WHAT (NOT) TO WEAR ON STAGE

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I’ve been performing improv comedy in some capacity since I was in high school. So, I like to think I’ve learned a thing or two in my time as a comedian. In my experience, there is a clear list of what one should and should not wear when going on stage. And, while I realize that not everyone reading this will make it on to a stage at some point in their life, I hope you can still enjoy the embarrassing mishaps I have lived through in order to come up with this list. Let’s start from the bottom and work our way up, shall we?

1) If you are going to run around on stage making a fool of yourself, you don’t want your wardrobe distracting the audience from the killer Christopher Walken impression you’re doing. A surefire way to make that happen is if you fall, and it’s not on purpose. Make sure you are wearing proper footwear, my fellow performers! There is nothing more humiliating than trying to scurry across stage and having the heel of your faux-leather bootie slip out from under you, sending you plummeting face first into the lap of an unsuspecting audience member. Hypothetically speaking, of course.

2) Dresses are adorable. They are appropriate for many occasions; performing on stage is not one of them. If I had a nickel for every time I donned a cute sundress for a summer show in the hopes of exuding my inner Zooey Deschanel, only to end up crying in the green room because half of the improv community became a little too familiar with my undergarment choices, I would be paying someone else to write this for me right now.

3) Decolletage can be a great thing, in the right setting. A second date with your crush, perfect. When you may have to do a cartwheel in a scene because it is true to your character, not so much. We all cringe a bit during red carpet “slip-ups” by celebrities, so just try and imagine how red in the face you would be if that happened in front of a room full of friends, family, and strangers. Especially when the closest audience member is a mere two feet away from you!

Again, I know most of you will never have to worry about these things happening to you, which is very fortunate. But the next time you attend a comedy show, try to have some compassion for the people up on stage, putting themselves out there, and who will inevitably encounter a fashion faux-pas at some point.

Stay Warm, My Friends

For those of you who are lucky enough to be blissfully unaware, the city of Boston has transformed in to a frozen tundra this week, reminiscent of a landscape from a Russian novel. In laments terms: it’s freezing outside! So, you can imagine my irate frustration when the heat and hot water in my apartment decided to take a little hiatus this week, leaving my fiancé and me to succumb to numb fingers and toes while trying to retain a normal body temperature by burying ourselves under mountains of blankets and sheets in our bed. 

The unfortunate reality of having no heat and hot water is that one begins to ponder the absolute necessity of bathing. Which begs the question, “how can I use clothes to communicate to the outside world that I am simply a victim of circumstance, and not someone who has thrown in the towel on life.” My answer: bright, fun colors. 

Winter doesn’t have to mean all dark and drab. And, although a black monochromatic look is one of my favorites to rock in cooler weather, bright, punchy pieces are a great way to lift your look, and your mood! If you can’t bear to lose your worn-in yoga pants on a day where your thermostat is stuck at 40 degrees, opt to pair them with an eye catching piece, like a chunky sweater or scarf in a neon pink or green. Throw on some fleece socks under a pair of brown knee-high boots, and you’ll look like your unwashed hair might actually be on purpose! It’s all about presentation, people!

When I was younger, whenever I was in a bad mood, my Mom used to always say, “fake it ’til you make it, sweet pea!” And wearing bright colors during the darkest of January days is the absolute embodiment of that saying. Let the neon train pull you right on in to springtime, and it will be time for sun dresses and espadrilles in no time!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s time for sipping hot chocolate by a Yankee Candle while I wait for my landlord to come and fix my apartment!  

Wedding Accessories!

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Maybe it’s because I’m getting married in 10 months (gasp!), but bridal fashion has pretty much been at the forefront of my mind for the past few weeks. My Pinterest history can vouch for it. But what’s interesting is that when I think about what I’ll be wearing on the big day, I’m not consumed by thoughts of tulle and lace. No, I find what I’ve been most pensive about is how I plan to accessorize my not-yet-existent gown. A trend that I’ve been hyper aware of lately is brides pairing their thousand-dollar plus gowns not with flashy, expensive diamonds or rented jewels, but instead choosing to play down the glamour of their dress with their everyday jewelry. That’s right, folks, wearing your Monday through Sunday Alex and Ani bangles slung right alongside a Vera Wang princess ball gown. And I must admit, I absolutely LOVE this trend!

As someone who would describe their personal style as boho, shabby, 1950’s housewife chic, I love the idea of taking the personality that all my wedding guests know, and portraying it through familiar accessories on my wedding day. (Don’t worry, Mom, I’m not talking about sporting my ‘Rosie the Riveter’ red bandana over a $100 hair-do). But, I do like the idea of having the bracelets and rings that walk me through my everyday routine walking my down the aisle as well. 

As with most trends, there is a right and a wrong way to do this. If you do choose to wear your day-to-day jewelry in lieu of more opulent pieces, make sure they fit with the overall aesthetic of your look. Don’t try to wear a hemp and bead necklace you made at summer camp when you were twelve with a blush mermaid dress. Stick to simple pieces you won’t be embarrassed about when your future daughter is looking through your wedding album. 

Accessories are also a great way to incorporate the “something old/something borrowed” factors in to your wedding. Personally, I plan on wearing a vintage cameo ring that was a gift from my future mother-in-law. Not only is it a great way to pay respect to the people who have been there through your journey as a couple, but it is a cool and unique way to add some original flair to a dress that thousands of other brides have access to. 

So if your wedding budget is already being stretched thin, don’t worry too much about not having the cash to glam up your gown. Be on trend and unique by accessorizing with jewelry that your guests associate with your everyday, beautiful look.

Oh, and congrats, girl!

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