On Wednesdays We Wear…

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What’s the first thing you think of when you’re invited to a party? If you’re like me, you’re probably saying, “what am I going to wear?” … which inevitably leads to, “what do I get to buy?”

Themed parties, though, complicate things a little. How do you stay festive, while also remaining true to your style and aesthetic? It can be tricky.

A New York Love Affair :: On Wednesdays We Wear

So when I was invited to La Nuit en Rose New York by Lexicon of Style, I was thrilled. Not only was it a booze cruise around the city of Manhattan … it’s one that involves rose, food and fashion. The only problem? The instructions: wear pink.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love pink. But I just bought (and wore) this luscious DVF number for a wedding and couldn’t repeat it so soon (if for no other reason than I’d have nothing to blog about! #bloggerproblems)

Then I remembered I had picked up this Eliza J dress a few months at Nordstrom Rack. And while it wasn’t ALL pink, I had a pink blazer to throw over it. Viola! A pink-themed outfit that is still me.

A New York Love Affair :: On Wednesdays We Wear

Dress: Eliza J (love this & this version) | Blazer: Express (similar) | Bag: Michael Kors | Shoes: Aldo | Bracelet: J.Crew | Watch: Marc Jacobs | Earrings: Wantable | Rings: Aldo

A New York Love Affair :: On Wednesdays We Wear

What about themed parties where you need a costume? Now that’s a different animal entirely. The best way to get through your next themed party — and this is going to sound weird coming from me — is by resisting the temptation to shop.

Shop your own closet and find something that works. Chances are, after the creative juices get flowing a little bit, you’ll be able to put something together that works for the theme and is still very much a representation of you. There’s nothing worse than going out to buy something for a party that you will never wear again. Closet space is too precious for that.

A New York Love Affair :: On Wednesdays We Wear

A New York Love Affair :: On Wednesdays We Wear

A New York Love Affair :: On Wednesdays We Wear

But if you ever come across the theme “pink chic”, and you DON’T have any pink items to wear, you absolutely have my blessing to go pick yourself up something to wear ;-)

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20 Comments

  • Reply July 14, 2015

    Adaleta

    I love pink & I actually don’t have too much of it. I’m glad you found this outfit in your closet because it’s absolutely INCREDIBLE! I am absolutely loving this look & you and your boy look phenomenal in that bottom pictures. It’s a miracle if I ever get a picture of my boyfriend & me because he’s not about that photography life. Themed parties aren’t really a thing for me…and my thing I mean no one invites me to them. In college, there were obviously themed parties but I usually made or borrowed pieces to make an outfit. Nowadays, I don’t have any themed parties so I’ve never run into an issue before but if I need some help I WILL definitely reach out to you because I can’t put a themed outfit together to SAVE my life! xx

  • Reply July 14, 2015

    Cori

    Great dress! Love all the color–oh and those shoes!! Swoon! :)

  • Reply July 14, 2015

    Samantha

    That sounds like a super fun event and I’m super jealous! And you look amazing in that outfit. I’m loving pink on everyone this season.. It seriously looks good on everyone!

  • Reply July 14, 2015

    Mary Krosnjar

    You are back and looking fab lady! The dress is perfection especially when paired with that blazer! Have a great day!

    Sportsanista

  • Reply July 14, 2015

    Amanda

    Love that you are posting more work outfits – really a great inspiration for me!! And this outfit is so adorable & chic. I love it!! <3
    xoxo,
    Amanda | http://www.TheChambrayBunny.com

  • Reply July 14, 2015

    Nickie

    Loving the entire ensemble! Want those shoes, I must go get them! And the classic MK Selma is always great. But mostly loving the floral print on that dress!!

    xoxo, Nickie of http://www.nickieanddime.com

  • Reply July 14, 2015

    Darcy

    Gorgeous! Love how you made the look your own, and sounds like a fun event!!
    http://www.amemoryofus.com

  • Reply July 14, 2015

    Victoria Norris

    I love how you stayed true to your own personal style while still fitting the bill for the party! Great ideas, girlfriend!

  • Reply July 14, 2015

    Brenda

    Missed you girl! I know how moving is. It took me about a month to get adjusted. Glad you are back! I love this outfit – it’s so summer! The pink jacket is perfection.

    What a great event – apparently they have them in LA too! I am going to have to do more research on such events :)

    xoxo
    Brenda
    À LA PLAGE style

  • Reply July 15, 2015

    Cailyn

    Totally in love with your style! I also have been dying over a MK purse but I just can’t afford it quite yet!
    I am also obsessed with your blog layout! I’ll be stopping by more often <3

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