Nothing to wear for the Big Day? Don't know how to take your usual look from casual to party?
I've got some tips from a real expert - Claire Kennedy of Sewing Artistry - who offers her brilliant ideas on how to take plain to fancy - real fast!
Claire is an expert in sewing, fashion and design and teaches her very logical and straightforward methods both in person and online.
If you want to really learn about 'fit' or anything to do with creating your own 'couture' check out her website.
My favorite of all the transitional looks is the Little Black dress. Wear it with a tailored jacket to the office and you look totally appropriate; take off the jacket, add a glitzy scarf and you're all set. If your scarves have a tendency to fall off pin it in place. I like to pin up high on the left side, catching in your bra strap, and it won't move all night.
Another version of this is merely to take off your jacket and treat yourself to a glitzy necklace and/or earrings for the same effect.
Wearing separates is so freeing - you can wear one classic top or bottom and exchange the other for a glitzy piece. Like wearing a solid color top with a classic skirt then changing out the top for a shiny piece (a very cool knit with some sparkle in it is perfect for this look). You can do this in so many ways... a classic solid skirt and top can be dressed up with a glitzy knit, even plain leggings can be dressed up this way. A classic skirt with plain white blouse lid skirt and top to change out top or classic skirt with a classic white blouse adding some long earrings or a big clunky shiny necklace.
A classic white shirt goes with everything....work it as a longer top with pants. If it's long enough wear with leggings; remember leggings are not pants and
require longer tops. Dress up with festive shiny jewelry, bracelets too, and a colorful belt and voila, you are ready for an evening out.
It's easy to change out a work top for one that's frilly or softer and show a little more skin. This always sets a more festive and party feeling to an outfit.
Visit your local department store to do a Chanel-type search - longer chains with pearls; chokers (the older we get he clunkier we can get) and earrings that shine and are long.
Whatever you do keep all your jewelry in proportion and follow style - that means if you elect to have a more demure necklace don't do chandelier earrings. If you have a clunky necklace go just as bold with the earrings (and I like clunky bracelets with this look too). Allow your jewelry to balance.
Accessories, Accessories, Accessories - changing from the classic pump at work (or errand-running) to a great pair of red or other brightly-jewel-toned shoe (or even leopard skin) is a great way to dress up an outfit.
This goes for scarves and belts too and a change in purses even is a great way to change out an outfit from casual to party-time.