And that red hair is tugging at my heartstrings like nothing I can describe.
Can I say I adore what Mary’s wearing? From glam oversized sunnies to clog heels to sequinned skirt to everything in between. Literally. Taken apart, every single aspect of her outfit makes a statement on its own, and yet, works so harmoniously together.
Sam is the mastermind behind this month’s theme and she did not fail to kick ass with her look. I mean, it’s a polka dot satin dress with a striped tee shirt over it. Evening melds seamlessly into day, and print mix mastery, hello.
And now, drum rolls, please meet our guest blogger, Vale of Fashion & Cookies. I’ve long admired not just her colourful wardrobe, but (and perhaps more so) her ability to mix different fabrics, textures together, to create a look that’s uniquely Vale. Plus we share a love for loud, high heeled shoes so, yeah, sister!!!
And tadah. Me. In Sequined Joggers. With a rock n roll tee (love the words on it) that makes me feel like Blondie.
GO BE FANCY
p/s my photos by Eve
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