Dressing for the December party season… or not
This time of the year most magazines and personal style blogs are full of ideas on how to dress for the inevitable holiday parties. So, I’m going to let you down big time now and say that I hardly ever attend any parties, let alone dress in festive outfits. Of course, there are lunches / dinners with friends, but these tend to be rather casual affairs, and everybody dresses for comfort more than for anything else. Therefore, I don’t own a single piece that I would characterise as ‘festive’ or ‘evening wear’…
|Dress: Baukjen (old, similar), necklace: Hirst Antiques|
On the other hand, I like to make a bit more effort on an ordinary day: add a bit of sparkle, a nice bag, a scarf… which is also perfect for a semi-casual dinner after work or at the weekend.
Take this outfit, for example: I wore this to an Independence Day (6 December) lunch at a restaurant. Independence Day is sort of a big deal in Finland, and people often invite friends and family over or book a table in a fancy restaurant. And this is one of the few occasions when most men still wear a suit. And women… black dresses / trouser suits are always the most popular option. But, as I find black both boring and unflattering for my own colouring, I decided to go with colour instead.
I have a bad habit of buying some of my favourite items in several colours: I showed you this dress a few weeks ago, in fuchsia (and the bag has made an appearance here before, too…). Maybe I’m a lazy dresser, but I think that if something looks good that’s good enough a reason to get multiples. It also saves time on those early mornings when you have to get dressed in a hurry and you have no time to wait for your poor night owl brain to wake up and get creative…
Do you prefer from-desk-to-dinner looks or special occasion dresses?
PS: Dilettante Artist has her own blog now, The Dilettante Artist’s Gallery, where I will be posting (very infrequently) random pictures: illustration, photomanipulation, that sort of thing. And there is a pretty, new widget on the sidebar to take you there…
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