|Juicy Dreaming Diva|
The cultural divide between Mom and her teen-aged daughter may be wider today than in previous generations, but there is at least one area in which they have found common ground. They both love and live in their sweats.
While there are still sightings of casual chic on city streets, there is no denying that sweats have become the unofficial official uniform of the suburban American woman.
I understand the need for comfort, but when did comfy and frumpy become joined at the hip?
O.K., O.K., I know I’ve been on this soap box before on this very Blog; and I know I’m fighting a losing battle, but, hey, I’m French. It’s not about winning; it’s about fighting for something worth fighting for, and I believe the sartorial soul of the American woman is indeed worth fighting for.
And so, to that end, I teach all my clients how to put together a wardrobe based on casual chic pieces that can be dressed up and dressed down in the blink of an eye. Other than a formal affair, with the right pieces in your wardrobe, you’re pretty much ready for anything at a moment’s notice.
This is a great example of a casual chic outfit that can go seamlessly from day (lunch with the girls) to evening (dinner with spouse/significant other). Here, the details make the difference:
n Cropped, fitted blazer with embellished collar;
n Velvet-trimmed top;
n Dark wash, boot-cut jeans; and
n High-heeled, pointy-toed boots.
Now, let’s dress it up for a special dinner.
We have kept the cropped blazer, but have
n Changed the top for a silk blouse with embellished shoulders;
n Changed the jeans for a pencil skirt;
n Added a rose gold choker and garnet cocktail ring;
n Added a great evening clutch; and
n Changed the boots for a pair of sexy, sling-back heels.
Here we have
n Changed the jacket for an embellished cardigan;
n Changed the top for a striped Tee-shirt;
n Changed the boot-cut jeans for skinny, tapered jeans;
n Added a statement watch and tote bag; and
n Added a cute pair of ballet flats
And there you have it. How easy is that? Come join the casual chic army and help us fight the frump.