This summer I decided to give in to the maxi craze. I found this brown number at
Soft Surroundings. I liked it so well I ordered a deep teal one as well.
I wanted something that I could dress up or down and use for a variety of summer occasions.
Needless to say, I do not wear anything sleeveless so I had to be creative with something to cover the upper arms.
This blog is about some of the things I came up with that I already had in my closet.
NOTE: Always shop in your closet first!
Because I adhere to the principle of capsule wardrobe planning, all of the items in my closet can be worn in multiple ways.
For a night out for dinner and Little Theater, I added this cream silk, bead-embellished jacket.
You will notice I am wearing the same shoes in all these pictures. Know why? I'll tell you later.
For lunch with some lady friends, I added this bright yellow, light-weight sweater.
For a less than formal event for the symphony, I added this shear shrug that covered the arms, but also added a degree of frivolity and pizzazz.
Now that fall is in the air down south, I plan to continue wearing this versatile, comfortable dress with a heavier covering.
I found this sweater while in northern Indiana a few weeks ago and loved it. It is perfect with this dress and will be a cozy covering.
This longer sweater works because of the short cut in front.
One of my favorite combos is the embellished jean jacket. I find with over air-conditioned rooms during the southern fall, the jean jacket is very comfortable.
Now, why the same shoes. Any ideas? No, they are not the only pair of shoes I have.
These particular shoes have a slight wedge which lifts the hem of the dress off the floor. Also, the color creates a continuation of the color giving a seamless flow. The eye is drawn to my upper half and the overall affect is not broken.
Remember, unless you want your shoes to make a statement, match your pants or dress with the same color shoe or a neutral shade.
I think brown boots are going to be a good change in a few weeks. And yes, the south allows us to wear this sort of attire for a couple more months.
I hope this gives you some ideas and encouragement to mix and match, and shop in your closet for creative outfits.