Before one of my summer breaks I worked at an elementary school where we were preparing our class for their graduation. The dress code was explicitly explained in a letter home and instructed all females attending to wear attractive frocks or skirts and blouses and all males to either wear suits or a nice button-down shirt and dress slacks. I was subbing in a Special Day Class (SDC) with about eight Kindergarten and first-grade students, and in addition to supervising them, the teacher and teacher’s assistants were required to dance in a choreographed performance of Ain’t No Stopping Us Nowcomplete with old school steps and hand gestures.
I wanted to look nice, but also be comfy in case I had to do something like arrange chairs before the ceremony, so I decided to meet the challenge by putting on my beige mini trench coat over my short black Calvin Klein dress. I then accessorized it with black knee-highs, black men’s lace-up shoes, dark Audrey Hepburn shades and a gold “Betsey” Betsey Johnson necklace. After school, while waiting at the bus stop, a man asked me if he could give me a compliment. When I told him he could, he said, “You have a very European way of dressing. You have a lot of style.” Tired from the long day, but elated by the kind words, I was happy my choice was the right one and elicited such a positive response.
Black and Beige Throughout the Week:
Start with a black dress as your canvas to play with throughout the week. You can also use a black skirt, pants or longer knee-length shorts.
*Black dress + nude hose + two-toned black or black and beige flats + beige or beige and black striped cardigan.
*Black dress + black tights+ black mid-heeled pumps.
*White sweater set + black pants + black and white hounds tooth or pinstriped blazer + black oxfords.
* White button-down shirt or blouse +black skirt + black cardigan + black tights + white flats.
*Black short-sleeved shirt + black pants + white cardigan from sweater set + oxfords.