Sunday, July 25, 2010

stay at home mom style: something to dress up in

I originally wanted to squeeze this post in last night, but it didn't happen. Better late than never, though! We're wrapping up Stay at Home Mom Style Week, and I just want to say that I've had a blast. Thanks so much to those who took the time to comment - I hope you had fun reading, too :)

Now that you've spent some time thinking through your own personal style and considering your body type, you might be beginning to get an idea in your mind of what sort of dress clothes you could add to your closet. The examples I have for you today are rather taste & body specific. They're choices that I would personally make for a flexible dressy wardrobe. I don't often wear long, flowy dresses - my best cuts are usually more tailored, and even suit-like. You'll see that reflected in tonight's style board. You'll also see my preference for colors and dress cuts that flatter my hourglass (with pear tendencies, mind you) shape. The shoes? I love heels. Love 'em. You may not, and that's okay. The thing to really consider from the style board in this post is how you might collect dress clothes that work with one another instead of just collecting isolated outfits. This board isn't complete. It needs a long-sleeve jacket, for instance, but it still gives the idea of mixing and matching with some core pieces.

Here's what I came up in the Dressy, Classic, Hourglass department.

First of all - I really love that Calvin Klein shirtdress with the mandarin collar. I already have a little black dress that's working just fine right now, though. But, isn't it lovely?

Okay, you'll notice that the red & white suit can function as a separate jacket & skirt - mixing with black or gray. Notice, too, that the overall color scheme of this dressy wardrobe isn't too different from my casual one. The black turtleneck or black tuxedo shirt from my casual clothes could do double duty with these dressier pieces. There are a zillion combinations you could make from this board. The black pants with the khaki suit jacket or the white skirt with the black vneck cardigan or the white pants with the red jacket. See, the idea is to shoot for flexiblity. With interchangeable pieces, you can come up with a combination that is appropriate for virtually any scenario. You won't have to run out for "something to wear" when a special event is on the calendar. You'll be able to choose from the wonderfully versatile pieces that you've already collected. With a core wardrobe you have all kinds of versatility, versatility, versatility.

Have you all worked out any core wardrobes on Polyvore or another program this week? If you have, I'd love to see what you came up with! My email is :)

Thanks for making this week fun, guys!!!

p.s. I tried to link in the comments, but had trouble. Here's the link to the red pumps :)
And here's a few more.


Erika said...

Love the wardrobe posts. Thanks :)

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Melissa said...

Love the red shoes...where are they from? Thanks for all this great information!

Jacci said...

Hmmm... good question. I think the red shoes are Nordstrom or Dillards. Glad you liked the post!!



Jacci said...

Found em, Melissa :) They're patent leather, by the way. I'm not normally a patent leather gal (something about all that shine on my tootsies), but they might be right up your alley :) They're on sale now, too, which is good because the regular price was approaching 200 beans.

Here's link!

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Meg & Ryan said...

I stumbled upon your site, and I LOVE your ideas re: the SAHM clothing. I loved the core/capsule wardrobe ideas, and I love your ideas showing the switch between yoga pants and jeans. Please do more!! I have *zero* fashion sense, and no creativity when it comes to clothing. But, this was easy. And, I had all of these pieces in my closet already. Who knew?! Please, MORE! :)

Jacci said...

Aw, well thanks, Meg!

Possibly this winter we can scare up a few style posts...