WritersFest Day 1: Help me choose W2W

Remember last year's WritersFest threads? You were all so incredibly helpful to me as I struggled with an almost bare closet. I had next to no money, next to no clothes, and a lot of public appearances. http://youlookfab.com/welookfa.....-pic-heavy

and http://youlookfab.com/welookfa.....-days-23-4

and http://youlookfab.com/welookfa.....ritersfest

This year, lucky me, I have a lot of appearances again, but thanks to YLF and my new job, I also have a few more clothes -- and many more that I like and that fit me! ;-)

Having said that, I'm still not in closet nirvana. So if I appear to stumble, sometimes it's because I'm doing the best I can with what I've got.

Keeping that in mind, please help me decide on the following outfits.

Day 1:

a). An afternoon reading and discussion of my work at the local seniors' centre. My goal is to come across as approachable and warm yet professional. The audience, of course, will be elderly.

I'm wearing my cowl neck smoke coloured jersey dress with leopard print layering tank underneath, my taupe glen plaid jackets, nude microfishnets, and dark taupe DV booties. Okay?

P.S. Forecast is light rain so I might have my black trench overtop.

2. Evening event. First, a cocktail reception at the local theatre for authors and patrons, followed by a reading and discussion by Michael Ondaatje and Teju Cole. I am meeting and mingling during the cocktail reception, and simply in the audience for the latter part of the evening.

I have two choices here. Cut out shoulder tunic top and midi in black, or lace top and the same midi, with my black crepe jacket for evening chill.

I could also wear the same thing I wore last year, but I think it might be nice to wear something different.

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  • Suz replied 9 years ago

    Hmm. Wondering if the DV booties are too heavy for the dress/jacket combo. I could try the Reports instead? Or other footwear.

  • cinnamon fern replied 9 years ago

    How is #1 without the layering tank underneath?

  • replied 9 years ago

    Suz, I've spent a lot of time with the elderly, and I think the first outfit will be a little drab for them, and I don't think they will undertand the booties with the skirt. I'd recommend something more colorful, or at least add a colorful scarf or some noticeable jewelry. I do think they would love the leopard pumps!

    Both evening outfits are great. For this event, I prefer the second evening outfit.

  • K. Period. replied 9 years ago

    Oh my gosh, Suz. That last picture just made for a sharp intake of breath. You look fantastic. I love that combo and that you can take the jacket off and show the lovely back of your top. It is beautiful!

    One comment on the first outfit. This is totally crazy, but... I probably wouldn't wear nude fishnets to the senior center. I know it sounds odd, but I've noticed that gentlemen of a certain age make certain assumptions when they see fishnets. I've worn dark double fishnets over purple tights, so really very covered and much more like a woven tights appearance, and received inappropriate comments from fellows who apparently had a fishnet thing going on. We all see them as perfectly respectable and perfectly appropriate anymore, but some fellows do not. I don't usually change my dress to accommodate what I consider boorish and inappropriate behavior on the part of guys, but I would probably do it here just avoid the issue. Now, of course, that assumes that both the lighting and their eyesight will be good enough that they will be able to tell you are wearing fishnets, so maybe it doesn't matter!

  • catgirl replied 9 years ago

    Totally agree with Alicat and kcs. You look so stunning in that last outfit! And I like the booties so much on you.

  • Angie replied 9 years ago

    #8 is:

    KILLER to the power of KILLER. Really. You can wear black, girlfriend!

    Also love #6.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 9 years ago

    I actually like the first outfit but would be interested in seeing it with the Reports as well. Is the layering tank a necessity or just something nice yo add underneath for interest? If it's not necessary, I might be prone to go without it. I think the cowl would still provide modest coverage and then you could add a colourful or funky necklace.

    I love the last outfit with the lace top. Absolutely stunning on you!

  • Caro in Oz replied 9 years ago

    In reverse order. Wow - I love the grey lace top out fit - you look more arty in that than the black imo & the fit is fab. When I read your description of it the textures/colours in #1 it sounds wonderful & enough without any additions but when I look at the pic it's as though there is something missing. I do think it projects everything you want so I'm not sure what it is I see - maybe it is just the picture not pick up the textures.

  • Suz replied 9 years ago

    Thanks, all!

    It sounds as if I might be back to the drawing board with #1 outfit. I had wondered about booties for the seniors. On the other hand, I also want to be "me" and somewhat current.

    The layering tank is sort of a necessity, yes, because the cowl Vs too low for my bony chest. Doesn't look nice at all without some cover up. My regular camisoles don't come up high enough to serve the purpose, alas, though I could try them again. I could wear the leopard pumps with this but I don't think it looks as good - plus with rain, I don't know how their fuzzy little hearts would manage!

    Colourful, you think, Ali? I don't know. I live in a limestone city. Around here we are all soft and grey and muted... ;-) I have been to visit this centre and everybody is wearing soft pastels. But maybe the smartest thing to do would be to think about the kind of dress or outfit my MOTHER would like to see on me.

