Friday, February 1, 2013

How to Wear - Kat H. Clayton's DVF Maja Dress 4 Ways

You may remember my friend Kat H. Clayton from her Style Profile on Pink Julep last year. She is the author of The Kings of Charleston and I've known her since childhood. Through the magic of social media, we've reconnected over the last year and I always enjoy getting Kat's questions about Christmas shopping or style. This time around, Kat has asked me how she could wear her new DVF dress a few different ways for various events she'll be attending, specifically a wedding and a shower. Well, I'm more than happy to help!

The dress Kat chose is perfect because it's a solid color with minimal bells and whistles, which makes it quite versatile in terms of styling. The bright blue is perfectly on trend with the oh-so-popular jewel tones of late and because it has 3/4 length sleeves, this is a dress Kat can wear year-round!

Day Wedding

It can be tricky to know what to wear to a wedding, especially if the dress code isn't spelled out for you in the invitation. If the wedding is during the day, it's most likely not formal. Obviously a wedding guest should never wear white to a wedding unless specifically requested to do so by the bride and groom, but it's great to keep things a bit low-key so as to not stand out too much or take any focus off the bride. Since Kat's dress is such a bright color, I would suggest going with minimal, neutral accessories for a clean, crisp look. A white statement necklace will look lovely against the blue. Simple nude heels will elongate the leg. A nudie pink nail polish will look clean and sophisticated. Because it's a day wedding, there's no need to feel obligated to carry a clutch. I'd opt for a feminine, ladylike style bag instead in either nude or white.

 Evening Wedding
Earrings: Lulu Frost for J. Crew / Nail Polish: Nars in Trouville / Shoes: DVF
Necklace: Lulu Frost for J. Crew / Clutch: Balenciaga

If the wedding is in the evening, chances are it's quite formal however these days there's no need to rush out and buy an evening gown unless the invitation specifies a black tie or white tie dress code. For black tie, an evening dress is perfect and you can sometimes get away with fancy cocktail attire, but for white tie, a full-length rather formal dress is expected. If neither of these is the case, a simple dress you already own (in this case Kat's lovely blue frock) will instantly be transformed with the help of a few accessories!

For a more formal evening wedding, I think it's the perfect time to play up the blue in Kat's dress by accessorizing with lighter shades of blue to soften the look and add a bit of sparkle. I normally don't approve of matchy matchy jewelry, but for this occasion a matching necklace and earrings can keep the look pulled together. A clutch adds an instant glam factor and the dress is instantly more formal with the addition of a pair of gold strappy heels. To off-set the baby blue, a light bubblegum pink nail polish is the perfect finish to the look!

Wedding or Baby Shower
Earrings: Stella & Dot / Bangles: Baublebar / Sandals: Jack Rogers
Necklace: Stella & Dot / Nail Polish: Nars in Jungle Red / Clutch: Lilly Pulitzer

If you're invited to attend a shower for either a new baby or a wedding, I feel that it's important to dress appropriately without being overdressed. Many times showers are held at the homes of family members or at churches... This is not the time to wear that sexy tube top you bought in South Beach. For Kat's dress, this is an opportunity for her to dress it down a bit and have some fun with color! I suggest adding a long gold necklace or two as they tend to be a bit more informal than necklaces that sit around the collar bone. Just be sure the necklace isn't so long it interferes with the belted waist - if it does, just wrap it around your neck twice. A pair of statement earrings will add a bit of funky cool to the look and I think emerald green would be perfect here, though yellow or orange would be nice too. A pair of gold wedge sandals and a metallic wicker clutch keep it laid back, but add a bit of glitz! A stack of thin gold bangles and red nails finish off the look perfectly!

Party Time
Jacket: Topshop / Shoes: Lucy Choi London / Earrings: Shourouk
Nail Polish: Barry M Neon Pink / Clutch: Topshop

Since Kat is an author, it's possible she'll have a party or two to attend with the release of her second book (coming soon!). Should she decide to wear the same dress, this is an opportunity to go a bit crazy and really have fun with accessories. I absolutely love royal blue with black so adding a cropped blazer and a black clutch will change the identity of the dress and create a new slate for some fun accessories. I personally love leopard print and neon, but as far as I'm concerned, they're better together. A pair of chic leopard heels is just enough print. Finish off the look with some neon statement earrings and a pop of a different neon shade in the nail polish for a fun, youthful, metropolitan party girl look!

I hope this helps Kat with planning her outfits for all her great upcoming events! Be sure to check out her website for information on her books and her blog. If any of you have a style question you'd like some help with, please do get in touch. Send me a tweet to @pinkjulep or e-mail your queries to

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