Thursday, September 13, 2007

What to Wear: Connecticut Reunion

Connecticut in exciting and perfect for all sorts of J.Crew. Here's Eliza's request:
On Columbus Day weekend, I will be attending my 5 year high school reunion. I went to a preppy all-girls school in Connecticut. I might as well mention that I am being forced to attend the reunion weekend by a friend of mine that doesn't want to go alone. (Basically I would rather stick pins in my eyes than go)

It will be 3 days of me seeing people that I haven't seen in a while, so I would really like to look just a little bit more fabulous than normal. The weekend will involve at least 2 day events and 2 evening events.

About me: I am 5'8", about a size 14 (10 on top). I have a pretty preppy/classic style (a friend of mine says I dress a bit like a librarian).

I would definitely love any advice that you can give to me. While I would love to not have to spend my life savings on these outfits, I could justify certain expenses it if I can wear them again later.
For two days, you really just need two killer dresses and two great pant outfits. Here's an example of "lux librarian" to get her started:

Dress - Dark eggplant color is flattering and will help you stand out from everyone wearing black. Plus, the structure on top is great for a curvier figure and it's only $89.
Pumps - A platform pump with a solid heel accentuates thin ankles.
Clutch - In gray alligator.
Ring - A bold enamel cocktail ring is a great conversation piece with this outfit.
Earrings - These anthro drops tie it all together for $10. (Link isn't working, they're called Gelee Hoops)

Jacket - In dark blue corduroy.
Top - A pretty, empire waist jersey top.
Pants - You could do this with jeans or tweed trousers, whichever is most appropriate.
Sneakers - These charcoal canvas slip ons will be perfect for campus.
Tote - From Urban Outfitters.
Glasses - From Vera Wang.

Each element here can certainly be worn again. The dress would be great with boots and a jacket for work. The jersey top could be fantastic with a skirt and those kicky pumps.


Katie said...


The Macy's link doesn't work for me. That eggplant dress is beautiful. I'd wear it with thick gray tights and bundle up.

MissEm said...

Sorry about that! It's fixed now :)

Anne said...

pants outfit is hot! :) nice picks em.

Eliza said...


Thank you so much! I knew I could count on you to create some rockin' outfits!! This might just make the whole weekend bearable.