As little girls, we dreamt of princess gowns and attending the ball. In reality, our dressing-up needs are more diverse. This is when you should be wearing out-of-the-ordinary pieces, taking risks (within reason), and letting your spirit shine through. It's an outfit you can wear with confidence. When you are dressed up, you want to be yourself or a better version of yourself. The perfect outfit allows your personality & beauty to shine through.
This season it is all about texture & detail, black pieces that shimmer with tactile beading, embroidery and whimsical touches. Your shapes should be simple and almost architectural so the focus is on the details. We love this black beaded top with feathers by Teri Jon, $488.00 available at One Brilliant.
Choose a piece like this for an instant special-occasion feel. Maria paired it with a simple pencil skirt. You can also pair it with a slim or wide leg pant. The focus is on your top, so a simple cuff or ring is all you need to complete the look.
If you want to garner lots of attention, go ahead and wear something that really stands out, but make sure it's polished & not to over-the-top. We just love this dramatic black floor length mermaid skirt by Teri Jon. This skirt is both flattering & fun. $348 available at One Brilliant.
Experimenting is encouraged, that's why we loved pairing this skirt with a white shirt and black Walter Baker Lewis Faux-Leather jacket $198.00 available at one brilliant.
When wearing your basic or favorite LBD, give it a personal touch, a funky brooch, a colorful scarf or a big necklace, to make it uniquely yours.
Find an outfit that fits well. Don't go to tight so you'll looked stuffed, but don't go to loose that your figure gets lost.
Respect the suggested dress code of the evening, but don't feel obliged to abide by it. Wear long to cocktails or short to a formal event, but style it in a way so you don't feel over or under dressed.
No matter what you wear, go with it and forget about it at the door. Being self-conscious and worrying about your look will detract from the fun you should be having.
Suzanne Mauro, AICI