Today I have a challenge on top of my DC's Fashion Week Challenge. In addition to trying to push the DC-style-envelope into this season with clothes from the last 6 seasons (and none from this), I've got an embassy event tonight. Romania's ambassador, the Honorable Sorin Ducaru, is headed home. He's had a wonderful run here in the States, and there's a farewell reception for him tonight at his residence.
So I have to be, all at once, envelope-pushing, work-appropriate (those two together are a snap with this fall's demure sexy looks), and dressed enough for an evening embassy event.
Back-track a little into last fall.
Chocoloate baby velvet knit one-button blazer (BCBG) with little girl sleeves, a chocolate cotton tank (FCUK), a black & white houndstooth tweed paneled pencil skirt (Banana) - all last fall, and centuries old rose pink & brown pointy-toe sneaker-esque slingbacks (Nine West). Layered pale pink pearls & chains, and my teardrop pink pearl earrings from the wedding. Hair up in a ballerina-like bun, which works nicely with my new bangs (ok, so that's really all about me running terribly late this morning and only having enough time to deal with my bangs, and not the rest of my hair).
The whole effect is definitely demure sexy, which is definitely this season, and the tweed is oh-so-now, but the refined, ladylike jacket and pearls is, well, so last fall. But, as I constantly remind my 3 readers, if it works for you, go for it. Never mind the runways.
I'm getting closer to my challenge goal, but still haven't hit it. How 'bout you?