Nemo’s mom, please do a post this fall about looking for snazzier things to tie your look together and possibly a tux. Have you seen the posts on le smoking that gryffen and LBD did a couple years ago?

Bijou, love the drama in some of those!

Missvee, having pieces you can move into and out of this category is smart.

Fashintern - thanks! The heels have been fine to date. I actually feel more comfortable in dressy clothing but my life is not dressy.

The second tier stuff gets worn more.

I like your dress - the print is really good. I think a velvet jacket would be a great addition in the Northern Hemisphere. And yes I think occasionwear is a good second hand purchase - mine isn’t but I do keep an eye open.