One of the most noteworthy numbers sent down this Fall ’13’s runways was the plaid Peter Pan collared frock from Saint Laurent. Encapsulating just enough of the 90’s grunge while maintaining the sweetness of a babydoll silhouette, this dress becomes a classic contradiction. Valentino and Louis Vuitton also sent very similar styles down the catwalk. A perfect day to night dress that will transition effortlessly from cubicle to club by trading in flat boots for spiky Mary-Janes or strappy pumps, letting your hair loose and cranking up the smokey eye. A perfect perfect mixture of sugar and spice- ain’t that nice?
1. Alice + Olivia Courtnee Combo Cuff Dress, 2. RED Valentino Polka Dot Peter Pan Collar Dress, 3. Sea Combo Silk Dress, 4. Victoria Beckham Peter Pan Collar Ottoman Mini Dress, 5. Cooperative Contrast Collar Babydoll Dress, 6.Motel Narla Cross-Back Dress, 7. Maje Eponyme Chiffon Paneled Stretch Jersey Mini Dress, 8. Charles Henry Collared Colorblock Dress, 9. One & Only x Urban Renewal Collared Babydoll Dress, 10. Elkin Noon Dress
The hardest decision you will be forced to make in 2013 is probably what to wear while bidding it adieu. Oh? You spent 2013 choosing a graduate school, getting engaged, and curing cancer? Well, the last eleven months have been slightly less impressive for me. I still have two halfway written novels collecting dust, a never ending to-do list, and a closet that’s needed to be cleaned out since 2011. We’ll chock this one up to reacclimating to the East Coast. Writing this post has actually just sent me into a miniature shame spiral much like when Facebook keeps asking if I’d like to see my year in review. No. Absolutely not. I lived it. No need to do it again.
But back to what really matters in the grand scheme of life and what will be posted all over your Facebook timeline come January 1st… your party dress! While some still feel that the last night of the year is the best and most appropriate time to wear a dress strictly constructed of sequins, others feel the onslaught of nausea and would prefer the “anti-sparkle dress.” I straddle the middle, but am more likely to wear sequins to Duane Reade on a random Tuesday to buy toilet paper than for a specific occasion that calls for them. That said, there is a happy ending in all of this and its name is metallics. I think a metallic frock is a much more modern take on shine than the oh so standard sequins. So, look for something laced with lurex or punched up with patent to get the look sans gagging.
Hm… now that I’ve taken all the trouble out of finding something to wear, now you’ve got an even harder decision? Who will you plant those luscious lips on at the stroke of midnight?
1. Jonathan Simkhai Colorblock Boucle Dress, 2. Capitol Couture by Trish Summerville Laser Cut Patent Leather Dress, 3. Oh My Love Metallic Surplice Dress, 4. Opening Ceremony Hope Deep V Dress, 5. Roland Mouret Malha Lamé TTD, 6. KNT by Kova & T Backless Metallic Halter Dress, 7.Milly Laminated Flare Dress, 8. Sass & Bide Here & Now Beaded Silk Minidress, 9. Free People Golden Chalice Maxi Dress, 10. Motel Cherry Pie Metallic Mesh Top Dress
On to the next.
You know what I love almost as much/more/I can’t decide than lingerie? Swimsuits. Know why? ‘Cause it’s like underwear that you can wear in public. Who doesn’t like beating the heat poolside wearing a barely there fashion statement? And why else have you been going to the gym? Oh right, for cardiovascular health, of course. Whatever, you totally do it to counterbalance those Girl Scout cookies. You’re not fooling anyone. Not that it matters because swimsuit season is upon us and you’re just going to have to come to terms with that.
This season’s swimwear is strongly reflective of spring trends. Colorblocking, graphic black and white, midriff tops, fringe, and cutouts are all staples for the catwalk as well as the boardwalk. And while I still stand firm that less is more when it comes to bikini bottom coverage, there are cuts and shapes for all body types.
