Wardrobe Planning with Ann: Red Lace

Ann has just completed her first outfit in this wardrobe planning series!  Why a lace 2-piece dress you ask?  (Lace is sold out)  Well, let me share why this is the first outfit.

I visited Ann’s closet a few weeks ago to assess her wardrobe and do an analysis.  Ann had already done a very good wardrobe cleanse and we had established her style aesthetic (Victorian, Edgy, Modern) so we moved on to the questionnaire.  Ann answered questions pertaining to her personal, professional and family lifestyle plus any upcoming events.  With that information, I was able to see what her wardrobe needs were and put them in order of priority.

The first immediate need was an upcoming wedding (2/2/19) and the Lunar New Year celebration happening a few days later.  Ann’s wardrobe is full of great neutrals (black, camel, grey) and soft pastels (cream and dusty rose).  I suggested we add red that would not only complement the other items in her closet but also help her stand out professionally plus the color looks great on her!  Because Ann is in the fashion/bridal industry, lace (without beading and sequin) was a good choice and could work for both events and in her everyday life.  Lace is not just for special occasions anymore!

Scarlet Red Lace

We decided on a modern and sleek silhouette a pencil skirt and a short sleeve crew neck top.  Ann added pockets using a Threads Magazine free pattern, lined both pieces with tricot lining and finished the seams with a Hong Kong binding.

Ann’s goal is to make items that look pulled together and work in all areas of her life.  Here are the looks we put together:


The top works well with jeans or casual pants.  The look on the right is what Ann wore to celebrate the Lunar New Year!

Professional Look:

The skirt as worn to the office and for client meetings mixed with the neutrals from her closet.

Special Events

And the final look Ann wore to the wedding accessorized with her DIY earrings.

Follow Ann’s YouTube channel for upcoming tutorials on how to make the earrings and her zipper application (a technique from Susan Khalje) for the top.

As Ann always says “I hope you get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary;)”

Up next:  Wardrobe basics…….


  1. Youtique Bridal & Formal
    February 8, 2019 / 10:42 am

    Although I was hesitant about the bright red lace outfit, I LOVE IT Roz! In 2 weeks, I got to wear it in so many different ways. I love the versatility. Thank you for choosing what is right for me:)

  2. bpatricia74
    February 8, 2019 / 12:54 pm

    I love the versatility of this outfit. It actual looks like a dress! Great pattern and fabric choice!

  3. SewToFit
    February 8, 2019 / 3:47 pm

    Ann this phenomenal. It speaks Youtique bridal with a nod toward that chic daily wear.

  4. Roz
    February 8, 2019 / 8:31 pm

    Ann, you may have hesitated but you said: "I'll trust the process". 🙂 Thanks!

  5. Roz
    February 8, 2019 / 8:32 pm

    Thanks, Pat!!

  6. Roz
    February 8, 2019 / 8:32 pm

    You know it, Andrea!:)

  7. Nateida Lathon
    February 9, 2019 / 4:52 pm

    Love this entire look, it fits Ann style aesthetic perfectly and that zipper technique is brilliant.

  8. Unknown
    February 11, 2019 / 1:46 am

    Couldn’t be more impressed!May have to see what Roz does with grey fat old ladies…Rosemary

  9. Audrey
    February 11, 2019 / 2:25 pm

    The two pieces together are a beautiful outfit, but I am amazed at how versatile the red lace top and skirt are with other garments in her wardrobe. Very inspiring.

  10. Roz
    February 11, 2019 / 8:00 pm

    Rosemary, I love all ages and body types! 🙂

  11. Roz
    February 11, 2019 / 8:01 pm

    Happy you felt inspired Audrey. You are an inspiration, too!

  12. Youtique Bridal & Formal
    February 11, 2019 / 10:38 pm

    Thank you everyone! Roz did such a wonderful job choosing what to sew, fabric, & color. She thoughtfully chose lace for my line of work – now that's going above & beyond. Roz worked off the pieces of clothing I already had and told me how versatile this basic red lace skirt/blouse was going to be for me. She is amazing & I highly recommend her services!

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