Two Ways: Aubergine Dress
Nov 1, 2012
Editor’s Note: As a result of Hurricane Sandy, some of the tools I use to build these posts are not available. So they may be a little lackluster until the companies can recover.
For the Office. This outfit has a vintage feel with a sheath dress and a slouchy cardigan. I love the tie and the bobble-knit accents. I also prefer to mix burgundy with beige, brown, navy and grey, instead of black. Black just looks a bit harsh to me.
The belt is the same shade as the dress and should be worn around the waist, underneath the sweater. The shoes look wine-colored in the photo, but they are actually dark brown. If you wanted to wear tights and boots, I would try brown tights with a brown boot.
The accessories are a mix of teal and blue. If you prefer, you could go with a darker eggplant purple or navy instead. But I just loved the crisp lines of the Tory Burch bag.
For the hair, I would wear it half up, teased at the crown. For the makeup, I would choose a lipstick with a light wine tint like this one from Bite Beauty and wear chocolate brown eye liner and taupe shadow.
For a Casual Wedding. I know what you’re going to say. “Belle, bare legs in the winter? Are you crazy?”
At the risk of stepping on the third rail, I believe that for cocktail and evening events bare legs are always acceptable. For work, if you can wear bare legs in the summer, you can wear them in the winter, but I wouldn’t recommend nude shoes. If they make you uncomfortable, then wear nylons or tights. But I have never understood why so many women who wear bare legs six/eight months per year, suddenly become so horrified by the prospect of wearing them in the winter. That thin layer of nylon can’t possibly be keeping your legs THAT warm.
As for the rest of the outfit, I chose a metallic belt, a cool pair of earrings and a deco ring to spice it up. You could also buy a piece of ribbon the same color as the dress and tie it around the waist. I’d add a brooch at waist level if I did that.
For the hair, I would wear it in a wavy low side ponytail. For the makeup, I would wear black liner and charcoal shadow with a dark lip gloss.