Good morning everyone! A beautiful Sunday morning awaits. I just went to mass at a new parish that I recently visited during my trip. I wore one of my versatile “Sunday’s Best” outfits. Since I love versatile dresses, I’ve also worn this ensemble to work and at a night out with friends and family.
Dress :: Vera Moda Layered Lace Dress
Heels :: Kate Spade (similar)
Purse :: Slavatore Ferragamo
Jewelry :: Yellow Gold & Enamel Flower Earrings, Yellow Gold & Onyx Square Cocktail Ring by Prestige s.r.l. and Tri Color Gold Spiral Ring bought during the JCK Las Vegas Show (similar here & here / look for less)
Sunglasses :: Dolce & Gabbana (similar)
With me starting a style blog this year, I spent countless hours researching online and I stumbled upon an interesting topic. It was the idea of what to wear at a religious service. During my research, I discovered that some pastors consider wearing jeans by a woman to a service as inappropriate. For some, the adjectives that women would want to think about when they dress for church is “long” and “flowy”… and wearing denim jeans or slacks, though long, is not flowy. For some, jeans were originally intended as a piece that only men should wear.
After gathering some ideas, I’d like to share with you all what I feel is a simple but elegant outfit that should pass most of the church rules on what to wear during a service — without sacrificing style.
I am wearing a Lace Dress that is both trendy and modest. As you can see, you will be able to point out at least 5 Current Trends of the Season on it.
1. Layering. With California still experiencing seasonal heat waves and the rest of the country embarking on fall, it’s really been confusing as to what to wear this month. A tried and tested classic trend is the idea of layering and I incorporated that to my outfit by wearing a blouse on top of my simple cream-colored dress.
2. Lace. This trend has been everywhere this season. I saw it worn in every garment piece: lace shorts, skirts, high low lace hems, lace pants and lace tops, like what I am wearing. I added lace as a top because it is breezy enough to wear during the day and yet it gives you that added warmth during a chilly night.
3. Peter Pan Collar. Women’s collars have definitely gotten some attention by giving the regular structured collar a facelift with these softer collars dubbed as the Peter Pan Collar. I love this trend. Collars have always been associated with the preppy look but this update made it look very hip.
4. Black & Gold. My two favorite colors in the world. It’s so timeless that I’ve been confidently wearing them for the past seven years. Beige and black are just neutral pieces that you can recycle time and again while looking great.
5. Gold & Enamel Jewelry. The jewelry industry have really evolved in the last decade. Many unique metals, stones and other materials are being combined and mixed together to create sophisticated blends of designer jewelry. I am wearing an eclectic array of jewelry in yellow gold, combined with rose gold beads, black onyx, and enamel. It is paired with a set of yellow gold florette earrings with enamel blends. I’ve shared with you above a couple of photos of the other colors in the Florette Jewelry Collection where I ordered my earrings a few years ago (which is still very much in trend now)!
The key is to purchase pieces that are versatile, elegant and timeless. What you’d think you’d spend a couple of hours on just trying on clothes for your “Sunday’s Best” outfit will take you just about ten minutes if you’ve wisely chosen the pieces that work best for you from the beginning. Knowing your body and your personal style will make dressing up for anything easier.
The same goes with how ready you are in mind and spirit. Once you enter the doors to wherever your go to for Sunday service, you must always be ready. If you’ve wisely chosen your actions and decisions throughout the week, especially your actions on treating other people, you will find that going to your service is especially easy since you came there prepared. It isn’t a piece of cake, but it is our effort that counts.
I’ve always admired people who put their very best in everything they do and I acknowledge it when I see that someone has put the effort on presenting themselves well in service. It may not be “required” to go all out, but it’s definitely pleasing.