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Expect the Unexpected

A few weeks ago, I received a frantic text from a friend; it was a picture of a dress she was wearing and it said her husband had just walked into her closet and said “you can’t wear that to a funeral”.  She was definitely panicked as they were set to leave for the funeral in minutes.  So the texting ensued.  I let her know that she needed to wear a conservative dress that didn’t read “playful and fun” and it didn’t have to be all black but of course it certainly could be; to this she said “All I have is playful and fun”!  You see, my friend works in a medical setting with kids and therefore doesn’t wear business attire everyday like many of us and she doesn’t plan for the worst case scenario because no one wants to do that or the last minute event that you don’t have time to shop for; but it is something we all must do as adults.  We must have a few go to pieces in our closet for the unfortunate funeral, last minute dinner event or even a wedding that you don’t have time to shop for.   This suggestion is not only for women but men alike; ladies how many times has your significant other sprung it on you last minute that they either don’t have the appropriate thing to wear to said event or what they need to wear is at the cleaners?   Below are a few tips to ensure you do not find yourself in this conundrum in the future.

1. While shopping, do not dismiss that practical dress that you like because you currently have no where to wear it, if it is a piece that will stand the test of time-consider buying it to have in your last minute repertoire.

2. Make sure to keep items clean/dry cleaned, pressed and ready to go.

3. Have go to accessories including shoes, jewelry and a handbag; for men, shoes, a tie and belt.

4. Look at these items in your closet from time to time to make sure they are still in good condition, fit well and are still in style.

Here, Stella demonstrates some go to items in her closet:

This classic black dress can be worn for years to come, paired with conservative pumps, pearls with a pendant and a statement bag, this outfit is conservative and appropriate while still showing style.  Put a light sweater or jacket over your shoulders if you need to cover up.

This classic black dress can be worn for years to come, paired with conservative pumps, pearls with a pendant and a statement bag, this outfit is conservative and appropriate while still showing style. Put a light sweater or jacket over your shoulders if you need to cover up.

 

This same LBD goes from attending a funeral to a wedding or dinner event by adding some shiny accessories and great, red heels!

This same LBD goes from attending a funeral to a wedding or dinner event by adding some shiny accessories and great, red heels!

One look, two ocassions; change your shoes and you are going two different places in the same day!

One look, two occasions; change your shoes and you are going two different places in the same day!

This past weekend my husband was called to a funeral unexpectedly, but his blue suit, shirt and tie were all ready to go, it was one less thing to stress about as he was trying to get out of town last minute.

A blue suit can be worn anywhere and what I love about this three piece suit is it allows you to wear it many ways-a great investment!

A blue suit can be worn anywhere and what I love about this three piece suit is it allows you to wear it many ways.  It’s slim fit gives it a modern look as well-a great investment!

 

A well fitting shirt is of the utmost importance, you do not want to look like you dug through your Father's closet for something to wear!

A well fitting shirt is of the utmost importance, you do not want to look like you dug through your Father’s closet for something to wear!

A classic tie that can be worn for years with most suits, for most occasions.

A classic tie that can be worn for years with most suits, for most occasions.

 

My husband swears by the comfort of his Cole Haans and wears them with everything possible!

My husband swears by the comfort of his Cole Haans and wears them with everything possible!

I hope this helps you in being prepared for your next unexpected event!

This post dedicated to Brandi & Ryan O’Reilly.

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