Item # 2 (black and white jersey dress) was my New Year's Eve outfit. I did not end up looking as festive as I would have liked for several reasons. I would have worn a hat of some sort but we had theater tickets. I would have added some sort of jacket but we had planned to spend at least part of the day walking around the city so I wore a cozy down coat instead. I would have worn fancier shoes but there was the aforementioned walking to consider and we opted to take BART into the city rather than drive so I chose comfort and stability over sparkle. I keep meaning to practice applying false lashes so that I can use them to glam up my evening makeup but I only seem to remember that I want to practice about 20 minutes before I'm supposed to be ready to leave for an event. Needless to say this was another lashless evening. This dress is easy to wear and the cut is pretty flattering- it's a work staple for me really. Or a weeknight dinner date dress. It didn't manage to rise to the occasion of Big Night Out in the Big City the way I'd hoped it would.
Sadly, most of my fellow theater patrons did not rise to the occasion either. I was really expecting some excellent people watching- New Year's Eve, San Francisco, Orpheum Theater? I was anticipating some pretty awesome SF style and was sorely disappointed. Living in a small town I don't have many people watching/ outfit studying opportunities and had hoped this visit would provide some much missed eye candy. I was, compared to most of the other attendees, very dressed up. There were some bright spots but nothing that really wowed.
But the show was wonderful. I had a great time. I wasn't cold. And my feet didn't hurt at the end of the night. So good, if not glamorous, choices all around. The outfit earns a 7/10.
Item #18 (black pieced shirt) and item #12 (denim straight skirt with stitching) was worn for New Year's Day brunch and a movie before making the drive back home. I might have been able to make this combination look a bit better if I had been at home with a full wardrobe of accessory options. I didn't give these pieces a trial run together before throwing them in my suitcase so perhaps I'm lucky that they worked together as well as they did. Bear in mind that this is a terrible picture taken with a flash in failing light after the drive home. I'm tired and crumpled from the drive. None of the cool seaming details on the shirt are visible. And my husband assures me that it is only the flash that makes it look as if you can see right through the shirt. He would have told me if my boobs were on display all day.
It's a 5/10. One of the things I'm hoping to accomplish with this 30 day challenge is to discover some 'go to' outfits for situations like these- combinations that I can throw in a suitcase without thinking because I know they work. This fell short of the mark but I'd like to try the same two pieces together again and see if I can add some spark to this outfit.