Got your New Year’s Eve outfit all planned and laid out? Or do you need a little more inspiration? I have been in the latter category, but I spent some time re-charging my style batteries and the fruits of my labor (or restoration? Hmm) are now here for the sharing :). So often, New Year’s is about full-on glitz and glam, all the stops, over the top, glitter bomb. But this year, I’ve been attracted to subtler versions of shine.
A classic red dress always makes a great option for the holidays..actually, for a lot of days ;). If you have one, consider going for this eye-cathcing and super-trendy shade. Add a hint of shine via statement earrings and a sparkling belt. I love crystal-encrusted ones, or centrally-embellished pieces. You can DIY the latter type by adding a brooch to any leather belt you have that’s narrower than the pin length. Finish with simple black flats in a luxe material like suede or velvet. (Don’t shy away from crystal-embellished ones if you have some that are calling you :) ).
Nothing says opulence like the pairing of black with metallic, especially metallic gold. Pair a slim tee or sweater with leggings and top with along cardigan. Add formality to the look with a wide, metallic waist belt and coordinating pumps. Complete the look with statement earrings in a similar hue, and a metallic bag (black makes a classic alternative). PS if you have several rose gold accessories, the blush-metallic tone makes a stunning alternative to traditional gold.
For an even more subtle sheen, reach for the soft glow of velvet via a jewel tone blazer. Get a 70’s vibe going by layering it over a floral blouse, and then add a modern twist by pairing it with skinny denim. Finish with au courant velvet ankle booties, or always-appropriate black suede. If it’s too warm where you live for a blazer (I’m jealous!), do this look with a velvet blouse instead.
If you’re feeling totally cool girl this year, pair a glittering sequin or lamé tank/cami with cropped denim (frayed and high-low hems 100% acceptable!). Top the look with an on-trend Teddy or faux fur coat – I’ve done a classic neutral, but if you own a fun color, definitely feel free to break it out for this look! Complete the ensemble with heeled sandals or pumps in a coordinating metallic, matching sequins, embellished neutral or simple but luxe satin.
Finally, consider letting a shimmering blouse make your statement this NYE. Pieces ranging from all-out lame to subtle incorporations of metallic threads to metallic embroidered details can all work. Throw in a dash of the punk trend by pairing it with hardware-embellished slim pants or leggings and studded flat boots. Top with a cotton biker jacket or leather moto jacket for a bit more edge and extra layer of warmth.
Happy New Year’s Eve styling,loves and best wishes for 2018! (It can’t really already be almost 2018, can it?)
Need a little inspiration for what to wear for this holiday season's round of social engagements? Can do, loves! Grab a beverage and settle in for a fierce little lookbook of what’s on our radar right now.
It’s tough to go wrong with a little black dress. When your fashion brain has the style version of writer’s block, it’s a great place to start, when you do a cozy turtleneck sweater version or an on-trend flared-sleeve silhouette. For the holidays, spike this classic with statement shoes. Sequins and crystal naturally come to mind and work flawlessly, but don’t forget about floral-embellished pairs or the luxe jacquard fabrics that are rocking the fashion world right now. They’re unexpected, gorgeous and an opulent take on the outfit-making shoe concept. Add an extra bit of glitter via your jewels – light-catching jet beads in a long pendant, crystal statement earrings or a go-big-or-go-home ring.
It’s hard to get me away from flannel during the cold weather. It just feels inviting! This year, add blue or black denim for a casual vibe and then kick up the fanciness quotient with a velvet blazer. I especially love this combo of black over red – the black grounds the bright color and makes the look breezily chic. Throw a little extra trend into the mix by going with pearl-embellished denim if you’ve gone to that oh-so-yummy place. (If you haven’t yet, but want to dip your toe in, add a pearl brooch or two to your pockets, belt loop(s) and/or cuffs). Leave the top two buttons undone on your blouse (three or four if you do a fancy cami below – think velvet, satin, lace-embellished) and add a pearl choker. Or, do a pearl statement ring. Finish with velvet pumps (suede will do nicely as well) or fun flats with tassels, embroidery or faux fur pom poms. I adore sparkle, but it can sometimes get overwhelming this time of year. This look is festive without being super-shiny, which makes it refreshing.
This year has seen a resurgence of the duster coat and it’s a glamorous look to wear to a holiday event! The swirl of a long coat always has a powerful magic to it. Consider pieces in velvet (I love corduroy as an alternative, too!) satin or suede. Layer them over a simple neutral turtleneck and denim (distressing allowed, if your occasion is casual enough :)). Bring some fierce to the look with OTK boots and add a sprinkling of statement gems to elevate the ensemble for night-out events. A formal bag – velvet, sequins, metallic – completes the casual opulence.
If there's one skirt that's been taking over fashion this holiday season, it's the pleated metallic! The pleats create beautiful movement and the metallic gives the pieces that extra special vibe that makes them holiday-worthy...and everyday-worthy. Because...why not? :) Any day is an excuse for amazing fashion! Pair them with simple turtlenecks, chunky oversized sweaters, sleek button downs. Top them with tough leather or disciplined military jackets. Complete them with suede ankle booties, combat boots, ankle-strap heels. And most importantly, twirl your heart out! Here's a few that I love:
1. Pleated Metallic Maxi Skirt by Eliza J at Dillards
2. Metallic Satin Pleated Skirt by English Factory at Shopbop (also in gold in limited sizes, blue also at LastCall at a better price, but in fewer sizes, also a blue similar at Anthropologie in limited sizes)
3. Foil Pleated Skirt by Vince Camuto at LastCall
4. Kyla Pleated Metallic Midi by Cremieux at Dillards
5. Pleated Metallic Midi at White House, Black Market (also a deep blue version with a soft sheen here)
6. Pleated Metallic Midi by Sugarlips at Dillards
7. Pleated Metallic Midi by JOA at Dillards
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