How many times have you been at a gathering, trying to hold your pashmina on your shoulders to keep from freezing while juggling a glass of wine and plate of snacks? Not only is it impossible, but there is no way to look poised and polished in the process. Now, I love my pashminas but there has to be a better way to ward off the chill of air conditioning and still look stylish. Fortunately, this year has introduced many options.
There is always the standby of a denim jacket for a casual event. Last winter designers introduced the denim jacket for wear over formal evening wear but I draw the line on that concept. Denim is a sporty, casual fabric so will be appropriate with a cotton dress or casual slacks ensemble. I have a white denim jacket with little floral appliqué scattered randomly about. The white and the appliqué make the jacket less sporty but I always keep the theme consistent.
Sweaters have become a wardrobe essential. The shrugs and short cardigans are perfect for covering bare arms while keeping arms and hands free. Slip on a shrug or cardigan and you can completely change the look of a dress or top. Great versatility!
One of my favorite options is the wide variety of large scarves, wraps and a new item, the Ruana. Pop on one of these and transform that little black dress or neutral outfit into a stunning fashion statement.