I haven't been on YLF as much as I'd like this year - crazy life and lots of travel. I have been trying to figure out a dressy outfit that works with carry-on only travel. I have the gorgeous dress and jumpsuit the Forum helped me pick last year for my cruise/NYC opera trip (in Finds), but they require specific shoes (not distance-friendly) and gentler packing treatment than I usually do.

I have been inspired by some of the two piece dresses on YLF (thanks ChristinaF) and some boot/dress combos. I already own the boots and I made the drape neck top top last year. I had done a similar idea for the summery graduation outfit in fuchsia floral in Finds and really liked it, but had forgotten about it. Then I found leftover navy stretch crushed velvet fabric in my craft room reorg, so I was inspired to make the skirt. It is an incredibly inexpensive fabric, but super comfy and packable, and I can wear the top and boots with other more casual outfits when traveling, and walk for miles. I was going to buy a nicer fabric and this was going to just be a test, but I may just go with this.

A) Would this work for opera/show or nice dinner in a big city? Envision it hemmed, pressed and with a nicer belt - #1 is a too-thick scrap of fabric as a sash and #2/3 is just a Hipsi invisible belt to get an idea. #4 is untucked, but I think it is dressier tucked. I might make a tailored self belt. Thoughts on whether I should keep all the same navy stretch velvet for a self covered buckle , or go for a blingy rhinestone or pearl buckle if I can find one?

B) Is this a good length? It is just pinned right now. I want it long enough for warmth and to wear knee highs if I'm not feeling like pantyhose.

C) What length of topper? Other styling suggestions? I was thinking my Sputnik earrings that look like the chandeliers at the Metropolitan Opera, but don't know what else. I welcome any feedback. Before YLF, I just would frump my way through in black sneakers and travel pants and feel underdressed, but you all have inspired me to up my game and shown me it is possible to comfortable and chic at the same time. But I really don't want to check a bag!

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