dress--Trina Turk via Rent the Runway, jacket-Piperlime(similar from Zara here), necklace-J.Crew Factory(similar here), clutch-Banana Republic(more options here), heels-Ralph Lauren(more options here)
Bringing some understated glam to a wedding this past weekend in this subtlety chic outfit!A navy frock, shiny necklace, and pumps are no-brainers when it comes to wedding-guest style. However, the overlay of this Trina Turk dress, the pattern on the heels, AND the unexpected add-ons of a floral bomber and message clutch take it up a notch on the fashion barometer. (Do barometers have notches?) Either way, you get my point, that outfitting is in the details. Sure, it helps to have a great-fitting dress with visual interest, but a designer dress alone is still just clothes. When you deploy thoughtful accessories, especially ones with a bit of irony--hello "tomboy" bag--then the outfit emerges.
Other things to note: my hair color REALLY plays into the color story of the overall look. Besides the tomboy clutch, another semi-ironic touch is the sporty jacket over a cocktail dress. And finally, I feel a crochet versus lace overlay is much more suitable for a lady in her 30's. Lace can read juvenile OR mature depending on how it's rendered.