I love it when things come together serendipitously. Not by design, no planning involved; just by random chance. That’s what you see in this photo. While I planned to shoot this look in the streets of downtown Sacramento, I had no idea this fiercely painted (and color-coordinated) wall existed. I set out driving in search of an alleyway and instead giddily stumbled upon this “dressed to match” mural with just enough light to get in a few good shots before the sun went down.
If you follow me on Instagram then you might already know the story behind this outfit and how it was in the running as one of my proposed looks for the 500-person black tie event that I produced last month (photos from which I’ll be sharing next week!). I ended up choosing this dress from Rent the Runway, but the navy, black and grey plaid skirt from Nordstrom Rack was just too fun not to play dress-up with. There’s also the fact that it has pockets, which I love.
To balance its floor-grazing fullness, I paired the Eliza J skirt (a less than $50 clearance find) with a fitted sleeveless high-neck black top and accessorized with a diamond-studded collar necklace. I opted for the half-up topknot and smokey eyes to keep the look edgy and playful and further emphasized that sentiment with my favorite Via Spiga heels from TJ Maxx.
With the holidays just around the corner, this look would be perfect for a cocktail party or New Year’s Eve soiree. Or, if you feel like being a little more funky, you could pair the skirt with a half-tucked-in lightweight grey sweater (like this), a chunky crystal statement necklace (like this) and velvet burgundy pointed toe booties (like these, these or these) or hot pink booties (like these, which I’m totally eyeing right now). Another option would be a black cropped top (like this, this or this), large crystal chandelier earrings (these would be perfect) and strappy black heels (like the ones I linked below). Whatever your preference—whether it’s simple and classic or edgy and daring—donning a full bodied floor-length skirt is a fun alternative to the traditional little black dress. I dare you to give it a try!
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