I love looking at posts from all the wonderful style bloggers out there. I marvel at the amazing outfits they put together and I’m in awe of their posing skills. Their photos always look so polished and effortless.
And I always find myself wondering “Where are they going in that outfit?”
Not in a judgmental way, just, I really want to know where they are going. I feel like life has gotten way too casual for my liking and I love to see people really dress up for an occasion. Nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing someone decked out in diamonds at the opera or sporting a jaunty hat to afternoon tea. Because if we can’t dress up for these occasions, then when can we? And on the flip-side of that, I love it equally when I see people dress up for everyday life. Why not wear a fabulous coat and bag over your skinny jeans to the grocery store? It’s your life, dress for it!
Now I’ve been known to wear a bit of an everyday uniform when I’m hanging out with my daughter or running errands, but when it comes to going out, I like to make sure to put in a bit of an effort. I feel like it is not only an opportunity to show my personality and my mood through what I’m wearing, but it is also a sign of respect to the other people that I’ll be seeing. It was just the way that I was raised. Clothes were important to both of my parents and they both had their own personal style.
So I thought I’d share with you what I wore to my daughter’s 2nd birthday party. Well, to her 3rd 2nd birthday party (click here if you want to hear the whole story!) By the way, I totally tried to take some of those cool pictures that I see on other blogs, but my inner goof-ball just wouldn’t cooperate.
The weather was still a bit chilly, so I ended up wearing some opaque tights (these are my favourites) and suede high-heeled booties (full disclosure, the heels didn’t last long). I can totally see myself wearing this dress when the weather warms up with some ballet flats or a wedge sandal.
My daughter loves the tassel necklace, and I know I will be wearing it with just about everything this spring. Which could pose a problem when she wants to wear it instead! By the way, Chiara’s adorable dress is from Marimekko (it’s actually a tunic, but she wore it as a dress).
Here’s how I put the outfit together (on the right) and on the left, I’ve shown how I would lighten it up for spring. The dress was super comfortable, and I was able to do all my hostess-y duties in it while still running around after my daughter and hanging out on the floor (when need be). Those are all the hallmarks of a good dress to me!