As far as I know, most ladies love a fancy night out on their calendar. It’s a special night, maybe you’re bringing a date who is not your mother, and maybe you want to take the time to feel more glam than normal. It’s a fun, and fabulous occasion to channel whatever Sex and the City character you identify with for 24 hours. For all of those reasons, I totally get why you would want to shell out some of your well-earned money to feel amazing for a social soiree.
But I’ve got a little challenge for you: the next time something special comes up on your calendar, shop your closet first to see if there’s not an item already in there that you can Cinderella into something more glamorous. (yes, I just used Cinderella as a verb, she’s a Disney Princess after all) See it as a sartorial challenge if you will.
If you make a purchase with only one intended use in mind, it might end up like closet roadkill. ie; the poor pieces in the back of your wardrobe or on the floor that get completely neglected once they’ve served their purpose. Kudos if you consign or donate that piece afterwards, but what if you had never bought it in the first place, reducing your consumption of fashion just a teeny bit?
I would never offer up a challenge without a little bit of advice to get you started, so here are a couple of tips for a closet that you can count on for a chic evening – a creative alternative to making a potentially wasteful purchase that doesn’t give you the kind of joy a glass slipper really should.
1 – Invest in a few key fancy separates (skirts are useful here) – a long lace number, a fun party or ball gown skirt, or a tulle skirt are all workhorses that you can reimagine again and again. Because they are only one half of an outfit, other elements (like tops, accessories and hair) can make a drastic difference in changing your look entirely.
2 – Layer your floor-length – We typically have a maxi or a jumpsuit in our closet that we wore for a fancy wedding or event and haven’t worn since. Throwing a chic turtleneck underneath or a gamine sweater or button-down overtop can bring new life to those pieces. Don’t forget about changing up accessories too!
3 – Borrow from the boys – If you work in an office, chances are you’ve got a great pair of black slacks, a blazer, or a suit in your closet. If you’ve got a suit – you’re in luck; why not wear it with a sexy cami, some killer heels and sparkly accessories? Otherwise, throw that blazer overtop of a maxi dress or fancy skirt and belt it for an androgynous but killer look. Small styling touches will make a big difference here – roll up your sleeves and cuff your pants to keep it office inappropriate.
pants: Club Monaco (approx 7 yrs old, but these are great) // cami: Aritzia, old, but I love this one // Shoes: Christian Louboutin, old but I love these // blazer: So old it’s by Teenflo which is now Judith & Charles – here’s a great blazer from them) // Clutch: Satchel // Earrings: Dona Hortensia in Madeira, Portugal // tassel necklace: HBC
With holiday party season approaching, now is a great time to give shopping your closet a whirl, and if you have questions – send me a note! I’d love to hear from you.