the week of neutrals is coming to an end. tuesday kicked off with neutrals in action weekend style. yesterday we took a look at neutrals in action for the workplace. today, it’s all about neutrals in action for special occasions, especially weddings. many emails land in my inbox asking what to wear to a wedding? today’s post answers that question. this isn’t a specific post about the mothers of the bride or groom. instead, we’re taking a look at a neutral dress that can be glammed up for any special occasion with the right accessories.
if you’ve heard me say it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times – accessories are a girl’s best friend. and you thought it was diamonds! accessories unleash your personal style, taste, and preferences. but they also offer unlimited opportunities for clothes. take a white shirt. it’s a blank canvas. add a pair of jeans, and you have an ordinary, everyday outfit. but add a fabulous handbag, a pair of heels, a statement necklace or scarf, and now you have a polished ensemble. accessories are always the icing on the cake. don’t be afraid to invest in a silk scarf, luxury handbag, or jewelry. these are the items that stand the test of time and will be on rinse and repeat for years and years.
today’s ootd starts with a simple dress in a neutral color from Ann Taylor. it’s non-descript, so think of it as a blank canvas, just like the white shirt. it’s an off-shoulder dress, so special lingerie is necessary. a strapless bra from Wacoal suits my purpose. since this dress will reveal lumps and bumps, a pair of high waist shaper shorts comes to my rescue. shapewear has come a long way, baby. long gone are the days when you felt restricted when you slipped into shapewear. Spanx is my go-to brand for shapewear that slims my silhouette. no, you won’t go down one size, but it will give a smooth appearance with no visible panty lines. exactly what i wanted. a gorgeous jacket with a subtle pattern is the pièce de résistance as it adds instant glamour. it is no longer available, but it’s from Max Mara, an Italian luxury brand that’s worth the $$$. luxury retailers like Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, and Saks carry this brand. and, yes, this is when i shop on sale. blazers and/or jackets are an opportunity to add pizzazz to an outfit much like accessories. i love to have one or two special blazers on hand for special occasions. look for patterns or texture like bouclé or tweed.
now onto accessories. since this is a special occasion outfit, i pulled out all the stops. statement earrings (similar here, here, and here), a gold link bracelet (similar here, here, and here), and gold sandals (similar here, here, and here) all add interest and personality to this outfit. Oscar de la Renta, Lulu Frost, Alexis Bittar, Julie Vos, and Nest are a few of my favorite fashion jewelry companies. the earrings in today’s post are by Heidi Daus, available at HSN. i purchased these last year after i discovered this jewelry brand during a collaboration with HSN.