Monday, 28 March 2016

Farewell




Saying goodbye is never easy. Unfortunately, it is part of the circle of life and, therefore, unavoidable. I recently attended a service for my partner's dear friend and colleague who departed tragically. I feel grief is particularly hard in those circumstances, as it is unexpected. Those left behind have no time to prepare emotionally and must brave the aftermath, sometimes without closure. Saying goodbye is not easy, but I would always rather have the opportunity to do so. Personally, I feel closure helps me cope with grief and I could not imagine loosing someone without having the chance to say farewell. My heart goes out to the family, friends and colleagues in this time of sorrow. 

Dressing to attend a service is not an easy task either. One wants to hit the right notes of formality and respect. I tend to reach for black, as it is the traditional colour of mourning. I chose to also add navy blue to my palette as a way to make the outfit a little less stern. I stuck with classic, modest lines and added touches of personal flair, without overdoing it. A high neckline, a tailored coat, nylons and simple pumps were my go-to options. There is a happy medium to find between dressing appropriately without sacrificing personal style. However, it is important to remember you are there to pay your respects and not be the center of attention.

Dress: Smart Set | Belt: Call it Spring | Earrings: Fifth Avenue Collection | Bracelet: Pandora | Coat: H&M | Clutch: Ricki's | Shoes: Michael Antonio

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