    Or maybe not. She happens to LOVE booties!!

  • Suz replied 9 years ago

    Whoa - I just realized that Angie gave me my first K to the power of K!!!!!


    You KNOW which outfit I am wearing, right???

    It's nice, too, because I have already worn the tunic outfit in the summer to another appearance and the lace top would be getting its first outing.

  • merwoman replied 9 years ago

    You look gorgeous in all of them. Glad you are wearing 8 to the reception. And I love you in outfit 1 - but do appreciate that maybe a bit more sparkle may be needed since you are the main attraction.

  • Ann in New England replied 9 years ago

    I work with a lot of authors. You will be the best dressed writer there in any of these outfits!

    I do agree about the fishnets at the Senior Center, though. I can just hear my grandmother now....

  • Suz replied 9 years ago

    Hose are going to be a problem. It's going to be too cool and wet for bare legs (I think) and yet too warm for opaque tights. And I don't own any trousers except jeans which feel too casual, and one pair of black skinnies which feel too....dark.

  • Ariadne replied 9 years ago

    Can we see #1 with a plain layering cami underneath and both the leopard shoes and the Marks? The sheer patterned tank competes with the dress, for me.

  • Ariadne replied 9 years ago

    Okay, I just went and looked at your outfits from last year (I was away from the forum then, so I hadn't seen those before)--wow, have you come a long way! Your recent outfit pics are light years ahead of what you posted then. I bow down! Your haircut alone makes such an immense difference in your look. No WAY are you 53. NO WAY. Not possible.

    And no need to apologize or fret about not having achieved closet nirvana. You're completely rocking what you've got.

  • sarah replied 9 years ago

    Suz, you look FAB as always. Here are few comments - I'm not feeling the tank under the cowl in the first outfit. Can you leave it off? I love both evening outfits, and Angie has spoken, although I would have selected a more delicate shoe with the lace. But, heck, you can't really beat K^K, right?

  • shevia replied 9 years ago

    Wow I love your last outfit, but I also think you look great in the black cut-out dress, for another occasion. Now as for the seniors, you have received some interesting pointers that I would not have thought of regarding fishnets, colors, etc. I think you should wear what you will feel your best in - it is a fine line between situation appropriate and feeling confident and good about yourself sometimes! Not sure I can agree all seniors see things the same way anyhow.

  • Suz replied 9 years ago

    Thanks, Ariadne! Actually, I got the haircut right before last year's WritersFest. So I was already a bit spiffed up by then. But when I posted the possible outfits I hadn't had it.

    I'll try the dress tomorrow with a plain cami - I see the pattern gets a mixed response. Kari liked it and I quite like it, took (IRL, anyway) but most others have not liked it. But I have a few other ideas for the Seniors reading that I will play with and try to get more pics tomorrow. My poor photographer (daughter) thinks I am INSANE.

  • Joy replied 9 years ago

    Having spent more time than I'd like in senior centers, I know that most are probably looking at you through cataracts, so like some color. Since you plan to wear MICRO fishnets in nude, I think you are fine. Most won't identify them as fishnets since their eyesight won't be up to it. They will also not be the black ones they associate with burlesque. You could just add a scarf to #1
    You look amazing in everything.

  • Suz replied 9 years ago

    Thanks Sarah and Joy and Shevia. These are all good points. I am going to do a little more closet play and see what I can find. As usual, the combo of weather, situation, and comfort will require a delicate balancing act with what is actually in the closet! I tend to agree that microfishnets will pass unnoticed. They are almost invisible on my skin. If it's warm enough I'll just go without anything. But if I need something, I need something.

  • lyn67 replied 9 years ago

    I vote first(booties and all!!) and last one!
    Those are K2K!!!:-))
    (and, what a difference from last year your pixie do!!!):-))

  • Jamie replied 9 years ago

    I absolutely love #8!!

  • replied 9 years ago

    I absolutely LOVE 2-8. Congratulations on your first K2!!!!

    For #1, I understand the bony decolletage problem as I am a member of that team too, but somehow the neckline looks too crowded to me, especially with the blazer on top. Could you wear a black tank top back-to-front to make it a bit higher? Or pile on some pearls? Or wear a leopard (ahem) scarf? I'm also craving a bit of contrast here, like a black jacket and your black lace-up Docs.

  • BethL replied 9 years ago

    Suz, you look absolutely fantastic in the lace top (5-8)! Made of awesome. I think you've gotten enough input on what you'll wear to the senior's event, so I don't think you need me to add anymore. I had to laugh at what you said about living in a limestone city where you are all soft and grey/gray and muted. My SO is also from Ontario, and that sounds exactly like something he would say. Wish we could be in the audience with the seniors when you read your poetry. We'd liven things up!

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