When I got dressed for dinner this past Saturday, I had no idea that I would be posing for an outfit post. I mean, Mark and I had a full day – yoga, lunch with a dear family member, visiting the EMP Museum (music, sic-fi, pop culture), and then collapsing onto the sofa for a long nap. When we finally woke up (two alarms later), we had minutes to get ready for our dinner reservation at a favorite Seattle restaurant, Serafina.
These are often the times that I am most inspired. Expectations are low – I twisted my hair up in a messy up-do. Even if that weren’t the case, I can comfort myself with the wise words of one of my idols:
“If you make a mistake in what you put together, the fashion police are not going to haul you into jail.” – Iris Apfel
In actuality, I quite liked this outfit of the night (#ootn)!
In Seattle right now, the sun sets past 9:00 p.m. As you can see, it was still quite light out, as was the day a constant shift from bright sun to cloud cover and intermittent clouds – typical summer weather here. And so, my choice for the evening was a lightweight strappy maxi sundress in a floral pattern…
and I layered it – layers are your friend in these parts – with a summer-weight ivory cashmere cropped sweater (hidden) and a suede cropped jacket.
With this, I wore platform gladiator sandals, which I don’t wear very often, since they are are pretty high: 4 3/4″ with a 1/2″ platform (121 mm., 12.5 mm. platform). But I had to keep this dress off the ground, and they are actually quite comfortable because of the platform.
Dress and cashmere sweater – old / Jacket – BCBG / Sandals – Joan & David
One feature I especially like about this outfit is how the jacket comes up higher in the back than in the front. I feel it really suits the cut of the dress, in which the hem is lower in back. I also love the fact that the lower hem in back is subtle – not too drastic.
It actually looks to be a flamenco style, which is exactly what I feel like dancing when I wear it.
In spite of the fact that I can vouch for Serafina being one of the finest restaurants in Seattle – consistently perfect multi-regional Italian food – the clientele is always dressed casually. Sometimes I will go ahead and dress up formally just because I feel like it, but on this evening, I went with the flow – when in Rome…I mean, Seattle!
Overall, I felt comfortable in terms of temperature and in wearing something boho-casual (with a dash of drama) for this lovely dinner date.
The only thing I won’t show you is my handbag. Now for that, the fashion police might make an exception and haul me off! (Currently shopping for something boho.)
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