We interrupt this cold, winter, lots-of-layers season to bring you Dressing Local: Vacation Edition.
I was fortunate enough to have been invited to a dear friend’s destination wedding in the Cayman Islands right around the time I knew I would need a little escape (March is rough!). The 83 and sunny weather did not disappoint, and neither did my locally purchased summer wardrobe!
For this out-to-dinner-island-style dinner outfit, I chose white denim shorts, a flowy top, sandals and earrings to match. In my opinion, these particular white shorts from Puritan Cape Cod offer the same comfortable vibe of a regular pair of denim shorts, but they are just a little bit dressier. The flowy embroidered top from Weekend is one of my go-tos for occasions on a hot day – it is loose and breezy, but also the pop of orange screams warm, sunny weather.
I paired the outfit with a pair of gold flat, sandals from Design Works (yes, the mostly home goods store has a great selection of cute shoes and sundresses!), which have become an instant staple in my closet, and a pair of locally made ceramic earrings from the LoveLocal Collective that complement the gold of the sandal and the white of the shorts.
Now that I have taken my summer clothes out of storage, it’s going to be really hard to put them back in! Coming soon to Cape Cod, I suppose!
One of best things we do all year is host a shopping event and fashion show to raise money for WE CAN – Women’s Empowerment for Cape Area Networking. The organization is all about empowering women to help them through life’s transitions, changes and progressions. They do this through mentoring, information, education, networking and support.
One of the aims of The Current Quarterly is to empower women through connecting them with the local business community, as well as help them gain confidence through style and fashion. Fashion is a powerful and important form of self-expression.
And we are proud to provide one opportunity for WE CAN clients and volunteers to choose a few outfits and strut their stuff on the runway.
It is also such a treat for them to get their hair professionally styled and makeup professionally applied, thanks to the generous and talented hair team (Stacey Kuehn is the best!) and makeup team who donate their time.
The event also features pop up shops from local boutiques, makers and organizations, giving women (and men!) the opportunity to shop them all in one place.
Join us for the event on Tuesday, April 23 from 5-8pm and help us raise money for a great cause. Tickets are $25 and are available here.
Pictures from the 2018 event thanks to Frank & Helen Coombs/ You Ought to be in Pictures
It is my firm belief that when you find a little black dress that you like and fits you well, you must find a way to get it into your closet.
There is a reason the LBD is one of the most iconic and talked about fashion pieces in the world. They are the easy go-to for so many occasions (weddings, funerals, work, play), they are what I like to call blank canvases because they can be accessorized with any color, and in general, black is a color that looks good on everyone.
My favorite little black dresses are ones that have a little bit of interest, a detail whether it be off the shoulder, some lace
incorporated into the look or fun cut out details.
That’s why I had to find a way to get this cocktail dress from Sposabella Bridals (don’t let the name fool you, they have tons of gowns and cocktail dresses in stock!) into my closet! Not only is it a sophisticated pencil dress, but the top half has an interesting additional layer of fabric, the neckline is a bit unique and the spaghetti strap detail in the back – all making it special while also remaining versatile.
For this event I wanted to remain understated but still add a little bit of flair. So, instead of wearing black strappy shoes, I found a pair of silver metallic heels from Changing Tides Consignment and chose a black clutch that also had a bit of gunmetal detail. I finished the look off with a couple of vintage pins in my hair and a pair of costume diamond studs from East Wind Silver Co. and was good to mix and mingle!
I am excited to keep exploring the possibilities with this dress – perhaps try an all-black look with a colorful statement necklace or throw on a pair of red pumps and grab a large red clutch to match. The best part is that the color and style lend themselves to a seemingly infinite amount of style possibilities.
You might remember when I first started The Current Quarterly I used to share photos of what I was wearing – all of which was purchased at locally owned stores – in an attempt to show people that Cape Cod has a lot of great locally owned boutiques that offer on trend as well as classic styles.
After many requests, I decided to bring this fun practice back in a bi-
monthly blog post with a little commentary on the pieces I picked and put together.
The center of this outfit is quite obviously the pants, which I found at One 21, a newly opened boutique in Mashpee Commons that stocks apparel and leather goods made in Italy. There are many eye-catching pieces in the boutique, but I have always been attracted to a great pair of trousers, and these with the paper bag waist and maroon and black houndstooth print made me fall in love with them the moment I saw them. In addition to offering something new and fresh, I felt like they were versatile – I could wear them to work, for a night out with the girls or to Thanksgiving dinner (I have done all three).
But an outfit is not an outfit without the complementary pieces and accessories to support the eye-catching piece.
I am loving the baggy-sweater-tucked-in-just-at-the-front-of-pants look right now, and these pants with their waistline detail lent themselves well to that trend. So, I pulled out my sweater of the season (in the same maroon color of the pants) from Shift, to achieve that look with this outfit.
My long-ago purchased short booties from Mass Bay Co. worked well with the length of the pants. And I added little pops of gold with my go-to gold hoops from Red Fish Blue Fish, and my Trust bar necklace (with the word ‘local’ engraved in it) from the LoveLocal Collective in Hyannis.
I’m curious – how you would have styled these pants?
Amanda Converse is the Editor & Publisher of The Current Quarterly, and is passionate about fashion and shopping local. She can be reached at email@example.com.