Please note that this is not the skirt from this morning. There was no Polyvore-ready photo of that skirt to be had, so I chose something close for the set. The biggest difference to note is the lack of an elastic waist band.
Edgy & Chic. Remembering that we live in D.C., where the style is significantly more conservative, my first instinct is always to play down sequins. This outfit does not do that. Instead, the huge (there’s really no other word for it) statement necklace adds a geometric flare and modern edge to the sparkly, sequined pencil. And the spiked heels say, “Yes, I’m wearing sequins, but that doesn’t mean I’m frilly.”
I love the neutral blouse for balance. It might be a bit chilly, but most parties are indoors, so a chic wool overcoat can always be added for outside travel. I also like the bold, orange portfolio clutch for a BIG pop of color. And I added the smoky ring to pull the necklace in a bit more and blend the competing blacks and browns in the outfit.
Prim & Proper. How much do you love this sweater? I love it so much that I spent 35 minutes on the phone with a friend who sews asking her if a hot pink pullover could be turned into a keyhole-backed sweater with a bow tie. She’s looking into it, and will hopefully have good news for me soon, as spending $800 on a sweater is just ludicrous. (Also, if anyone finds a cheaper one, leave the link in the comments.)
For this look, I wanted something that a proper lady would wear to a New Year’s Eve party thrown in her home. From the studs to the crewneck sweater, the whole look is very Georgetown dinner party. So I added some sky high heels for a little levity and youthfulness and tights because it just felt like the outfit needed them.