SPEAKING of black, I’m a total moron.
Many of you have written in asking for comfortable dressy separates that could be dressed up or down. Now granted most of you asked back in, oh, November of last year, but hey. I’m here now and that’s the important thing.
Style Spy and I were at Neiman Marcus Last Call a few weeks ago and she was wisely selecting a pair of black sequined palazzo pants. Her reasoning (not that you NEED a reason when it comes to sequins) is that when an event comes up and everyone is scurrying around like a chinchilla with the runs deciding what to wear, she can just throw those on, add a shirt and be perfect and effortless and done.
Later that night I pulled out my own black sequined cocktail dress and restyled it so it looked a little less showgirl (back-to-the-front with a tuxedo jacket, in case you’re playing at home) and got to thinking about how much more chic it is to look effortless in evening wear.
I promptly forgot about it, until today when I was looking at concert wear and thought “Concert blacks! DUH.”
I know for a fact several of my friends in the Austin Symphony wear their blacks offstage, so why shouldn’t you? I can’t BELIEVE this didn’t occur to me until this moment.
They’re easy, look fantastic and still let you move about like a crazy person, none of the skirts have slits so you’re not going to accidentally flash anyone and the tops are alluring without inviting amateur mammography. Plus they come in a variety of fabrics –usually jersey, satin and crush-proof velvet, all machine washable– drape beautifully and are available in a whole slew of sizes and any color you want, as long as it’s black.