Monday, December 2, 2013

What to Wear: Florida Business Party

As Melinda mentioned this morning, this week's blog menu will be all about clothes! Melinda insisted that we have a corporate/business party day, even though I think those sorts of outfits are boring. However, I was inspired by how not boring Melinda's cold weather ideas were and decided to give a Florida version.

Melinda is in D.C. - i.e. more serious than Florida. We can get away with Lilly Pulitzer all year round and peep toes are definitely a weather appropriate choice.

This outfit is light and glitzy, without being over the top for Florida. Besides, what is the point of going to a Christmas party if you can't get a little sparkly? The Lilly Pulitzer dress can be worn all winter long; the fabric is not heavy but you can throw a pair of pantyhose on for those chilly days. I love the sparkly shoes! They warm up the dress and go really well with those awesome Kate Spade earrings. Everything can be reused through out the season and nothing is too trendy that you can't continue wearing the pieces over the next few years.

I love how many directions you can take this Eliza J dress. You can pair it with the green version of those glitzy Menbur pumps or go for a more subdued yet still Christmasy look with the purple suede Ted Baker pumps - don't you love the gold detail? And if you want a more edgy look, you could totally make the Sam Edelman pumps work. Just remember those shoes will be a big part of the outfit, so don't go overboard with accessories.

Rather than putting on a jacket when the temperature drops, we often wear wraps in Florida. Wraps are especially useful when you will only be cold walking from the car to a warm indoor location. I love how cashmere wraps lay, and this one is on sale for $176 today. It comes in many colors, too. I would pick black and use it all season long.

Of course, a well fitted black dress is always appropriate. To make it less boring/more unexpected, throw on these Alice + Olivia shoes. Seriously, you need to buy these shoes.

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