Janice's February picks are up.
And, wow, options here.
Basically, it is...a dress in the neutral, with a solid accent scarf and handbag in the same color, earrings and pumps/slingbacks...ie, basic dressy shoes.
Except when it isn't.
One outfit has a jumpsuit (that looks like a lace top over full pants to me, but it is a jumpsuit), and a cardigan instead of a scarf, and the bag matched the earrings. At least two wardrobes used an accent color (navy in one, black in the other) for the dress. One of the scarves was a ruana. One pair of dressy shoes was ballet flats.
So there is LOTS of flexibility, even within the posted wardrobes.
Which means, well, I can do whatever I want, right? LOL.
I'm not into handbags; I have back-pack style purses that I carry for all but the most formal events. I have brown, black and gray, so I'm pretty well covered if I want to bother to change bags, lol. BUT...I might possibly use a colorful wallet with a cross-body strap, for those events when I just need to carry a minimal amount of stuff. Something I could throw into the backpack for the day, but pull out by itself if we're just running out for lunch or something. Hm....
I've already been pondering the dress, because I expected that to be the choice. I kinda picked out a pattern for a dressy sheath from my stash of Burda pattern mags, and I was also mulling over a knit dress similar to one from J. Jill that I've Pinned to my Sewspiration board ...basically a knee-length gray ponte knit t-shirt w/ long sleeves and square patch pockets. I don't have a pattern for that exactly, but how hard would it be to morph from, say, Loes Hinse's Cowl Top? But this morning, as I was getting up and around, I suddenly thought a denim blue shirtdress might be a good choice, as I could also use that as a duster. Especially since I'm leaning to denim blue as one of the SWAP -qualifying neutrals. I'm sure I've got a suitable button-up dress pattern somewhere....
So, looking over the outfits, there really isn't an equivalent to the sheath pattern I was considering (breathes a sigh of relief at not having to fit that pattern...yet, anyway....) But there are a couple of t-shirt based knit dresses and a shirt dress.
So. Decisions, decisions.
I think I'm going to use red as my accent for this month; it's in the choir wardrobe for the month and, well, I like red. And it will work whether I make a black dress, a gray dress, or a blue denim dress.
I have a deep red silk scarf that matches a patch in the very center of the red on the hummingbird's throats in the scarf, but it's definitely not the predominant red in the scarf. I might let that be my back up scarf if I can't find another. I also have some red shoes, but they are not terribly dressy.
I'mma gonna do some online perusing of sales...there are some good ones now...and see what I can find whilst I ponder the dress question, which is, really, what would I wear the most?