So what to wear. I'm feeling and thinking spring but it's going to be overcast with rain off and on and I sure don't want to be cold. So I got out a few things to try on and evaluate. As I always do, I shopped my closet and tried on some things.
Since Saturday will be around 70 degrees I've decided to wear this long coral 4-ply shirt dress for the Friday night events. The fabric says dressy but I also plan on accessorizing it with a belt and jewelry that say "evening" instead of this daytime styling. Since I'm still not walking in heels, how about these pretty embroidered suede flats I found at a Laura Ashley outlet store over 20 years ago for $9. At that price I bought two pair since I figured the suede was going to be hard to keep clean. I've managed to keep the suede clean by being careful and using a non-toxic, made in the USA product called Quick N Brite to clean any dirt that a suede brush didn't remove and also clean the embroidery. A solution of that stuff will safely clean most anything. It removed raspberry stains from tan cotton pants I wore to pick raspberries after wearing them for 6 hours past getting many stains. I soaked them overnight - stains were gone. Don't use it on silk however since it's a protein eater - great on spider poop that they leave all over the outside of your windowsills though. On suede I use a damp washcloth to gently clean the dirty places and then go over the place with one wetted with plain water to wipe any residue away.
|Photo taken March 2010|
Next what to wear for the Saturday meetings? I don't want to dress too casual or summery for the first weekend in March. I wear a jacket inside hotels because they are always cold, so how about this great black and white stretch cotton sateen jacket? Don't you love the hot pink lining! I like it with this Gunex stretch cotton skirt and a simple black top in stretch silk crepe, but that's too cool and summery looking for this time of year. So instead, I'm pairing it with this Shamask bias 4-ply silk dress with cap sleeves that is both comfortable and elegant looking with or without a jacket. Next what to wear for the formal banquet on Saturday night. Like Scarlett, I'm going to worry about that tomorrow.