Be Bold in Black & White:
Red Carter Glitter Bomb One Piece, Herve Leger Bandeau Bikini, Dolce & Gabbana Polka Dot Triangle Bikini, Norma Kamali Shane One Piece, Karla Colletto Stripe Monokini
Collect the Fringe Benefits:
Vitamin A Tulum Bikini Top and Bottoms, OndadeMar Fringed Triangle Bikini Top and Java Bikini Bottoms, Thayer Lace Up Bandeau Bikini Top and Brazilian Bikini Bottoms, L*Space Stardust Fringe One Piece, Luli Fama Cosita Buena Fringe Bikini Top and Wavy Bottoms
Get Crafy with Cut Outs:
Tori Praver Lili Bikini Top and Bottom, Agent Provocateur Kristie Braided Cutout Swimsuit, L*Space Sensual Solids Le Chic Bikini Top and Estella Bottom, T by Alexander Wang Bandeau Top and T Bikini Bottoms, Vitamin A Siren Wrap Bikini Top and Chloe Triple Braid Bikini Bottom
Zimmerman Clique Perforated Bikini, Mara Hoffman Rainbow Printed Bikini, Beach Riot Farrow Bikini Top and Bottom, MINKPINK Florence Frill Bikini Top and Bottom, Amore & Sorvete Belle Top and Bottoms
Block It Like It’s Hot:
Seea Leucadia Reversible Bikini Top and Bottom, DosMares Galena Bandeau Bikini, VPL Malaga Insertion Bikini Top and Bottom, Shakuhachi Ultra Neon Colorblock Bikini, Marc by Marc Jacobs Pleated Maillot
Sorry, Timberlake, the only suit I will be wearing is that of the “swim” variety.
We all dream of designer duds, but not all of us have the deep pockets to afford them. That’s why all of the luxury designer collaborations have been major for all of us aspiring fashionistas. There was Missoni for Target, Margiela for H&M, Christopher Kane for Topshop, and Prabal Gurung for J. Crew to name a few. This past October, Narciso Rogriguez unveiled its collaboration with Kohl’s at the IAC building in New York. I was fortunate enough to score an invite to a truly beautiful event. As if the atmosphere and passed cocktails/hors d’ooeuvres weren’t enough, we were all gifted a serious swag bag on the way out chocked full of pieces from the collection. Several attendees were decked out in the pieces as well, and I’ve got to say, they looked absolutely fabulous. The look was strong colorblocking, detailed tailoring, and bright pops of color and pattern.
I was super psyched about a pair of really rad silk pajama pants in my bag, but alas all items were size Medium, which means they are sadly a little bit too big. Sucks for me… awesome for two of you! Since I don’t have one millimeter of spare closet space, I will be giving away my goodies to two winners who follow and retweet this message. Be sure to include the #hashtag for the prize you’d like to win. ‘Tis the season for sharing (and how amazing would these little numbers be for holiday soirees?).
Note: Narciso Rodriguez and Kohl’s are not directly affiliated with this contest.
Should you wear a long dress? Or something short and sassy? Can’t make up your mind? You don’t have to! Recently I’ve seen an influx of frocks that allow you to wear both. Short in the front and long in the back. Is this the mullet of dresses? Maybe. Hm… the mullet suddenly makes so much more sense to me now. Weird. These schizophrenic hemmed frocks appear to be the perfect answer for an outdoor or afternoon wedding or a semi-formal party. When you’re wearing both how can you really go wrong?
1. Heather Hi Lo ZIp Dress, $164, 2. Aidan Mattox Printed Hi-Lo Chiffon Gown, $295, 3. Keepsake Moonlight Dancer Dress, $168, 4. Free People Hi Low Color Block Dress, $148, 5. sass & bide Secret Place Sunburst Print Dress, $485, 6. MAXAZRIA Hi Low Drape Front Dress, $448, 7. Keepsake Make You Mine Dress, $185, 8. Gryphon Francesca Dress, $495, 9. Hard Tail Sleeveless Hi Low Dress, $68, 10. Elizabeth and James Claudia Cuff Dress, $495