Let’s walk through the Taxonomy of Dress, starting at the bottom:
1. Clothes: clothing worn when you can’t think of what to wear
2. Outfit: clothing selected and coordinated with purpose
3. Ensemble: clothing selected and coordinated with a higher degree of skill; all parts relate to one another and the whole
4. Get-up: clothing worn when you (a) must indulge a vision (or impulse) and (b) don’t care what anyone thinks
5. Costume: clothing worn when you are trying to be someone other than yourself, hopefully for celebratory or theatrical purposes
If you are like me, most days, you’re aiming for an Ensemble, but satisfied with an Outfit. That still leaves the other days . . .
This is one of my more unconventional get-ups.
The dress is a combination of taffeta and tweed. I love the mixed fabrics and something about the piping around the faux wrap skirt reminds me of a loom kit (for making potholders) that I played with, quite happily, as a child. And, it’s lined with a beautiful lavender, iridescent fabric. But, it’s very short, I think you must agree, even for a mini-dress. So this “dress” is only suitable for work when worn over pants. Not for court, not for clients.
Should I try to tone the whole thing down with accessories?
Non. In for a penny, in for a pound. This occasion calls for the patent leather.
But if you think the teal bag moves this get-up into the territory of a costume . . . a yellow bag is less (a little less) conspicuous.
In a later post, beware when Auntie Mame Returns.
Dress: Carven; Pants: JCrew; Shoes: Bloch; Teal Bag: Rafe NY; Yellow Bag: Car Shoe; Necklace and Pendant: David Yurman Figaro Chain Necklace (with pearls) and Smoky Quartz Enhancer