Time to catch up on a subject I have embarrassingly left fallow on here: Tidbits about fashion. Or, at least this time around, tidbits about clothing that you can get some mileage out of. A question for all of you: Do you tend to wear clothing that could be well suited for spring or summer into the fall? And more germane to the below photo, do you tend to buy something usually more suited for the warmer months but are not found in the markdown racks at at least 50% off? Those questions were percolating in my mind when I spotted this Liz Claiborne display at JCPenney over the weekend. Note the floral patterns on the shirts at center and right. Usually, when you think “floral patterns on clothing,” you’d presume they would be only for the warmer months. But the colors featured on this shirt are clearly not as bright as you’d expect for a floral pattern. Not that color or pattern would matter when you’re in need of a casual top to wear. Oh, this is definitely casual in style, perfect for cleaning house, running errands, or just lounging and relaxing with friends.
Since it’s coming up on the holiday season, one’s mind starts to think about something classy to wear at a Thanksgiving soiree. Another item I spotted at JCPenney seems to give a classy vibe. This is a Worthington suede blazer (faux suede, of course), with front draping that gives it a loose feel yet appears meant to compliment a classy shirt or slacks. And in autumnal colors, it will be a perfect topper for whatever Thanksgiving outfit you have in mind.
If you’re like me, you want to get a lot of mileage in the clothing you purchase. That goes double for a classy piece of clothing. Elegant dresses, lovely blouses, or eye-catching skirts don’t grow on trees, of course, so if we are paying huge coin for something fashionable, we want to make sure it’ll be entering and exiting our closet numerous times. Those of us in the wear-something-more-than-once brigade have a confirmed friend in Tiffany Haddish. Last weekend, Haddish guest hosted Saturday Night Live, the first female comic of color to do so. (She did a pretty good job, too.) During her opening monologue, she stepped out onto Studio 8H in this absolutely gorgeous Alexander McQueen dress.
As Tiffany mentions, she had indeed worn this dress to the premiere of the motion picture Girls Trip last summer. Sure enough, here’s a side-by-side comparison (photo source here), with the only real difference to this eye being the style of hair and addition of arm bangles (presumably during the SNL dress rehearsal).
Despite the advisories from her crew that wearing a red carpet dress a second time is taboo, Tiffany said “to heck with that.” And I have to agree. If you’ve got a $4,000 Alexander McQueen dress in your wardrobe, you are definitely not going to wear it just once. And that’s what Tiffany did on SNL too, wearing this very same dress in a cameo during the Weekend Update segment, just as she had promised in her monologue. That’s the attitude, Tiffany! Go on and wear it to that church service, party, supermarket run, or wherever you want. It’s a $4,000 dress, so make as many statements as you’d like with it.