For a few years when our son was growing up, we didn’t really go out much. Sure, there were family gatherings and the occasional date night with le Monsieur, but most of those were pretty casual events. When the occasion did call for something more than jeans-and-a-sweater, I’d flail around and ultimately dress up some of my office basics with jewelry, bags and shoes. Serviceable, but not much fun.
Now that I’m no longer punching a clock, I have more time to meet friends for lunch. And since our son is older and living more independently, we’re now able to get out more in the evenings, and accept spur-of-the-moment invitations. It’s a lifestyle change my wardrobe wasn’t well equipped to handle. So lately I’ve been focused on beefing up my selection of Going Out Clothes. Not quite Occasion Dressing, but a step or two up from basics.
Our lifestyle is still a casual one, so jeans are often a given. But I’ve been trying to add some easy-but-interesting tops and jackets that steer clear of Corporate Drag. I’m on the lookout for one or two workable evening bags.
This blue velvet jacket has been a great addition. It’s soft enough to work with a casual outfit, but still adds a luxe element. The floral silk shirt brings some color and pattern. (It’s on sale now too!) The pearl necklace (similar here) adds some lightness. The ring is one of my new favorite pieces. Those are Swarovski crystals around the edge.
Have recent lifestyle changes prompted you to make updates your wardrobe?