What NOT to Wear to Military Functions

I’ve been inspired this week by the upcoming Air Force Ball and Miley Cyrus’s wardrobe at the VMA’s. Even if you are not a military brat or a spouse, you might at some point in your life end up at a military function. For instance a promotion ceremony or a pilot training graduation.  One rule of thumb that makes it easy is to match the person in uniform you are going with, however, make sure to always dress modestly and with class. You are a direct reflection of the person you are with, so make them look good! You can always ask yourself, what would Kate Middleton do? WWKMD.

Let’s start with the ABU or Flight Suit:

Now this is the most casual you will dress, besides of course the PT uniform. This would probably be an event like a squadron potluck or an assignment night. If you are really nervous about what to wear, I say wear a tee dress with a statement necklace. Here are some pictures for reference (pictures might be outdated):

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Oh Tom…. Ok, back to business!

If they are wearing this, you will wear something casual but cute.  This could be anything from jeans and a cute top to a sundress – so if you are not sure, wear something in between. Probably not the place to bring out your crop top or your cut off shorts, you might run into his boss or his work friends.  Also, this is what you would wear to spouse socials, such as OSC/ESC. Here are some examples:

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Air Force Blues: (This is going to look similar to a suit)

This is most likely to be worn at Change of Command ceremonies, retirements, promotions, and graduations.

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So if they are wearing this, you will wear something similar to what you would wear to a wedding – a sundress, a lace dress, a nice maxi dress, etc. I’d say avoid spaghetti straps, but a modest strapless dress would be appropriate. Some great places to shop for these occasions would be Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Anthropologie, LOFT, and J. Crew. As a rule of thumb, don’t get your dresses from somewhere you shopped in High School, like American Eagle or Forever 21 – not that you can’t find a good one there ( I have a few), but you are most likely OVER 21 now, wear adult clothing.  Here are some examples:

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And here is a Kate example:

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WHAT NOT TO WEAR:  These dresses all have a place, but not to an event where your military member is wearing his/her blues.

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And finally, Mess Dress:

This is the fanciest you will get, and when I say fancy, I mean fancy-fancy. I’m not talking Easter Sunday, I’m not talking holiday party, I’m talking full length gown fancy.  So please don’t show up in a sundress.  If you are nervous about wearing a full-length gown, wear a fancy short cocktail dress. That is acceptable. Just make sure to have on some sparkle, cute shoes, and a clutch. Here is what it will look like:

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It is best to wear a full length gown or a fancy cocktail dress.  No poof, no see through, no low back, no side-boob, not a ton of cleavage, and no train. We are NOT talking your prom dress.  If your 16 year old self would have worn it to Homecoming, DO NOT WEAR IT TO A MILITARY FUNCTION. Channel Kate Middleton when you are shopping.  Great places to shop are BCBG MaxAzria Outlet, Nordstrom Rack online, Saks Fifth Avenue’s OFF Fifth, the J. Crew wedding section, and Rent the Runway! Here is what I would wear (and disregard the hanger straps – it seems it doesn’t matter how many times I stuff them back in, they always pop out!!! So maybe learn from me and just cut them off) :

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Here are a few more examples of what would be appropriate (disregard any trains):

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And here is what NOT to wear:

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Remember, you are a direct reflection of your spouse, your friend, or your family member – make them look good! It is not all about you and how hard you’ve worked all Summer to look good in that dress.  But YES, you can still have a lot of fun with it and be yourself, just not the Kim Kardashian version of yourself. Bring her out when you go to Vegas.

 

However, if your man is wearing this:

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You should wear this:

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I mean, obviously.

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Flower Pants

Sometimes you just wanna wear flower pants. Don’t hate! I can seriously see myself wearing these all the time with all different tops and shoes.  They will go with white, chambray, navy, green, grey…. and of course this citron color.  The great thing about any floral print is that there are many colors involved, so that means you can wear it with many different things.  And also stripes.  IMG_6099

I mean, how can you have a bad day when you wear pants with flowers on them? The answer is, you can’t. When you wear loud clothing, make sure to keep the accessories simple – Simple jewelry, shoes and handbag

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I will write a post soon to show how to wear these in multiple ways!

