The Art of Improvisation
Have you ever dreamed of having a superpower? No?
Awe come on, are you kidding me? You never had the desire to be faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound? Never, really?
Well, I wanted to do everything Superman could do and them some. I was particularly mesmerized by magic and remember watching the movie “Houdini” at least a bazillion times.
The two TV series: I dream of Jeannie and Bewitched also captured my imagination leading me to believe that all I would need to do to perform my own feats of magic were to blink my eyes or make my nose twitch. There were also times when in a pinch for time Samantha Stevens (Bewitched) would snap her fingers to quickly change into a whole new outfit. Now that’s what I call magic and a superpower I could use especially when going to the mall to try on clothes.
Bold, Bright, Black & White
Last summer it seemed everywhere I turned I would come across a skirt with bold stripes and I remember thinking “gee I’d really like to sport one of those beauties.” Problem was I also saw a number of dresses in similar striped patterns. What to do, what to do?
I eventually ended up getting two different styles of black and white striped dresses (one was a midi and the other a maxi). So this morning I was thinking I wanted to wear a black and white striped skirt but my closet did not yield the requested result – bummer.
Though I don’t possess Samantha Stevens flair for the quick change outfit I came up with the next best thing. I pulled out my sleeveless midi dress and a black peplum short-sleeved top and voilà instant skirt and top. Well, it wasn’t exactly instantaneous because I had to put on my tights, then the dress, followed by the top.
What helped to make this look work is the dress is a lightweight knit without sleeves so it wasn’t bulky at all under the peplum top. The flare of the top helped to sell the dress as skirt. The complete outfit includes white pumps with black heels, silver hoop earrings, 34 and one half-inch silver necklace with a 2 inch extender, and several plain silver bangles.
- Black and white striped midi dress | Urbanog
- Black peplum top | old
- White/black Calvin Klein Jeans Kaleigh Pump | DSW
- Silver necklace | H&M
Since the dress and the top are made of lightweight materials I could even comfortably wear this or a similar outfit in the summer without feeling the need to rip off my clothes due to an unexpected hot flash.