At the (supposedly) mature age of 30, it’s not often that I get all fan girl-y, but my goodness – this is one of those occasions.
Before I get all gushy, let’s pause to talk for a minute about the perfection of this outfit. This is how laid-back glamour is done! The colour is understated, but the mix of textures keeps it interesting. The casual cut of the top makes the sequins look hip and stylish, not tired and gaudy. And I love the fact that the key accessory is a belt …and a stunning one at that!
At the risk of sounding silly, I hope to someday be as kick-ass cool as this lady. Yes, she is stunning [which she apparently thinks is “bloody irrelevant” … but how much do I adore this outfit!], but she is also incredibly talented, smart and not afraid to speak her mind. Check out her speech on receiving the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at the Hollywood Reporter’s “Women in Entertainment” event here, in which she had a few words to say about being a woman today, as well as a few words for an industry that continues to “worship at the altar of the 18 to 25-year-old male and his penis.”
I don’t know about Hollywood, but I’d rather pay my respects to Helen Mirren.
No, I am not going to extol the virtues of a classic LBD today. Instead, I’m going to introduce you to my most recent acquisition, which I lovingly call my “Technicolour muumuu”.
The shocking truth is that I’ve been a little disinterested in shopping lately – maybe it’s the first-month-of-winter blues, maybe it’s the dread of Christmas shopping, but I’ve been keeping out of the stores for the most part. Shocking, I told you! So it’s possible that my instincts have been dulled a bit, because my muumuu is not something I would normally buy. Sure, it’s a print and it’s colourful, but neither the print nor the colours are really my style. It is loud and cheerful, though, which is a bonus in these grey times, and it is stretchy. If you had told me 6 months ago that this would be an important criterion in my wardrobe selection, I would have been sad; but time is marching on, and comfort is ever higher on my list of priorities.
Luckily, my muumuu is also pretty versatile. In fact, it may well fit into that most rare and useful of categories around here: the all-year-round piece. Check it out:
BCBG dress, $39 (Robes & Relics)
Growing up, I loved the story of Cinderella. You won’t be surprised to hear that my favourite part was when the fairy godmother magically materialized a fabulous gown for the plucky heroine to wear to the ball. On many an occasion since, I’ve wished for my own fairy godmother to solve my holiday party-related sartorial dilemmas. Alas, I have had to make do without. So I’ve learnt to be creative, especially on those occasions when I could not justify buying a new party frock but still wanted to feel the excitement of “the new”.
The easiest way to update an old dress is to buy new accessories. This can mean a new bag, new shoes, a new belt (of course!), a new necklace, new earrings … or all of the above! Updating works especially well when the dress you’re working with has a simple, classic shape and is a solid colour. This really lets the accessories take centre stage and change the feel and vibe of the whole outfit.
Take, for example, my plain, purple strapless dress from Jacob.
A classic way to wear it might involve adding some simple black accessories and a statement necklace.
For a quick switch-up, I can add colour – red, and lots of it.
For an edgier “rocker” look, I can go with big, bold pieces (and some “Blue Steel”).