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The temperature change was pretty extreme and it required a rather drastic wardrobe adjustment. Of course, last minute changes can be expensive and time-consuming because what you want to buy isn't always what stores are currently selling. But having a well-rounded wardrobe meant that I could watch the weather forecast change and know that no matter what I would be able to put together a look that was both temperature and event appropriate.
I originally planned on wearing a floral, vintage-inspired, yellow dress with a yellow cardigan and coral ballet flats. I actually wore a pink and purple floral dress with a thick, black open cardigan, leggings, skinny belt, and wedge ankle booties.
I spend a lot of time here on the blog talking about the importance of having clothes for all occasions in your closet and not waiting until you need something to shop for it. But since an example is always more powerful than a simple statement, I am going to tell you about my weekend. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I was going to a wedding (and while bored on my travels, I think I tweeted more in one day than ever before). You might also have noticed the tweet I have re-posted below regarding the forecasted weather:
I didn't try to salvage the first outfit once it became obvious that the temperatures were quickly dropping because I knew that I would have another opportunity sometime in the future to wear it when it was better suited. However, if I didn't have other options in my closet, my choices would have been between buying something new and freezing in the original look. This does not necessarily mean that you need a large wardrobe. Rather you need a well thought out wardrobe. Having 20 pairs of jeans and 40 t-shirts creates a large wardrobe, but there aren't many occasions you can dress for with those pieces. I will be discussing this in more detail in next week's Guide to Elegance post about budget.