It's getting on towards fall here in Maine and today was rainy as well. I never know what the temperature will be in church and so have to dress in layers. Often my hands get cold while waiting to play the piano so I have to sit on them! So today I took no chances, wearing tights and suede heels.
My outfit consisted of a KS 2875 sweater/jacket with a boucle from EOS, a Jalie 2794 sweetheart top made from a cotton/lycra from Christine Jonson, and a knit pencil skirt from Christine Jonson Basewear Two made from an ottoman knit, one of about five thousand I have made from this pattern(just kidding! but I have made about 20 or so--instant gratification and better for you than chocolate chip cookies).
I really love making these boucle sweaters and have them in several colors. They look a little more dressy than a plain sweater, almost like a jacket, and are warmer and don't require shoulder pads. They give an outfit just that extra polish, IMO.
Actually, I go back and forth on this topic quite a bit with my daughters. I can always count on them for brutal honesty. Mr D, however, is another matter. "Do I look frumpy in this outfit?" I ask him. "What does that mean?" he always replies.
I've never personally known a woman who was totally satisfied with her shape and look. But at least sewing can help.