A. I totally understand where you’re coming from. There are ways to get around this!
First, try picking a wide-cut crop top and high-waisted skirt. You can choose a pencil skirt or a circle/round skirt. When the top is cut wider than the skirt, it gives the look you want without actually exposing your midriff!
Here's another option. You can pick a tank or bodysuit wear under your crop top, to meet in the middle. Choose a sheer bodysuit that covers your midriff, but gives the faux appearance of skin. Or try pulling a color from your overall look and wear a tank in that color. Choose a bodysuit of the same color for a monochromatic look.
A. Versatility is key here! First, decide if you want to wear pants or a dress. Don’t opt for jeans; they may not give the comfort you need or the polish you desire. You want to go from event to event without looking like you’ve had a full social calendar. For the sake of this post, let’s choose a dress (very easy). In this spring/summer season, you have plenty of lightweight transitional dresses to choose from.
Using your dress as the base, bring two pairs of shoes, one dressy statement piece of jewelry, and a blazer or cardigan to give you punch for the cocktail party.
If you can’t swing two pairs of shoes, pick a wedge sandal that can be worn day or night.