WIW : For the Seniors

Hi Ladies,

Today I was guest speaker at a group that is predominantly made up of very senior aged people. I knew it would be a pretty conservative environment and wanted to make sure I dressed appropriately and with respect for the group.

So I went with my Metalicus drape dress, which I felt till conveyed "me" and added a more conservative blazer, in grey to lighten the outfit.

I must admit I have an association with public presentations and blazers (as in I always wear a blazer) But upon arrival I was pleased with my choice as the ladies were very smartly dressed (and dressed up) and many of the men were in suit and tie:). It was actually quite lovely to see.

I was going to wear my black boyfriend blazer but I asked DH what he thought and he suggested that if they were filming (they were) or taking photos I might look like I was wrapped in a black cocoon! Now I thought that was quite cool, but decided adding something lighter would be a good idea and hence the grey blazer:).

And on another note, it seems we are entering that time of year I always forget I love (stylewise). It's this season where I can wear tights/leggings and booties with a sleeveless (short sleeve) dress or tunic. Blazer gets worn to work and due it the morning but comes off for the afternoon:). Wohoo.

So what do you think, did the outfit work? In your opinion does it tick the boxes for appropriateness for the event?

And while I wasn't specifically adjusting my style for loved ones... I kind if was:).

Thanks for looking:)


Pics taken after work on the evening so sorry for poor lighting:(

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  • gryffin replied 9 years ago

    Deborah - this outfit was perfect.  I love how the zips on the pockets were black which just make it so perfect with the dress.  That has to be one of my favorite dresses on you, uber flattering and stylish but always a little edgy.  It's everything about why I love this palate and minimalist style, the impression is very classy profession woman but my focus in on you, not the outfit.  I think of it as the "jewel box" concept - the setting is so perfect it vanishes and you just see what it showcases!!  Kudos!!

  • Missey replied 9 years ago

    Perfect outfit for a more conservative bunch while remaining so very you!  I love it!  How did you ever get dressed without those booties?

  • Deborah replied 9 years ago

    Gryffin, thanks so much!  I had to give you a "Therapy" button because your kind words really fed my soul:)  It is an awesome dress.  I have another Metalicus dress waiting patiently in the wardrobe for the warm weather, and a draped top on it's way to me...Im addicted:)

    Missey, thank you.  I was really hoping I had managed to create a conservative version of 'me'.  And you are right about the booties.  I think this is going to be a long and satisfying love affair:)

  • Neel replied 9 years ago

    Oh yes!! Perfectly suited for the occasion! You look lovely :)

  • Jaime replied 9 years ago

    It's a great dress Deborah and I think you adapted it very nicely for the occasion.

  • In My Joi replied 9 years ago

    Fantastically done Deborah!

  • amiable replied 9 years ago

    I'm taking notes, as I have a public speaking engagement in about a month.  Wear a blazer:  Better look for one (I have two black ones, so as long as I don't wear a black shirt, it should look fine, right?)  I so very much love your blazer over dress look, and I have a drapey black dress.  If I find a gray blazer, I suspect I'll do a copycat.

  • jackiec replied 9 years ago

    I LOVE this outfit! How satisfying as well that you were dressed appropriately for the setting. Everything is so flattering on you, and smart idea for DH to suggest a lighter topper. Can I add that I think your hair looks fab!?!

  • replied 9 years ago

    That's a fantastic blazer -really like it on you!  I wouldn't have expected to see you in a lighter grey like this but it really looks great - and works so well against your hair and makeup.  Wonderul outfit for the  - well, any - occasion!

  • Alana in Canada replied 9 years ago

    This works! Grey and black. Nice. Deborah--would you mind letting me know what booties these are? Thanks.

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 9 years ago

    Very nice Deborah and also that you took the needs of the group into consideration.  The blazer is conservative but fits you very well and the zip detail add a nice touch of you.

  • Angie replied 9 years ago


    You look SO GOOD with the break of grey against the black, Debs. I would love you to add more light grey and white for Summer. Softer, prettier and more alive. But still the same style persona.  

    Also, DH is spot on. Black tends to photograph and video badly. I'm glad you wore this sensational look. xo

  • dawn replied 9 years ago

    Excellent outfit choice!

  • JAileen replied 9 years ago

    You look great. I really like the jacket.

  • replied 9 years ago

    You looked FABULOUS.  Absolutely FABULOUS.  

  • Style Fan replied 9 years ago

    Gorgeous!!  I was told not to wear black for a video as well.  Good to remember.

  • Debra replied 9 years ago

    You look fabulous, perfect presentation outfit and I am loving those boots...
    Very stylish and slick :)

  • K. Period. replied 9 years ago

    Great outfit! I love that the blazer has the perfect touch of black around the zips to make it relate well to the black dress.  Perfection!  (And I want a clone of your dress--such a great shape!)

    ETA:  Which one, Una?  If it works for you, it would probably work for me.  High five IT-girls! 

  • catgirl replied 9 years ago

    K.Period, there is a similar dress at Allsaints - i got it (sized all the way down to a 2 and it's still drapey!).

    Deborah, this is just perfect - you have to dress appropriately, but you also have to feel like yourself to present well. And you've clearly done both!

  • Lyn D. replied 9 years ago


  • Caro in Oz replied 9 years ago

    Love it Deborah - the proportions here are fantastic on you.

  • SarahTheWhite replied 9 years ago

    I love how flattering this is, and how lovely you must have looked to the seniors, and I also love how you were able to stay true to your cool style persona in the process! How sweet of you to consider the preferences of your audience. :-) This outfit is just gorgeous - as are you in it!

  • Missey replied 9 years ago

    I love your Metalicus pieces...how do they wear?  They appear to drape perfectly.  Imagine my delight when I checked out their website and noticed they were having a 30% off sale through labor day!  I ordered a few pieces...very excited to try!

  • Deborah replied 9 years ago

    Thanks for your kind words. Will be recoding this outfit as suitable for presentations... Thank you. I'm now wondering if I should pass on another grey jacket I have that is much more conservative. It appears the fabric and zippers on this one are perhaps more me..and maybe I don't need two;)

    K.Period you must check out the Allsaints dress, it is so similar and looks fab. Una looks amazing in it:)

    Missey, how exciting! What did you order? I find all their clothing so far to be excellent quality and wears beautifully. Not to mention washes very well. I have a top on its way to me at the moment. Please post and let us know how they work for you;)

  • lyn67 replied 9 years ago

    This was the perfect outfit for the audience, and so you! Good job! agree with your thinking why keeping 2 grey blazers if one does the job of all!:-)

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