We’re in the home stretch of Red & Black Week – tomorrow is the grand finale. I’ve noticed this year a very high percentage of participants are in the running for completing all six days! We’ve had slightly fewer participants overall versus last year, but the level of dedication is higher than ever. 😉 I’m looking forward to the final two days!
Today’s outfit is Part One of a Day to Evening look. This red lace blouse was, frankly, a huge disappointment. Naturally, it looked exquisite in the Venus catalog, and I had been wanting it forever. Finally I decided to go for it. When it arrived, I was sad to see it was so poor in quality.
Venus isn’t known for producing super high-end fashions designed to last a lifetime, but usually they are above decent. This blouse, however, has a lining that descends below the bottom edge of the lace (crooked, no less) and the grosgrain ribbon used behind the buttons to stabilize them in the delicate lace is thick and pokes out at the top. The scalloped neckline won’t lie flat for anything (haven’t tried starch yet, though) and the sleeves tend to ride up.
Still, I was determined to make it work so I didn’t send it back. Ultimately I decided it was perfect for wearing under a blazer. Tucked in, and with a couple of safety pins hiding that ribbon button backing, it doesn’t look too bad even without the blazer. The pleated skirt makes it flirty and fun.
Throughout the day I began to realize this blouse it the perfect opportunity for a Day to Evening quick-change. Stay tuned tomorrow for the club version of this look, as my grand finale to Red & Black Week 2013!
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