Thursday, November 01, 2007

What to Wear: Society Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner it seems. Usually, this entails a delicious meal with Rob's parent's and a visit with the goats on their little farm. This year, I'm in for croissants and the Champs-Elysees. Nicki's in for something different:
My aunt and uncle are having the family over to their house on Belvedere Island for a very early (2pm) Thanksgiving dinner- very swank. The invitation says come dressed in "festive fall attire." I am a little unsure about what this means - my aunt dresses rather outlandishly {ed: she sent photos, think Ivana Trump/Donatella Versace}, so with her we really never know. Could you help me put together an outfit that is dressy and sophisticated? I am blond, blue eyed, with a slightly ruddy complexion, so oranges aren't the best for me, and reds that are more maroon usually look good. I am 5'1" and a size 10. Any ideas you have would be great!
So tricky! Since the event is early in the day, I'm going to guess that it's not formal or semi-formal. Here is an outfit that can cover all the other bases:

Dress - Such a nice soft brown color. This flattering little number is from Tahari for a little society-paper-cred. It's something you could wear again.
Sweater - A cropped cardigan from Anthro. The structure is interesting and fun. If the party is more formal than you expect, toss the sweater and wear the dress on its own.
Shoes - I have a feeling that heels are a must for this crowd. This pair is a gorgeous dark red color, almost the same as a $300 alternative.
Clutch - $12 from Target. Distantly related to this $360 cousin.
Earrings - Garnet studs from Etsy for $12.
Brooch - Fall leaves in enamel. Looks much more exotic than its $12 price tag.

I recommend wearing your hair up, brushing on some bronzer and doing a soft, dark brown smoky eye. I hope this works for you Nicki!


amber said...

love the sweater and the little brooch, very society with a bit of flair!

La Belette Rouge said...

That Target clutch is a great find!

love.boxes said...

I love the cut on that jacket/sweater... very chic!

SGM said...

How have I not known about you before?! I love your outfit mock-ups. You're going on my blogroll for sure!

Jill said...

SOLD. All of it. Fall perfection in an outfit!