What to Wear: Viva Brasil! Carnival Dance Party!

When I heard about Creative Alliance’s March 3rd  Carnival Dance Party, the first thing that popped into my head was bright colors. That said, the weather in Baltimore has been quite manic, which makes planning ahead a bit more difficult than usual. My solution – thematically appropriate accessories with a simple transitional outfit.

In cases like this, where dance lessons are involved (yes, the event has dance lessons!) you’ll want to go for a bottom with a little give. I got these black pants by BCBG last week and they are amazing. And they are thick enough that you feel like you’re wearing actual pants. If that doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will. The BCBG store in Towson closed, but you can order them online at bcbg.com. (BCBG Lana Ponte Legging $138, Photo courtesy bcbg.com)

This top, also from BCBG is the perfect companion to the black pants. I am obsessed with anything off-the-shoulder. I know, the trend started a while back, but I don’t think there is any reason to retire it. Not to mention, these sleeves scream “Viva Brasil!” (BCBG Carissa Off-The-Shoulder Top $138, Photo courtesy bcbg.com)

At a recent trip to Cloud 9 Clothing in Canton (2400 Boston Street, 21224), I hit the jewelry lottery. If you’re going to get one Carnival item, this necklace by Zad is it. The colors are perfect, and it pops against a neutral palette. AND it’s marked down to $12 from $24.

While at Cloud 9, I spotted this cuff. It’s also by Zad and on sale for $11 (from $22).

Those of you who aren’t feeling the whole orange/red color scheme, these blue earrings by Zad are a fun, bright addition to the BCBG basics. At $9 (marked down from $18) you can by a pair for yourself and a friend.

As you might have gathered, my favorite way to complete any look is a good designer bag. That said, I get it; bags are expensive. Lucky for you, Alice Jane (1407 Clarkview Rd, 21209) is holding a designer bag event this weekend (3/1 to 3/3) where you can get a gently worn designer bag at a lower price point. (Visit store for pricing, Photo courtesy Alice Jane)

The best part about all these items — you can wear them separately (or together if you’re feeling a little festive) well into the summer. xx

About Veida McCampbell

Anyone who knows Veida McCampbell will tell you that she knows how to dress. Whether she's going to a meeting, heading to a workout or en route to a party, she’s always turned out perfectly for the occasion.   Veida looks at personal style as an opportunity to make a statement about yourself without having to speak a single word.   “Someone’s impression of you is often determined by what you are wearing. Why not make it a good one?” she says.   It’s one thing to be able to style yourself. It’s another to be able to help others that way. Veida has mastered the art of both. Before she started her marketing consulting business, Veida worked as a television producer in LA. As a producer, part of her job was - you guessed it – helping style the on-camera talent.    Working in the entertainment industry gave her exposure and access to leading designers and stylists, which further boosted her fashion education. With Veida back in Baltimore and now the go-to fashion advisor for many of her friends, we’ve asked her to share her knowledge and skill with us. In her bi-weekly column, “What To Wear,” Veida will rely on Baltimore area shops to both put together outfits she suggests for upcoming Baltimore events, and to answer some of your style questions.

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