Several posts ago, I talked about prepping an outfit. I do this, and I think it's important to do this. A little fashion dress rehearsal can save a lot of time & heartbreak. You don't want to get down to fifteen minutes before you have to leave for a date or a wedding or dinner with friends and look into the mirror and find that those pants are not at all the right length for those shoes, or that a particular blouse when tucked into a particular skirt makes you look like a sausage with a center seam, or that you in no way have the proper underpinnings for a certain dress and you're about to walk out of the house looking like Mrs. Roper on her way to a pole-dancing class.
At any rate, even I don't do this all the time, of course, and while I'm not saying that you have to plan out every outfit you wear to dash up to the grocery store to buy some Swiss cheese and laundry detergent, I'm going to provide you with a little example of why it's often a good idea.
I started off with these
great wide-leg trouser jeans from Goldsign with cute patch pockets and buttoned belt loops. Love these jeans -- they have a sewn crease down the front of the leg and are a super-soft denim. I added this
fuchsia & black striped long-sleeve tee. This is a great stretchy fabric, with a nice wide ballet neck that can actually be tugged down off the shoulder a bit should you so prefer. I got this in Zara in Paris last November when I was freezing to death and needed to come up with a couple more layers.
And over the tee I put this
great little black vest that I just love. This has a very close fit, it comes just to my waist. Look how cute it is from the back --
Love that lacing. I'm still big into the vest thing, or at least I will be again when it's cool enough to wear two layers of fabric. (Which at this rate will apparently be 2012.) Seeing lots of them for fall, which makes me happy.
Finished off the whole shebang with these
black patent Jimmy Choo flats that I love like a boyfriend and should have bought two pairs of. I ADORE these shoes.
Anyway. There I am, dressed in my cute little outfit, feeling comfortable and happy, and off I went to meet some friends. But then I got where I was going and as I was looking at myself in the mirror in the ladies' room, the puzzle pieces fell into place.
Ah, well. Live & learn.
Photos: Style Spy, guardian.co.uk