This month’s Petite Fashion Challenge, hosted by Khatu of I am Khatu, is:
From Night to Day: Restyle a glamorous look that you would typically wear for a night-out-on-the-town into daytime casual wear.
This was one of the more difficult challenges for me because, well, I don’t dress glamorously! I’m always at a loss for what to wear to fancy parties (not that I go to many), and when the time calls for dressing up, I usually end up in some last minute outfit that looks more business casual than glamorous.
So, I took the liberty of interpreting glamorous for my lifestyle. A night out on the town for me would be dinner, and maybe a few drinks at a low-key wine bar or lounge. I’m fidgety in dresses and skirts, so I much prefer wearing pants. A boyfriend blazer would be a better choice for some glam, but since I don’t own one, my trusty shrunken Theory will have to do. Where I added “glam” was with a sequin shell, which I just picked up from J.Crew recently (more on it later). I know what you’re thinking…sequin shells are glam? Since I’ve never owned sequins before, this little shell feels incredibly sparkly for my wardrobe, which is typically full of tweeds and collared shirts. I finished off the outfit with long, dangly necklaces, and Loubies. It’s not “oh my” glam, but I’d certainly feel sparkly sipping on a glass of red wine in a trendy neighborhood.
I know, sad excuse for glamor, and what this tells me is I seem to be heading the way of Kris Jenner with her lady tuxedos (she wears those things everywhere!). I like my daytime look much better…
Since my “glam” look was so casual to start with, it’s easy to convert for daytime. I switched out the blazer for a loose fit, menswear style cardigan, and switched into shoes in a more daytime color. This outfit easily looks like I woke up, hazy after a bit too much wine, tossed on last night’s clothes which were probably heaped in a pile on the floor, and met friends for lunch.
Detail via Instagram:
As for the sequin shell, it’s the J.Crew Drapey Sequin Tank in “Natural”, in size xx-small. With so many ladies popping up on their blogs in cute little sequin skirts, I was itching for some shine of my very own. I’m not a skirt girl, so instead, I decided to go the sequin shell route, thinking it would look cute layered under cardigans and blazers. So far, so good.
It fits loose around my waist (hence the “drapey” part of it’s name) and is a bit long (it’s folded under in the photos), but fits well at the bust and most surprisingly, is very high in the arm holes. No side bra peek-through made this a keeper for me, especially at the sale price with holiday discount codes.
**Sale Alert** I just found out today that J.Crew is having 40% off final sale items in stores. I forgot to look at the price of these sequin shells, but I’m sure it’s less than online. I also picked up a few of these cute honeycomb sweaters, which come to $23.99 after the discount in store. Here is a fitting room pic, and some color close-ups.
Be sure to check out the rest of the Petite Fashion Challenge participants, listed over at I am Khatu.
Nighttime Outfit Details: Theory “Amanda B.” Blazer, size 00 :: J.Crew Drapey Sequin Tank, size xxs :: AG Adriano Goldschmied pants, size 24 (post) (hemmed & waist taken in) :: Christian Louboutin Simple 85 Pumps, size 35
Daytime Outfit Details: Banana Republic Cardigan, size xxsp (post) :: J.Crew Drapey Sequin Tank, size xxs :: AG Adriano Goldschmied pants, size 24 (post) (hemmed & waist taken in) :: Cole Haan shoes, size 5 (similar)