Last night I attended San Diego's Dress for Success Moonlight Chic event at the 4th floor roof top of Kimpton's Hotel Palomar. I was more than delighted to attend. Not only do I support this non-profit's focus on helping low income women acquire jobs, build careers and improve their quality of life, they throw a fabulous party. The live acoustic music performed by the lovely Kayla Hope, wine, fashion, scrumptious food from Saltbox restaurant (seriously yummy, seriously), and warm San Diego air absolutely made my night. Especially since I rarely go out mid-week these days. Not that you need to hear about my awesome time. Let's talk style.
The fashions were provided by Loft, which I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the looks. The last few times I have popped into Loft, I wasn't blown away, but last night, I pointed out more than a few pieces and ideas I want for myself and my clients. My favorite is the use of neutrals. I love an outfit that sways from whites and creams to light greys. The almost monotone look is farmer's market fresh and always chic. I also absolutely adore the dressy sweatshirt. This is something of a new bit in fashion. Before now, if you wanted a bejeweled sweatshirt, you used a jewel gun with your mom... and you're nine. Now, between J.Crew and Loft, we have access to chic dressy sweatshirts. I'm not sure how long it will be available as a trend, so buy now. They are so fun.
My other lusty item, the booties. Although they could have been styled in a more flattering way, I love a bootie. Particularly in San Diego when you don't always need the full coverage of a standard height boot. I recommend pairing a bootie with tights or a quality complimentary sock. When you connect a short bootie on a bare leg it cuts off the leg and can create a cankle affect. You need dimension and texture to smooth out the sudden stop between the ankle and the boot. I will cover how to wear booties in the near future.