The purple skirt on the right is on sale now for $17. Today, I am wearing that skirt as a top, with black satin tuxedo style trousers (can’t remember where these are from), and a black cropped shrug (from Target–about $12). If I had plans for the evening, when 5 o’clock rolled around I could just whip off the shrug for a strapless look, or pull the skirt down into place and put on a cute top (like the sweater above, bought at Ross for $9.) Voila! Ready to roll. (Always keep an extra top and pair of shoes in the car. You never know when someone is going to invite you out for fun.)
I have accessorized with a purple pendant on a leather strap (Big Lots, with matching earrings, $5) and little sterling earrings shaped like roses (Avon, by way of Granny. Priceless.) The shoes are black patent ballet flats, so the shoes and pants have a similar sheen. That’s my rule about patent leather–don’t wear patent leather unless your fabric has some sort of sheen. It’s entirely made up on my part.