Today I worked my outfit around a simple bright blue silk dress. So with a simple dress I can layer on the accessories, right? Wrong! As I will show you, less is more. The weather in Chicago is once again perfect, but I know it will get cool, so I am wearing a little black leather jacket by Chicago designer Melissa Serpico. It is too soon for me to go bare legged, and it is still kind of cool out, so I find fishnets to be a great option for this season. I know it’s kind of hard to pull off fishnets without feeling like a Vegas showgirl, but when some guy in your office says, “Wow – fishnets!” just tell him that it is too warm in the season to wear opaques or tights and he will get so bored he will forget about the subject.
Dress: Ulla Johnson Wash Silk Kimono Dress from Intermix, no longer available. See this Chelsea Flower Intermix Exclusive Tab Roll Sleeve Shirt Dress, $275, or this Black Halo Jackie O Belted Dress, $390, or this Esley Tried and Blue Dress, $69.
Jacket: SERPICO Short Sleeve Black Leather Jacket, no longer available. Roll up the sleeves on this Parker Leather Pleated Shoulder Jacket, now $400.
Statement Necklace and No Belt
Necklace: Statement Mixed Metal Necklace from Sequin NYC, no longer available. This Marie Chavez Large Mixed Metal Multi-Chain Necklace, $185 s similar.
OR (the option I choose)
Belt and Thin Necklace
Belt: Vintage 80s From Henri Bendel, no longer available. See this Versace Studded Leather Belt, $675
Necklace: Gold 18″-20″ Chain Necklace, my own, much like this 14k Gold Necklace, 18″ Omega Chain, now $1,419
BUT NOT ALL TOGETHER! You can see how quickly this look turned tacky.
Stockings: HUE Fishnet Fishnet Tights in Black, $13.50
Shoes: Chloe Pumps, no longer available. See these Gucci Leather Platform Leather Pumps, $525.
Handbag: Gorgana Black Leather with Gold studs, no longer available. This Marc Jacobs Rio Studded Leather Tote, $1345 is similar.
Hair: Cut and Color by Sassoon Chicago
– Carol Calacci
Photos: Barry WeissSee the Top Ten Summer 2016 Trends for Women Over 40
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