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This is where I admit that I suck at finding formal wear and this request requires it. So I am opening this with the admission that I have trouble dressing myself for formal situations, and my selections may not be even close to what you are looking for.
This trip is for a weekend to Southern California at the end of February. It involves attending both a wedding and a as a special dinner for out-of-town guests (the night before). Both travel and casual pieces are also needed because she will be helping with last-minute wedding preparations.
I need to include 1-2 casual outfits, a dressy dinner outfit, as well as a wedding outfit. Casual is obviously easy, dressy dinner can be made easy by including a silk blouse, and some trousers that can be worn with either some leather flats, or heels depending on how dressy the dinner is. Now for the wedding, which is where I kept hitting walls. I was looking around and getting excited by some pieces only to see that they were expensive like this dress. I would wear that with a blazer and heels. I have the tendency to pair formal wear with blazers for some reason. I like the look, and how it adds a touch of masculine to the overtly feminine. I went and pulled several styles that caught my eye, along with some blazers that can be paired with them (because I really like the idea of a tulle skirt, camisole, blazer, and heels).
The list consists of:
- one silk blouse, one striped long sleeve
- a sweater
- light jacket
- Sneakers, and flats
- 1 pair of pyjamas
- socks, underwear, bra
- Formal wear (dress, heels, clutch)
Remember that the jeans, top or sweater, one pair of shoes, jacket, and purse are for your travel outfit. That omits many pieces and makes room for everything easily in a weekender. The formal wear selections I pulled are located below, along with a variety of blazers, and clutch bags.
I’m not the fanciest person in the world and dressing me in formal wear can be a little like pulling teeth. I do my best when the occasion arises and I would wear all the pieces below (and combinations of them). I will put these pieces together into outfit options for next post. In the meantime I hope you find this helpful.
*The Free People dress shows up below in a bright blue in the picture, but I prefer the grey that it also comes in.
** Also, I don’t usually include the nightware and undergarments in my lists because it’s sort of assumed that you know what to pack in that department ;) but this list was small so I decided that it would work. That and I kind of really love the pajamas. They are a loose fit and look like something I would live in (and it’s yellow, and I love yellow). I wish my local H&M offered more pajamas……and house stuff.
What is your go-to for formal wear?