It’s about this time of year that wardrobe thoughts may extend to the party season.
If you’re lucky enough to have parties – or a race day – to attend, that is.
I like to get smart about these thoughts. I’m less likely to covet a frock (and it’s always a frock) that will do just one event. I like to know that a frock will suit the first event I have in mind but that it will also get back up and out of the wardrobe again for a different event.
It’s the kind of advice that especially applies if you are heading off to the races this spring carnival. You want that race day dress to work its magic for the day but then to reinvent itself for a Christmas party, yes?
I believe I’ve found one such dress that will do just that. Especially if Derby Day (November 3) is pencilled into your event calendar. Derby Day is traditionally the race day where black and white are worn. This year that will be so easy for everyone to pull off as that monochrome trend I keep banging on about – and embracing – is well and truly entrenched in the season.
This dress is in my favourite style – the shift – I’m wearing a size 16 so it skims my hips but still works up top too. The length is just right on me too, landing at the top of my knees (I’m 167cm) and it’s cool and comfortable to wear. The fabric is a cupro (reprocessed rayon) and viscose mix.
I first came across the relatively new Australian label Mossee when
trawling the internet researching for this post about how to wear a maxi skirt. I love that the label’s design aesthetic is all about simple elegance.
These are the kind of pieces that you can add to your wardrobe, safe in the knowledge that they’ll work very well for you now but also into the future.
Let’s take a look, shall we?
Mossee two-tone dress $189.95
Mossee dress* | Prada sunglasses (US purchase last year) | Red Phoenix Emporium earrings | Mogil clutch (a gift from two girlfriends that keeps on giving) | Nicholas heels (bought on the cheap via Shopbop … I have nude in same style and love)
Taking this dress from this party look to the races is as simple as adding a hat or fascinator. Stick with black and white headwear or choose to work in an accent colour. On Derby Day it’s strictly black and white but for any of the other race days, all bets are off … pun very much intended.
Oh and I’m very much in favour of the colour panelling in this dress. Those white side panels work all kinds of magic to create an illusion of a more narrow torso than that with which I’ve been blessed.
Got any parties coming up over the next couple of months? What about the races? Are you going to any of the spring carnival events?
* This garment was sent to me for editorial consideration