Occasionally, my friends have sought my opinion on matters of style, knowing that, though not any kind of expert in such matters, I am always interested. I like to think that my opinion has been, at least on occasion, useful. And, if not useful, then at least entertaining. When I recently helped a dear friend with a sartorial question, I decided that it might be equally useful and/or entertaining for the readers of this blog to partake of the “fashion huddle”. Thus – an “agony aunt” column is born.
To start things off, here is the question that my friend had. I’m paraphrasing our phone conversation, which went something like this:
“I’m going to a stagette on the weekend, and I need to figure out what to wear. It’s not just any old stagette. It has a cowgirl theme. A sexy cowgirl theme. Yeah, I have no idea how people come up with these themes either. So, what do I wear? I liked what I wore to your stagette, but how can I make it work with the theme of this one?”
To refresh your memory, here is the dress she had in mind:
Let me begin by saying that my friend is not really the cowgirl type – and her closet reflects that. Given what I knew she had to work with, I think the dress was a good starting point. Although it’s not easily discernible from the picture, the dress has detailing around the neckline that gives it a “prairie” vibe — close enough to “cowgirl” for her purposes. Belted, it’s a very flattering look on my friend. I suggested switching up the belt and shoes for a more on-theme look. My pick: a brown, braided belt, along with brown open-toe shoes (a wedge would be fantastic). For the finishing touch, I recommended turquoise accents; set in silver, turquoise has that Santa Fe feel, which might pass for dressed-up cowgirl. I like doubling-up on accessories, although never in close proximity. So, in this case, I would go with either some turquoise earrings and a bracelet, or a turquoise necklace and a chunky ring. [I wouldn’t do earrings/necklace, or bracelet/ring because it’s a much trickier look to pull off. If the accessories are not in the right proportion to each other and/or the same colour, then it throws everything off.]
Navy and brown pair well together, and paired with turquoise they hint at “cowgirl” without beating one over the head with it. White would also be a good colour for this type of theme. As an aside, I did not recommend cowboy (girl) boots for my friend because, though undoubtedly suitable, they’re an investment that would not pay off for her – it’s not like she’s going to wear them regularly. Buying new accessories, like a belt, is a much more cost-effective way to deal with “special occasion” style dilemmas.
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