A few weeks ago, I created a mini-controversy when I suggested that, once you pass 25 years old, jeans should no longer be your default attire for a night on the town. Since there were so many questions in the comments, I thought I would take some time today to clarify my position.
I love my denim as much as the next woman. I love it for Saturdays on the couch. I love it for running errands around the neighborhood. I love it for watching football at the local bar on Sundays. I love it for concerts on Friday nights after a casual day at work. But I don’t love denim for going out to dinner (unless it’s burgers at Good Stuff) or special events.
Obviously, I don’t expect you to wear a ballgown to the Iron Horse or stacks of diamonds to a Nationals game–your outfit should match your environment, like camouflage–but I believe that women should step it up when given the opportunity. Life–especially time away from work–should be a celebration, so I dress for any occasion that will give me a reason.
1. Navy Cashmere Sweater ($188) // ever Pleated Skirt ($195–limited sizes) // Oval Otto Pendant ($175) // Wallace & Barnes Braided Belt ($88) // Danielle Nicole Crossbody ($78) // Edelman Baxton Flat ($56)
One. The first outfit is for a more casual dinner, coffee date, trip to the museums ensemble. Imagine for a moment, this outfit with jeans instead of the skirt. It’s still a nice, but it’s just another jean outfit. Add the skirt, and you look more stylish, more pulled together and more feminine.
As for the outfit itself, I used a simple v-neck sweater because with a full skirt, I like just a bit of skin at the neck for balance. The pendant fills the void and compliments the neckline. And the belt is a men’s belt, chosen so the belt can be slung lower on the torso and not at the waist.
Two. The second outfit is a recreation of an ensemble I saw on a shopper at the Gilt City sample sale last Friday. The woman wearing it looked positively chic in her cropped trousers, white chiffon blouse (I used blush because that’s what I own) and high heels. She also wore a high bun that complemented the look perfectly.
The whole outfit, especially the shoes, just begs to be taken to a dark bar with perfectly crafted cocktails. The Passenger is the perfect place to take a small group of intimate friends for a work-free conversation. This would also be a great birthday party outfit.
Three. A nice dinner on the town deserves a good dress. The figure-hugging dress from All Saints begs to be belted, creating a structured look for a night on the town. I added the dangle earrings to bring out the blue undertones in the dress fabric. The clutch also has a mix of grey and blue hues.
I see a lot of ladies dining out in jeans and a nice blouse, and they look good. But when I go out, I like to look better-than-good. I like to make a statement, and I’d rather be a touch over dressed and look my best than wear denim and be another woman in jeans.
Bottom line, I’m not opposed to wearing denim. I just feel that when you’re going out, you should take the opportunity to dress to impress.