I sometimes find “casual” dress more confounding than “formal” — particularly when I am told to dress casually for an event that has some formal associations like a holiday dinner, a fundraiser, or anything involving a religious officiant.
Working on the theory that it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed, here is my no-fail formula for such occasions when your host tells you that you can wear jeans but your heart tells you that you can’t.
Wear a nice sweater and knit trousers. Or, a nice sweater and interesting canvas pants.
What is a “nice sweater”? It’s sort of like a Sweater of Substance — which was the subject of lengthy exposition in late 2017 and early 2018. If you missed those posts, there is no time like today to catch up: Part I, Part II, and Part III.
Good grief! I wrote four posts on this subject: Part IV.
You will also need an interesting bag.
You’ve seen this sweater before, but not like this.
That is a huge fib. It looked a lot like this first time around. But I have added a narrow belt, which I think adds a little chic.
I like this sweater even more now than I did when I bought it. It’s turned out to be very useful.
I also like it better with the belt than without.
There is a small chance that I could be mistaken for a religious officiant in this sweater.
Bonus: More Philo. Please ignore the detritus on the ground. We are not slobs.* You are seeing a combination of his toys and things we moved out of the way while taking photos in the dining room.
Sweater: J.W. Anderson from YOOX; Pants: Ann Taylor; Shoes: Taryn Rose; Bag: Sophie Hulme Bolt bag
* That is a small fib.