My mom and I were recently debating whether or not VAUGHAN shirts are acceptable for formal events like weddings. Of course, the consensus was "yes" but it got me thinking about how I would wear The Hepburn shirt for evening. Dress codes that call for something between cocktail and black tie are always a little tricky... there's too much room for interpretation!
I came up with two looks. The first is better suited to day time events but the second vamps it up a bit for major impact. Behold.
Lacy skirt + white shirt = modern romance
First step: the Lion in Winter blouse. It's crisp, it's white, it works. A plain shirt like this is a great foil for an intricate notice-me skirt. I chose this rosy lace number with an uneven hem. Can you imagine how good your legs will look in it? Pair it with delicate neutral shoes to keep the attention on the skirt.
A rose gold collar helps to frame your face and I love how the garnet ring almost clashes with the skirt. The tiniest hint of a feminine bra adds a bit of interest. Polish it off with nude makeup and a warm red lip and voila!
Lacy shirt + dramatic skirt = dark romance
Now, for something that is a bit more bold, but still very classic. The Coming to Dinner shirt
is really the perfect cocktail blouse
. It lends itself so well to evening dressing and it's a bit dramatic but very wearable. Yes, black jeans or leather pants look very cool, but try pairing it will a full black skirt for more formal events. The blouse
is an oversize fit
so you'll definitely want to wear it with a form fitting, figure flattering skirt to keep the look from getting frumpy.
Cinch your waist with a cummerbund style belt (metallics are ideal) and sky high heels. All you really need to finish the look is a bright red lip and your favorite minaudière and off you go!
now and get started on your weekend party look.