Where to buy:

LOFT Pants

Citron Shirt (Similar)

LOFT Jean Jacket

Clarks Pumps (Similar)

Kate Spade Bag (Similar)

Easy Monday

Some days happen to be Mondays.  And Mondays are the worst of the days.  That is why we have shirt dresses.  To allow you to sleep in an extra 10-15 minutes, all you need is a trusty shirt dress, so you can wake up, throw it on, and just be done with it.  IMG_6098

This one I love because it doesn’t need much styling and it doesn’t have a collar. (Collars are too much to deal with on a Monday, lets be honest)

A simple necklace or two, nude heels, and a bright purse are all that is needed to make this into an outfit. Bright shoes would also be fun with this dress, or even flats.  Happy Monday!!

Where to Buy:

LOFT Shirt dress (ON SALE RIGHT MEOW)

Clarks Pumps (Similar)

Kate Spade Purse (Similar)

Bindhi & Brutus Jewelry

Citron Midi

If you follow my blog at all you probably know about my obsession with neon skirts. When I bought this one, I wasn’t sure how I was going to wear it, but I knew that I could make it work. Of course it will look great with navy blue, offwhite, taupe, and black, but why not try something new?

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A lighter periwinkle looks better, but I can’t afford to keep buying things. SO DON’T TEMPT ME!!

Silk tops might not work great for summer BBQs, so for something more casual, try a tank with a jean vest.  (I feel like I talk about summer BBQs ALL THE TIME, yet, I might go to one a year….. what is normal? I don’t know) The jean vests at Old Navy are surprisingly fashionable and are cropped just enough. You could go to J. Crew and spend $100, but go to Old Navy and get one for $30 instead.

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It’s SPRING!! Don’t just put your toes in, JUMP into color!!

Where to buy:

LOFT Citron skirt

Urban Outfitters Silk Top (Similar)

Old Navy Jean Vest

LOFT Tank (Similar)

Kate Spade Purse (Similar)

Clarks Pumps (Similar)

Sam Edelman Sandals (Similar)

What I Wore Wednesday

I don’t know about you, but I was not ready to start waking up in the dark again.  For me, the time change looks like pressing snooze approximately 3 times, and have about 15 minutes to get ready for work. Which breaks down to 9 minutes doing makeup, 1 minute to brush my hair, and about 5 minutes to figure out what the heck I am going to wear.  Sweatshirt dress and flannel scarf? Sounds good.   IMG_9580

Because, I want to wear sweatshirts to work every day.

Where to buy:

Madewell Sweatshirt dress (Similar, Similar)

Bindhi & Brutus scarf (Similar)

Kate Spade Purse (Similar)

Madewell Booties (Similar)

Pink Aluminium

J. Crew has a way with words.  Not only do they have the best colors, but they also are the best at naming their colors. I don’t usually go for pink, but this color has a little bit of an edge. I also think this color is going to start popping up a lot in the Spring (Along with a light to medium blue).IMG_9591

I look forward to wearing it with black skinny jeans, white jeans, and anything in medium blue — like the scarf pictured below!

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IMG_9599Oh how I love a good drapey sweater.  I am always looking for a good one that is cozy yet still flattering, and of course J. Crew has that look down.  They are not only the experts in color naming, but also disheveled chic. Which is how I try to dress on Mondays, even if it is by accident.

Where to buy:

J. Crew Sweater

BB Dakota Lace Skirt

Black & White Pumps (Similar)

Bindhi & Brutus scarf

Kate Spade Purse (Similar)

Window Pane

I bought this dress at LOFT and I’ve been waiting to wear it until got warmer, but I’ve become impatient.  However, I will admit I am thoroughly enjoying the snow.  There isn’t much better to me than waking up to a fresh blanket of snow, even if I do have to drive into work…. that just means I HAVE to treat myself to a Caramel Flan Latte, right?IMG_9550
 



But adding bright accessories to your outfit really will brighten your day, I promise.

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To make this Spring dress Winter appropriate I added the obvious tights and boots, but then also a chambray shirt underneath.  Comfortable, warm, and put together.  This look  is possible with almost any t-shirt dress, and there are tons of options available right now! I will also probably try this look with a crisp white button down as well.

Where to get this look:

Lou & Grey Tee Dress

LOFT Chambray Shirt

Bindhi & Brutus Necklace

Kate Spade Purse (Similar)

Madewell Booties (Similar)