Being all chichi.
And dressed up to the nines.
Can I tell you a secret?
I hate the dressing up formally. I really do.
Whenever the dresscode reads as Black Tie or Formal, I go just a lighter shade of pale. And inwardly, I cringe. Oh alright, on the outside as well. There’s something about the notion of being all dolled up that really bothers me. I haven’t quite put a finger on it but I suspect it has to do with the stereotypical perception of Formal = the colour Black.
You all know how much I loathe predictability.
Silver Grey Velvet Duster (Boohoo) | Lace Bra (Poshmark) | Gym Tank (worn inside out, Firedaughter Clothing @ Etsy) | Black Capris (Herban Devi @ Etsy) | Fishnets (Halloween Spirit Store) | Swarovski Embellished Booties (Bakers) | Spiked Clutch (Betsey Johnson, thrifted) | Sunnies (Poshmark) | Lipstick (22 @ Kylie Cosmetics)
THE WORD "PREDICTABLE" OUGHT TO BE BANNED FROM THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
When I think Black Tie (or Formal), my mind immediately conjures up a room full of penguins and black blobs. The latter being black blobs of dresses. It just does. And, of course, you could pose the argument that dressing up doesn’t necessarily need to be in the colour Black, and I would concur. However, the point remains that 99.9% of the female population resorts to wearing black, in the form of a
dress gown, 3/4 of the time, when the occasion calls for something formal.
I mean, why else would the abbreviation LBD ring an instant bell?
I’ve been guilty of that myself.
So when it came to the tail-end of my capri collaboration (we’ve worn them athleisure style as well as ooh la la French Chic too) with Jodie and Eve, when the theme of Red Carpet Glam came up, I jumped at it.
Here was my chance to dress up, without wearing a dress.
Which then, naturally, led to a second conundrum.
How on earth does one make a pair of capris look worthy to strut the red carpet?
There’s a reason why capris are, in essence, regular pants cropped shorter aka for an informal silhouette. Something less “stiff upper lip” and more “after work drinks“. Isn’t that the epitome of all ironies? That I’d find myself in in the position of needing to create a more glamorous feel to an item of clothing that was created specifically in the name of casual wear?
My first instinct was to go with sequins. One of the first rules of after dark wear is, of course, bling be it in the form of jewellery or sequins. And the second? With thigh high boots. Something with leather. Eventually I ruled out both because I didn’t want to be predictable.
So, my friends, what you see before you is an outfit that came together approximately 15 minutes before my photographer Sofia came a-knocking on the door. I think it looks rather pulled together (thankfully), don’t you?
And with that, dear ladies, this is how the five of us (Jodie and her ladies, Eve, and myself) set about creating our individual, unique interpretations of how to look all glammed up and spiffy whilst wearing capris. What are your thoughts?
Eve, Teens (the world according to eve)
I love love this outfit. The casual yet absolutely irrefutable glamour attached to wearing a ruffled red top, off one’s shoulders, is playful and chic, all at the one same time. Would you believe that little red number is actually a one piece bathing suit? Way to go, boo.
Sheela, 40s (sheela writes)
Throw in spikes. Spicy red lipstick. Supernova high heels. Fishnets. And a duster cardigan worth of Darth Vader. Fait accompli.
Jodie, 50s (jodie’s touch of style)
So pretty and polished whilst remaining immensely down-to-reach and attainable. I think I’ve finally found the perfect way to describe Jodie’s style. Universally approachable with lovely nuances that keep her outfit fresh and now.
Nancy, 60s (jodie’s touch of style)
Never underestimate the power of a bared shoulder. Or two. Nor the undeniable appeal of black to channel mystique, sophistication, and, yes, glamour.
Charlotte, 70s (jodie’s touch of style)
Here is a more pared down approach to red carpet glam that no less delightful and memorable. That delicious sorbet-hued cardigan adds a perfect touch of lightness to Charlotte’s outfit.
So tell me, which of these would you wear? Or, better yet, would YOU wear capris to an official affair? Please do also join in the discussion and leave me a comment, because
many most of my posts are inspired by what you say, how you feel, your thoughts.
Happy weekend, all!!!
p/s my photos are by Sofia Touassa
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