Pastel and I are having a moment, along with that white tee I can’t seem to seem to ever leave at home. There’s something I love about the juxtaposition of fancy and casual. This pastel blue pleated dress could own the room by itself, but dial it back with a cotton tee and some cork wedges and all of a sudden you go from Night Out At The Opera to Dinner Date. The white tee is my go-to because it creates that perfect balance. Now let’s talk about some other ways to tone done fancy pieces.
The Shoes: Shoes can make or break a look in terms of how fancy or casual it seems. Throw on some heels with a pair of jeans and it’s ultimate business attire (depending on your field). Switch up those heels for sneakers and all of a sudden you get a lazy Sunday look. Keep the sneakers and trade in the jeans for a dress, sophisticated casual perfection. It’s all about the right mix.
The Bag: Evening bags take things way up a notch, so opt for something a little more casual like a bucket bag or simple box clutch. Getting playful with pom pom and/or monster bag keychains also helps to downplay your outfit.
The Accessories: Keep it simple. Let the statement piece you’re wearing be special on its own.
The Hair and Makeup: You know the rule where you’re not supposed to have a bold lip and bold eyes at the same time? Stick to it. As for the hair, beachy waves are a fail-safe.
I already mentioned the white tee, but it really should have a category of its own. Throw it on under strapless dresses, jumpers, cocktail dresses… and it will instantly tone down your look. Have any other ideas? Leave them in the comments!
Pastel Blue Pleated Dress: Keepsake The Label
White Tee: Onno T-Shirts (c/o)
Turquoise Clutch: Club Monaco
Beaded Chokers: Ela Rae Jewelry (c/o)
Gold Pearl Cuff Bracelet: Lydell NYC (c/o)
Gold Cuff Bracelet: Banana Republic
Cork Wedges: Dolce Vita
Photo Credit: Fernando Ceballos