Keeping it real: the school function outfit

Nikki Parkinson Everyday Style 39 Comments

Sometimes for my everyday I have to dress up a little bit more. I have to leave my corner of the lounge room, put in a bit more effort and head out to the big wide world.

Because I live at the beach the dress code is still pretty casual even if it’s a dress-up affair, which is good and bad. It’s tricky to get that fine line of smart in your casual. Don’t you think?

Last Friday, my eldest son, was inducted as a leader at his high school. I wasn’t missing that teering-up moment for anything. He kept offering me an out (it’s SO not cool, having your parents visit at high school. Not cool at all.) but I didn’t take it.

Secretly, I think he really wanted me there. He just wasn’t letting on.

So, what to wear for the ceremony and morning tea following?

1. It was pretty humid and we were going to be sitting in a big sports hanger without aircon, so I needed something that didn’t bring on the sweaty stuff in places you prefer to remain fresh.

2. Did you think I had abandoned my love of black this summer? No. Not a chance. The dress below is a perfect summer black as it’s lightweight, slightly structured but airy at the same time.

3. I’d been given this gorgeous dusty pink draped maxi vest before Christmas by the lovely people at St. Frock and hadn’t had a chance to wear it because I’d rarely been out of my swimsuit. It seemed like the perfect time to bring her out really.

keeping it real school event fashion

Original and Mineral | Benefit (in store in Australia this month) | Illamasqua | Soul Diva Boutique | Verily | St. Frock | Country Road

What are you wearing today? What are you up to today? Why not post your everyday outfit photo on my Facebook page?

PS. Yesterday afternoon I blogged about geek chic iPad covers over at Justb. Come and have a look-see.

 

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  1. Congrats on your son being recognised as a Leader. Well done to him. And of course you couldn’t miss that moment. I would have been in the front row. That’s a great outfit for a school function. Clean, fresh, neat and tidy, nothing for your son to be embarrassed about.

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  2. While I don’t yet have the need for a school function outfit – I do have a fabulous non-iron (if you hang it right after washing) ready to wear number from Verily that I absolutely flog to death. You know the one I’m talking about (navy stripe maxi). I bought it after seeing it right here.

    Congrats on job well done with your son. And glad to hear your bloggie-hacker stresses have been resolved.

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  3. Congrats to your son – what an achievement!!

    Your comment about you loving your shoes but your husband hating them made me laugh. I have items in my wardrobe that I adore but my fiance just doesn’t “get”.

    I’d love to see a post about the items of clothing that women love but their partners despise!!

  4. For some reason I just cannot picture you looking “daggy” ever. Never ever ever.
    You have a killer eye for accessorising. It’s something that I really stuggle with, but you rock it very well.

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  5. You’re baaaaack! Yaaaaay! you poor thing, your stress levels must have been through the roof. I absolutely love that necklace, I’ve never been to soul diva, I should have a peek!

    As for me, I’m wearing a sky-blue minidress I bought in Harajuku, teamed with a black cotton Mix top I bought at Coles for $3. Kmart shoes, black flower in my hair. And a smile 🙂

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  6. Great tips… I was just thinking this morning that I need a new fabulous non-iron-wear-everywhere-dress that could be dressed up or down. I am heading back to work mid Feb and ‘need’ some new things to make me look more ‘Teacher’ than ‘Mum-on-a-school-run’….

    Love the necklace too. Gosh I am glad I found you! All inspired… Thanks!

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  7. The vest is lovely, but I called St Frock and they haven’t stocked it for quite a while unfortunately, what a shame! Looks great, lovely outfit!

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      Sorry Nadia … it was from last year. Most clothes I feature on the Keeping it Real posts won’t necessarily be still available. Most are from my wardrobe. The Model and Me posts will start again soon and they will feature things available now.

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  8. How bizzarre thats almost exactly the outfit Im wearing today for the first day back at school! Except my dress is longer and my vest is smaller and my necklace is shells………but same colours etc………..that makes me feel so stylish to see it okayed by a stylist like you 😉 x

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  9. As always Nikki – gorgeous!

    You inspire me to make more of an effort … Most days. Not today though. Not well, and nothing I would do, even if I had the energy, would make any difference. So it’s a sunglasses day for me, and laying in bed otherwise.

    Don’t you love those days when your hair behaves? It usually happens for me when I’m off to the hairdressers because the previous week my hair has not behaved!

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      You can imagine the effort I’ve put into today’s outfit given I’ve been up all night and stressing all morning about my blog! I look a picture!
      And re the hair … if only we had a calendar that told us when it would behave!!

  10. oh you are back, phew! so pleased…

    what! you don’t’ wear them just to annoy him? I would 😉

    love the little black dress…never fails, especially with a scarf..

    I love the pulling the hair out from the bun thing, used it more than once, though really nowadays my hair hardly ever makes it out of a messy bun

    x

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      Oh, yes I DO wear them to annoy them. I hates most of shoe collection and would prefer me walking around in pointy stilettos! That ain’t happening!! Thanks … stressful morning but feel better now!

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