Standing Out In A Crowd | Red Lace And Attitude

When it comes to business, social etiquette involves us looking our best. Unfortunately, as a species, we are not yet evolved enough to judge people based on their character alone. Our success or failure is often based on visual indicators. These visual indicators are powerful things. Often people will come to conclusions about us before we even open our mouths.

Wearing red lace and attitude

On the whole, to be taken seriously we must look the part. Which is a shame because I would live in my pajamas given half a chance.

For most human beings this isn’t a problem. They actively strive to be noticed by others, it’s their natural instinct – much like a peacock flaunting his feathers. For others, the thought of standing out in a crowd strikes terror into their very souls.

Yet let’s face it, we are either part of the flock or we stand out by making our mark. Last week I attempted to do just that. Stand out that is, not become a sheep – even though I’m Welsh.

Standing out in a crowd by wearing a red lace long overtop | The Barefaced Chic, fashion blog for women over 50
Standing out in a crowd by wearing a red lace long overtop | The Barefaced Chic, fashion blog for women over 50

Standing out in a crowd by wearing a red lace long overtop | The Barefaced Chic, fashion blog for women over 50

Standing out in a crowd by wearing a red lace long overtop | The Barefaced Chic, fashion blog for women over 50

How To Stand Out In A Crowd

Regular readers will know that I haven’t always been happy being the peacock in the room, I used to hide away in shades of beige. Age, confidence in myself and the knowledge that most people are too busy worrying about how they look themselves has opened up a whole new fashion path for me.

So when an invite dropped into my inbox to a rather interesting business launch, I knew I’d have to pull out every weapon in my fashion arsenal. The networking opportunities demanded that I stand out from the crowd, blending in simply wasn’t an option.

This led me to two questions:

  1. What to wear in order to stand out from the hundreds of other lovely ladies attending?
  2. Being as the launch party was immediately after a busy business day, how was I going to transition from business to party without changing outfits?

The first question found me wandering around Debenhams in search of inspiration, which is when this lace beauty caught my eye. The model on the label was wearing it with an eye-watering short skirt and crop top, but I wasn’t going to let that put me off.

The second question was more of a head-scratcher, so I took inspiration from one of my own posts. I’ve written before about transitioning from office to romance and I found myself wondering if I could team the same Hobbs little black dress with the red lace overtop.

I can’t tell you how tightly I had my fingers crossed when I tried on the whole ensemble – which made doing up the zip a bit tricky I can tell you 😂

I must admit, I would have preferred to change outfits but I had less than five minutes between the end of my meeting and the arrival of a taxi to whisk me off for my evening of networking. So, not bad for a quick toilet change eh?

I really do think that living this rather crazy life of mine has forced me to think outside the box as far as fashion is concerned. Sometimes my journey through the world of fashion ends in disaster, sometimes I pull a rabbit out of the hat.

On this occasion I was pretty happy with the overall look: it was comfortable, eye-catching and I felt confident in it. Bit of a result then!

As for standing out in a crowd – I had a number of complimentary comments about my outfit and follow up emails have informed me that people were asking who the lady in red was. Just goes to show, throw some red lace and attitude at an event and you can’t go wrong!

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Standing out in a crowd by wearing a red lace long overtop | The Barefaced Chic, fashion blog for women over 50
Standing out in a crowd by wearing a red lace long overtop | The Barefaced Chic, fashion blog for women over 50
Standing out in a crowd by wearing a red lace long overtop | The Barefaced Chic, fashion blog for women over 50
Standing out in a crowd by wearing a red lace long overtop | The Barefaced Chic, fashion blog for women over 50

Red Lace Overtop – Quiz
Black Dress – Hobbs
Boots – Next
Bag – Julien Mcdonald

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27 Comments

  1. Joanna
    November 1, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    What an easy transition from business to social. You look lovely.

  2. November 1, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    It’s always a challenge to stand-out-in-a-good-way in situations like these and you have pulled it off with grace and elegance. This red lace piece is lovely and I really like the way it looks with your purse – lovely detail going on there.

    Great post!

    Cheers,
    Deborah
    http://www.fabulousafter40.com

    • November 2, 2017 / 9:28 am

      Thank you so much Deborah. I’ve had a number of opportunities arise from that event. I think maybe that lace overtop is going to become my lucky piece 🙂

  3. November 1, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    OMG you crack me up Michelle! I’ve so missed your witty posts lady, it’s great to have you back. Now as for the outfit…I LOVE IT! I love that you could imagine how it’d look styled more, shall we say, modestly? No offence to twenty year olds but Oy Vey that skirt was short enough to be called a belt 😉 xxx

    • November 2, 2017 / 9:30 am

      It’s great to be back and feeling more myself! I know what you mean about that skirt – you could see everything but the fallopian tubes

      • Susie
        November 12, 2017 / 5:41 pm

        Looking at the store page, I think it’s a pair of shorts rather than a skirt – but they are VERY short! 🙂

        I love red, even though I’m an introvert, but I would have glanced at that top and passed it by without imagining how I could wear it myself. Thank you for showing a different way to style it!

  4. Sarah Finlayson
    November 1, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    I love that outfit and love the way you have used it to go from the office. The red lace overlay is so striking and creates such a memorable image

  5. Linda
    November 2, 2017 / 7:12 am

    Nice to have you back . Love the red lace and it looks really good. It turns a plain outfit into something really special.

  6. November 2, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    Looks stunning on you. Red can be a very flattering colour.

  7. Elisa
    November 2, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    You look amazing! A very creative outfit worn by a beautiful lady.

  8. November 2, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    Looking fabulous Michelle, particularly love the hairdo – stunning love Anne x

    • November 3, 2017 / 8:35 am

      Thank you Anne! I’ll let you into a little secret – it’s a hairpiece. I wear them all the time. I’ll be filming a video about them soon 🙂

  9. November 3, 2017 / 1:09 am

    What a STUNNING silhouette! That was one great outfit- we’ll done! (And if I may say, looks a heck of a lot better on you than the model!)

  10. November 3, 2017 / 6:04 am

    Wow Michelle, you did an excellent job. I can imagine you looked the business part without the red overtop. And you look so sophisticated and confident with the red lace. Beautiful boots and bag too. It is hard to imagine you being shy, but I have read about it in your posts. I am a peacock, I am sure you noticed that haha.
    Greetje

    • November 3, 2017 / 8:37 am

      Greetje, I’m shocked that you think of yourself as a peacock 😉
      Thank you for your lovely comment 🙂

  11. November 3, 2017 / 11:41 pm

    Wow, this looks amazing! I love this red over lace top. Well done – you got this sooo right, but most of your outfits are! x Jacqui
    http://www.mummabstylish.com

    • November 4, 2017 / 9:51 am

      Thanks Jacqui, I’m still experimenting with my look but I love this one xxx

  12. November 4, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    That’s a fantastic look, so stylish and eye catching. It’s so great when you find a gem like the red lacey wrap.

    • November 5, 2017 / 12:37 pm

      Thanks Gail, It’s a look I think I’ll be recreating over and over again 🙂

  13. November 8, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    Wow, simply stunning. I can totally imagine that you got lots of compliments and were attracting quite some attention. Mission accomplished I’d say. Love, Lieske

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