I’d like to discuss the value of over-the-top clothing. At least in measured doses. You see, even those of us who favor Quiet Dressing bloom in adventure. Sometimes quite literally.
Recently, I won a pair of Wolford tights in a giveaway over at That’s Not My Age. I love Wolford tights, they fit well and last forever. I have a black pair, seen here, bought to wear with everything. and some purple ones, seen here, bought thanks to middle-aged eyes and fluorescent lighting.
So, offered carte blanche, what to choose?
Not just any lace. No demure small-figured pattern this time. Nope. Very big nigh-on vulgar swirls. The “Victorienne.”
I’m wearing them here with my Narciso Rodriguez dress from 2009 and Isabel Marant black suede Dickers, on a date with Significant Husband. We had dinner at a Michelin two-star restaurant, COI, as a wedding present from my former team. It was delicious. As I said, they are a great group.
Why not more standard sheer black? This is what style exploration looks like. When I was working, I got a small daily Artsy Cousin fix with Anniel oxfords, Hello Kitty necklaces, etc. In that mode, I was happy to go full Grande Dame when I dressed up. Now that I am home, and Sturdy much of the time, I find myself sneaking a little Artsy into my nights out.
And throwing a camel Max Mara coat over the whole thing when the temperatures drop.
Fooling around with blur and glare, as is common when beginners play at artistic. Experimentation everywhere.
I’ve not yet got it right. That outfit could have used either knee-high boots, so the tights peeked out more subtly, or a larger necklace, to balance the expanse of fishnet and fol-de-rol. I might have worn black Louboutins, except displaying the arch of my foot in lace felt too risque. I know, chalk it up to the voice of my great-aunt.
However, I have found that rarely do policeman arrest you on the street for imperfect clothing.
For those of you who wonder how to put together a wardrobe, or how to evolve your personal style, this is key. As Sally recently wrote on Already Pretty, some of us come late to style. Our journey requires us to gallivant. You may find that tights make an inexpensive, high-impact, all-terrain vehicle of choice.
Narciso Rodriguez| similar
Max Mara coat| similar at Matches (and gorgeous)
Wolford Victorienne| Bloomingdale’s
Isabel Marant “Dickers”| Barney’s
Drugstore reading glasses with rectangular frame| similar
Coach bucket bag| similar