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A Little Dressed Up

 
I wonder about the lives of people who attend lots of formal events. I don’t even own a gown . . . unless my wedding dress counts? The dressiest my lifestyle calls for is a shiny knee-length dress.

 
 
I do, periodically, need to be a little dressed up. Fancier than business dress, but not formal. For such purposes, I like the idea of tuxedo dressing — but I think that works best on someone taller and leaner than me.
 
That didn’t stop me from acquiring a pair of tuxedo stripe pants last winter.
To be a little dressy

To be a little dressy


The eye is not fooled; this time, it really is satin

The eye is not fooled; this time, it really is satin

 
 
On the one hand, the pants were unnecessary because I already have a pair of black, cropped wool trousers.
 
On the other hand: satin stripe!

top

Who takes this satin stripe? I do

 
 
 
Having established that I cannot pull off the full tuxedo look — think Lauren Bacall — I have reached for my preferred silhouette: sleeveless, defined waist, peplum.

 
 
For dressy purposes, I am wearing a top made of chiffon (dressy) and satin (synthetic) fabric. The satin is cut in irregular pieces and then top-stitched together.
pieces

The Directrice reverts to type


 
 
If you look closely, you can see a hint of white on the raw edges.
the craft!

Let it never be said that I am not seeking some element of novelty


Back

If I had an intern, I am sure she would have made sure that the straps were laying absolutely flat, which The Photographer and I did not do

 
 
And now a view of the back, which I think is very pretty.
 
Rightly or wrongly, I wore a coffee colored regular bra (the color of coffee ice cream) under this top after deciding that black bras were more noticeable. In low light (evening!) I think this works. In bright daylight, what would work best? The question is rhetorical because this is not a daytime ensemble.

Have a fantastic weekend!
 
Top: 3.1 Phillip Lim; Pants: JCrew; Shoes: Lazio Collezione; Baroque pearl necklace: Samira 13; Diamond pendant: Grammy Esther*
 
* Grammy Esther is my grandmother, not a brand. This necklace was hers.

14 thoughts on “A Little Dressed Up

  1. Great outfit! The sheer fabric at the neckline looks lovely, and I love the two necklaces worn together. Have a good time!

  2. I love this outfit, it really is a perfect way to get a little dressed up. I did not even notice the bra strap until you mentioned it.

  3. So perfect for you! Sometimes reverting to type is the right thing to do. Do you have in mind any links to someone successfully pulling off the full-tuxedo look who’s not also a movie star?

  4. You do wear that well and the total look is classic. Fun to see you ready for a party and to sport your evening look. Party on, pretty girl. Kate

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