Sunday, January 23, 2011

Speed Accessorising

This past Friday, I went through a 21st century rite of passage for singletons…that’s right I went speed dating. It was actually quite fun and the organisers formatted it as a pub quiz, so I got to show potential beaux the wealth of random knowledge I hold in my pretty little head.

So Thursday and Friday evening were spent pondering the eternal question - What does one wear to these things? There is a fine balance to these things...

The base of the outfit was an LBD from H&M – I actually own this dress in 5 different guises and find it is absolutely brilliant for accessorizing and dressing up/down. It’s a simple baby doll cut dress with a scoop neck and elbow length sleeves. Worn with black tights and my pewter mary janes.

Accessories? Oh god. Name Necklace? Scarf? Cocktail ring? Chandelier earrings? Which handbag?

I decided against a necklace – the scoop neck on the dress draws more than enough attention to my décolletage.  I decided to go for a pair of gold drop earrings that my mom bought me a few years ago. I like drops because they draw attention to your neck/shoulders and I have been told these are some of my nicer bits.

I then stacked two gold rings on top of one another. The main reason for the stacking is that one of them is a little too big for my fingers. The top ring is actually Avon costume and the other is a ruby ring from my parents that I received for Christmas a few years ago.

Handbag? My normal everyday is a black Marc by Marc Jacobs, which my lovely and gorgeous friend, Janice waxed lyrical about on her blog. I have a rather large handbag collection, but generally Marcy is the one that is taken out for a twirl. For speed-dating I opted for a ladylike Italian leather forest green clutch in forest green and suede gloves to match.

The Avon ring, clutch, and gloves all came via my aunt’s mother-in-law. She had some absolutely amazing pieces and I love wearing and using them as it makes me think of Maria and her amazing fashion sense. I added a touch of green eyeshadow to the outside corners of my eyes to tie it all together.

It seems the outfit and my pub quiz knowledge charmed as I have a date already! 

Now...what am I going to wear?

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