Dress to Impress: Alexander McQueen Kimono See the Entire Outfit!


Kimono Outfit


Alexander McQueen Abstract Floral Print Kimono Gown (Front & Back): $3,147.75
Jimmy Choo Hoops Lace-Up Leather Pump in Red: $950.00
Givenchy Antigona Leather Evening Envelope Clutch Bag in Black: $1,395.00
Manolo Blahnik Gothisi Satin Buckle Clutch Bag in Red: $1,595.00

*All of these can be found at NeimanMarcus.com*

I adore this Alexander McQueen kimono that I found while perusing NeimanMarcus.com!  I absolutely love the Japanese and Asian cultures so when I find a piece that pays homage to these cultures, I just have to have it!  Alexander McQueen has outdone itself with the abstract floral print kimono both in its practicality and luxury.

I chose the Jimmy Choo pump because I wanted a pop of color at the feet.  Of course, you could wear black as well, but I love these Jimmy Choo Hoops Lace-Up Leather Pump because they are almost as interesting as the kimono itself.  I created this outfit to be a conversation piece and no boring pump was going to do!

I love both the Givenchy and Manolo Blahnik clutch evening bags.  Either one would go beautifully with the kimono because neither one would overshadow it.

This outfit is perfect for the symphony.  It’s also perfect for an upscale party to benefit the symphony, ballet, or a charity.  You would certainly be the talk of the party in this ensemble.  The number of occasions for this outfit are limitless as it is so stylish, you’ll want to wear it everywhere!

When putting pieces together, think about where you want them to standout. Like in the outfit above, the kimono and shoes take center stage while the clutches (either one) take a back seat.  You may find a more neutral outfit where you want to showcase your bag instead.  Other outfits demand that your shoes be on display.  Take each piece separately and determine its place within in the outfit.  That is the best way to not overdo it.

Monotone Gray Jacket & Skirt With a Cream Cashmere Sweater & Silver Embellishments


Gray Jacket & Skirt
(Photo © 2015 Ian Anderson)

Some may say that monotone outfits are boring.  Obviously, they are not pulling together the right pieces to make the outfit interesting.  This gray and white outfit contains plenty of visual interest.  Of course, the primary pieces are gray: the jacket and the skirt.  However, by adding a cashmere sweater with silver embellishment near the neckline, the eye is drawn upward   Another beautifully interesting detail is the ruching on the jacket.  It begins three quarters down each side of the jacket and continues around the neck.  The ruching comes in the form of long pleats that gives the jacket plenty of character.  The outfit is finished with a wide black belt.

This is one of my favorite fall/winter outfits because it is not too heavy to wear.  I live in North Florida where it does not get too cold so wearing a lightly warm sweater and jacket is ideal.  Where would I wear this?  I would wear it to professional lunch meetings, after work drinks with colleagues, and professional or civic meetings.  The possibilities are endless as the outfit is appropriate for almost occasion.

Don’t let the monochrome scare you!  I have put enough visual interest into this outfit to break up the monotone and create an truly special outfit.  Try it for yourself!  There are so many choices that you can use to make an outfit like this work: another color or two; more embellishments; a scarf; jewelry; colored tights; and brightly colored shoes that complement the outfit.  The choices are almost endless.

Explore. Use various trends.  Try new things.  But above all, see what works for you!  You may find that you love dressing in monochrome colors and then adding and subtracting various accoutrements from the outfit.  Make it fun!  After all, fashion was meant for exploration of one’s own proclivities and penchants for style.