Sexy runway shows — and celebrity red-carpet choices — have convinced some people that every Versace design is scandalously flesh-baring, but, as I’ve written before, there are plenty of conservative options. I still have the sober Versace pantsuits I wore to work at Lehman Brothers between 2000 and 2005. I also have a knee-length purple plaid Versace skirt that I got during the Lehman era. For as long as I’ve had it, I’ve been wearing it with one particular black sweater.
As designer/blogger/stylist Stacy Lomman discovered during our wardrobe-therapy project, I don’t have a lot of non-t-shirt tops. She recently accompanied me to Bloomingdale’s to try to hunt down some options. We found a black peplum Maje sweater with an exposed zipper in the back. I wore it with the Versace skirt to a dinner party on Wednesday.
During Versace’s Fall 2004 runway show, the skirt was shown with a hairy, deliberately-mismatched jacket. I have the jacket, and I wear it all the time, though never with the skirt. I’m even wearing that jacket in my driver’s license photo!
Right before I went to that dinner, I wrote about an annoying story on what women over 40 should wear. Well! The 60+ hostess of the dinner party was wearing a black lacy shirt with a red bra visible underneath! (At the same time, there wasn’t a lot of skin showing.) I loved it. She looked 100% confident, and that’s hawt at any age.
UPDATED TO ADD: Wish I had a picture of the hostess for Not Dead Yet Style’s Visible Monday, but a photo of me will have to suffice! Check out the post to see more blogger outfits.