There are occasions where you want to appear all ‘formal’ – such as when you’re attending a fancy pants event – and occasions where, really, the most formal you want to appear is extremely informal, because heavens, there’s dog walking and cleaning and adventures to be had, and who wants to don a ball gown for any of THAT?! (Actually, I kind of do, but seeing as this admission is detrimental to my overall point, I won’t continue it! For now.)
So what do we actually do once we’ve cultivated the garb necessary for more formal or fancy pants events and shimmied about in it? Return it to our wardrobes, only for it to hang there languidly for another twelve months, desperately hoping for another similar opportunity where it can be temporarily whisked out and show-ponied around the city, only to be placed back in its original place hours later? NO! That’s prime wardrobe real estate that that bridesmaid’s dress is hogging, and in order to keep its turf, it has to work a lot harder than that! But how? It’s all much simpler than it seems: with a clever accessory or two to transform it from nighttime-only to day-friendly!
Peachy coloured dress! Remember me? You should do, because we had quite the fling in a Paddington boutique once upon a time, didn’t we?! Oh, yes. It’s all coming back now, isn’t it? With your $20 price tag we immediately bonded, but it was your “reduced from $300” tag that truly sealed the deal! “What an AMAZING bargain!” I thought. “Goodness, what a savvy purchase THAT was! I can’t wait to wear it to a dinner or something!” Of course, when a dinner or more formal occasion rears its head, I don’t want to wear peachy coloured dresses – I want to wear the sequin-filled, 80’s-esque extravaganzas that I’ve accumulated and have been itching to wear in the meantime, and so little peachy coloured dress has never quite made its special guest appearance out on the town – until Saturday that it, is! I introduced her to a pair of beaten up boots, stockings and a cardigan, and suddenly she had a whole new lease on life. Ta-dah!
A shiny, metallic red frock complete with a layer of tulle underneath? Yes! A shoddy photograph? Um, yes, it’s that too. Sorry about that.
I purchased this dress approximately four years ago with the intention of wearing it to a Christmas party, except that I never actually did, and it’s been waiting impatiently for me ever since.
But, for no longer! I wore it to the supermarket yesterday paired with a long-sleeved casual t-shirt and it was a concoction that didn’t even rouse ONE suspicious/dubious look! And if that’s not the test of a ‘safe’ everyday outfit, then I don’t know what is.
This muted yellow number is a rather fun item for a party, but a one-trick closet pony simply just won’t do! And ooh, does my face say it all: “oh, so you think you can just rest on your laurels, Review dress? HA! Have I got news for you!”
And the news was this: just look at the difference that a beanie and over-sized cardigan can make! Why, I could button that baby up and nobody would know that I was wearing a chiffon gown underneath it! It’s officially earned its residence.
Call them into your bedroom for a ‘meeting’: how productive have your dressier items been over the years? Do they deserve to be claiming as much space as they do, and if so, are they working as hard as they could be?