It is that time of year where our swimsuit is our daily attire, and our days are filled with extreme efforts to stay cool while getting some sun. Therefore, the chances that we will get caught off-guard while relaxing poolside and have to attend an event that requires a dress code is probable. For our final rendition of “How Accessories will Save an Outfit,” we saved the most excruciating scenario for last: the swimsuit.
3:00 PM SATURDAY
Your best friend Lauren is in town on a work trip. Her company put her up in a fancy new hotel downtown of which every Instagram-famous blogger is boasting. Lauren invited you to come relax by the pool and enjoy a cocktail. You knew you could not resist an opportunity to escape from the 100 degree weather with your best friend. So, you accepted her invitation, threw on your swimsuit, hopped in your car, and drove her way.
Now, it is 5:00 PM. The two of you are laying poolside on lounge chairs. Your phone rings. It is your husband. You answer it, and you hear...
SCENARIO 1 | DINNER WITH YOUR HUSBAND’S GRANDPARENTS
“Hey honey! I am about to leave for dinner with my grandparents. They are so excited to see you, again! Are you planning on just meeting me there? Remember, the reservations are at 5:30 pm.” You did not remember, so you calmly reply, “Yes, honey. I am actually already downtown with Lauren at her hotel.” You strategically leave out the fact you smell like sunscreen and are currently sporting a swimsuit, relish in the fact you at least arrived in high-waisted jeans, and devise a plan to utilize the accessories and perfume in your car.
WHAT WOULD JENNY DO?
The trick to making a swimsuit with a plunging neckline appropriate for grandparents is to hide the neckline. We relied on a wrap scarf to hide the fact it is a swimsuit. Then, we layered her in jewelry to both hold the scarf in place, and help make the outfit look intentional. She will just need to sit up very straight, and try not to move while eating.
Two J.Forks 54" pearl and brown pin shell wrap necklace (one worn as a necklace and one worn as a bracelet), J.Forks 30" mocha crystal, druzy and buffalo bone cross necklace, and a black scarf from our pals at Daisy Pearl Boutique and Gifts.
SCENARIO 2 | GRABBING A DRINK WITH YOUR HUSBAND’S CLIENT
“Hey, honey! I am on my way to have drinks with my client. He is in town for his sister’s baby’s first birthday, and he needs a break from his family. Can you come? His wife loves seeing you!” You reply, “Umm… sure I can. I will throw something on and head that way.”
You know that this client is a big deal to your husband. They hang out anytime they are in the same city. You are positive they will pick an establishment with a dress code and $15 cocktails. You are going to have to rely on the collection of accessories in your car to dress up the look.
WHAT WOULD JENNY DO?
If the client is not super conservative, do not worry about the plunging neckline. Just utilize a jacket to cover the shoulders and camouflage the swimsuit as a chic top. As always, layering jewelry will both elevate the outfit and increase her chances of gaining entry into an establishment with a dress code.
J.Forks 110 carat Kingman Turquoise and Leather Pendant, Two J.Forks 60" wood/silver bead wrap necklace, J.Forks 56" turquoise and shell wrap necklace, J.Forks turquoise, tooled leather and silver earrings, and J.Forks white denim jacket with stitching.
SCENARIO 3 | GOING TO A CONCERT
“Hey, honey! Greg just called and he has two extra second-row tickets to the Springsteen concert. We are going to meet at the bar by the convention center in 30 minutes to get cranking. I am assuming that you would want to come?” You reply, “Obviously! I will be there in there in 30 minutes!”
Sometimes, you just have to grab life by the horns and seize cool opportunities, then just let the rest unfold. So, you will rely on the accessories in your car to make an outfit happen, and rock out.
WHAT WOULD JENNY DO?
A Springsteen concert has no rules! However, the second row might require a somewhat classier outfit than a swimsuit and high-waisted jeans. For this look, we added a denim button down (denim on denim can work if there is a pop of color) and draped her in necklaces. We finished this “all-American girl” look by tying a yellow bandana in her hair.
J.Forks 60" pearl wrap with turquoise and deerskin leather tassel ends necklace, J.Forks 60" knotted pearls with 27ct turquoise heart and leather pendant necklace, Leather and silver stud with Kingman Turquoise slab earrings (15049 B), J.Forks loomed cuff bracelet, yellow bandana scarf from our friends at Western Grace, and a denim button down.
TO SUM IT UP
No matter how prepared you are, sometimes life throws you curveballs, and you have to react. We compiled "How Accessories will Save an Outfit" as a small mini-series of articles to showcase how a solid collection of accessories can help you react to spontaneous invitations.
Special thanks to Janzen Tew of Denim and Velvet!