On Monday I met up with Kevin for lunch.
Now that you’ve read that, strip away any assumptions you may have had about our lunch involving a leisurely hour at a cafe somewhere.
First of all, thanks to recent gum surgery, my lunch consisted of a cup of yogurt. So there’s that. Also, Kevin only gets a half-hour lunch, which could start any time between 11:30 and noon. When I picked him up, he told me he had a surprise, in the form of an excellent frozen yogurt shop in a nearby strip mall. I had dedicated my Monday to taking out the last of the boxes for recycling, vacuuming, purging old files, and doing laundry, so I was more than happy to indulge in some fro-yo.
We walked across the parking lot and Kevin, in his shirt and tie, said happily, “I think this is the first time I’ve ever out-classed you.”
That’s because I was taking a day off from Dress Your Best, and I was wearing jeans and a Threadless tee instead of one of these outfits.
Skirt: embarrassingly old
Sandals: Naturalizer, from Macy’s
Belt: vintage via my grandmother! plus 10 hipster cred!
I don’t really know how it happened, but all of a sudden this belting-cardigan thing is my favorite style trick in the world. Look! A waist! I have one! Hips, too! Well, I have two hips actually. But hey, they are differentiated from the rest of me!
I don’t really know any of the science behind wearing a maxi dress correctly, although Ann Taylor Loft did have a beautiful petite dress that I wanted with all of my being (until it cost $50). I’m guessing that having a long skirt line instead of a full-body line results in a long leg line, so that’s two of the five Bests dressed. And I think technically a deep V neck like that is supposed to draw attention to the face, and since the white tee blends in very well with my pasty white decolletage at this point, I’m going to count that as a third Best.
Necklace: also vintage via my grandmother
But hey, let’s count the Bests: long leg line, check; flattering draped waist, check; twist-front and fancy necklace to emphasize chest area, check; low rise in the back, check. 4 out of 5!
Tee: Nordstrom Rack
Lace vest: Maurice’s
Capris: from the days of old
Wedges: Lifestride, from DSW
Lips: the Internet
I guess it’s convenient that my reflectively pale legs match the khaki capris because hey, long legs! The lace vest thing is a recent find and, I think, the best way for me to jump on this lace trend without looking like a teenager. I’ve never seen lace tops in a color that wasn’t cream or black, so hopefully the brown will help separate me a bit. Yeah, it’s trendy, but talk about an easy way to make a plain t-shirt more exciting! This would have looked fun even without the belt. Okay, yeah, so the whole color scheme is a bit Lord-of-the-Rings-ish, but I think I looked pretty fantastic, and also bodacious.