Jean Michel Cazabat ‘Emma’ pumps
Earlier this month, I was invited to a black tie event. The first thought was “EXCIIIIIITING!” but soon after came ”WTF am I going to wear to this thing?!?!” My summer capsule wardrobe doesn’t really scream formal, so I started searching the web to sort out my options.
Buying a one-time only gown wasn’t appealing and renting the runway wasn’t either. Actually, spending money in general wasn’t appealing. This project has really dampened my desire to buy things without good cause and a full cost benefit analysis.
Sooooooo, after a quick survey of potential costs (and seeing few benefits), I decided to make it work with what I had on hand. MAKE DO AND MEND, PEOPLE!
Both dresses I own are geared toward cocktail hour, so separates were going to happen. The palazzo pants I was once iffy on were the obvious choice. A random article on the internet confirmed that they could potentially pass as black tie, and they were in the current capsule – GOLDEN.
I then tried to recall examples of pants on the red carpet and remembered a photo of Clemence Poesy I once saw on Les Anti-Modernes. Silk blouse. Also in capsule. Done.
Needed something sparkly. The Lady Grey necklace was also in the capsule. Winning so far.
not Chanel jacket; last worn here
With the bulk of the outfit figured out, I ‘borrowed’ a couple, more fancy pieces that aren’t in the capsule to finish it off: the perfect-for-all-occasions Cazabat pumps and a Chanel-like jacket that I got from a fruitful thrift shopping weekend back in 2009. As much as I love to purge, I just can’t get rid of some things; thank goodness I didn’t because that jacket made all the difference.
So yes, I cheated with 10 days left in the Project 333 season. I’m all about full disclosure of the mundane and inconsequential.