Last week my husband and I got invited to a holiday party at a golf club. The invitation didn't specify any kind of dress code and I've spent zero days of my life at golf clubs so I really had no idea what to expect. The friend who invited us said he was wearing suit so I was guessing more dressy than casual, but I didn't want to be too formal because I figured if they wanted that type of dress code they would specify as much on the invitation. Based on my Pinterest-browsing experience I had an outfit in mind that seemed like it would work for the event regardless of whether most people were more dressy or more casual.
Here's the outfit I shared on Instagram that I originally planned to wear at the party:
Blazer: Express / Cami: Express / Skirt: Express / Multi-Chain Necklace: Express / Long Necklace: Express (Similar) / Bag: Express / Shoes: DV "Saffia" (Similar) / Ring: Kendra Scott
I based it on outfits like these that I've seen on Pinterest:
At the last minute I ended up switching my cami to black instead of white because it seemed slightly more "evening." Then I ended up taking off the multi-chain necklace because I had on big earrings so it just seemed like too much jewelry up top. You can scroll to the end of the post for the front-view of both versions of my holiday outfit.
Update: I should have included this in my post in the first place, but for what it's worth I felt comfortable and appropriate in my outfit. Other female attendees were wearing anything from a blouse and pants with heels or a festive sweater with dark denim. I shared some pictures from the event on Snapchat and one of the comments I got in reply was, "Are you at a retirement home?" So I would say the age demographic was a decade (or three) older than myself and they were not too critical of what anyone was wearing at all. They all just wanted to have a nice dinner and festive evening.
I shared my final outfit for family pictures on Instagram, but in the actual planning process my own outfit was the final piece of the picture puzzle.
Express / Cami: Express / Necklace: Nordstrom "Purple Jade" / Jeans: Express / Bag: Amazon / Shoes: Express (Similar) / Nails: Deborah Lippmann "Bitches Brew"
Before I picked any outfits for our pictures, I started browsing "Family Pictures" on Pinterest and Google Images to get some ideas. This site was one of my favorite finds in the process because it's organized by color and has a lot of ideas in one place. But I realized I couldn't just pick a color and go with it for my family because my kids really didn't have any picture-worthy clothes. Their style is strictly athleisure, and even though I wasn't aiming for a very dressy family picture, I also didn't want them wearing sweatpants! So I decided to just take them shopping to get something they would be willing to wear for the pictures and build around that. I also didn't want to spend a lot of money since they may only wear these shirts once. I dragged them into Old Navy and the first child to choose a shirt that I approved became the one we all dressed to match. Fun! (No...)
My kids just wanted to get out of there as quickly as possible, so one grabbed a shirt nearest to the entrance and luckily it looked like an easy, neutral starting point:
Shirt and Pants: Old Navy
Next, we found something coordinated but not too matching that Boy #2 could tolerate. Yeah!
Boy's Pullover: Old Navy / Jeans: Target
I think we were out of there in less than 10 minutes total. And luckily both my husband and I already have pieces in our closet that work with the black/white/grey/denim color scheme the boys had going, so I pulled these pieces out of my husband's closet and didn't hear any objections on picture day:
Shirt and Pants: Banana Republic
Last but not least I put my outfit together, and you already saw my final result above, but here's an idea of how we all look together:
Family Picture outfit / Holiday Party planned outfit / Holiday Party actual outfit
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