My husband may be a laid-back SoCal boy, but he loves getting dressed up and coordinating with me when we go out (of course he’d never admit it!). We try to avoid matchy-matchy and instead tie in elements like accent colors or patterns across both our outfits – could be as simple as a fresh white shirt + pocket square like Nick’s wearing here. We’ve teamed up with Express for this post on his & hers special occasion dressing, for those of you who shop for both yourself and your other half! They offer “short” inseams for some items, and sizes starting at 00 that may require minimal or no alterations on petite ladies.
For special occasion outfits, I often default to a dress but also love the idea of a fancier skirt pairing. My skirt actually comes with a coordinating top, but I wanted to mix textures with the thick crochet against a stretchy sweater knit. In addition to a crop top as shown, I can see a dressy skirt worn with a knotted chambray shirt, an off-shoulder tank, or a neutral moto jacket for cooler temps. I’ve also worn this same outfit to brunch, dressed down with my tan espadrille shoes plus a cropped denim jacket.
This skirt in 00 regular fits true to size for American brands, and measures about 25″ around the waist and is 24″ long. The material is a thick, heavier crochet that looks good quality in-person. I wanted the skirt to sit high up by my natural waistline, so I took the waist in about an inch. The textured outer with a separate lining reminded me of a DIY alteration trick that I demonstrated on a crochet dress in this post. Similarly, with this skirt I stitched two straight lines on the interior of the crochet material (making sure not to touch the lining) to create two waist darts. This results in a visible crease from the interior, but the crochet helps mask everything from the exterior. This is not a proper alteration, but it took about five minutes and worked for me…I never knew I could get the illusion of curves from the derrière!
Nick has tried on several cuts at Express and his favorite is the Innovator extra slim fit (similar to a regular slim fit in other contemporary brands) – he’s wearing the same suit with a bowtie in this post at the Kentucky Derby. For sizing reference, Nick usually takes a “short” blazer at other brands, but the regular length in his usual size fit best here. This may mean the “short” might work well for guys who typically find even short jackets in other brands to be too long.
Just as a note, I don’t recommend wearing white to a wedding, but I love a look like this for a night out, cocktail events, or bridal activities if you’re the bride-to-be. Another white piece I tried on is this shirtdress (comes in several other colors) with a slight high-low hem, which was fitted on me throughout in a regular size 0.