Going out to dinner often creates a myriad of opposing emotions: excitement (you don’t have to cook and do the dishes – yay), dread (you have to find something to wear other than sweats – boo). And the holidays ratchet up this feeling into the “I might need meds” category.
You can dress down a skirt by pairing it with a chambray top. via Women’s Fashion Galaxy
We’ll often create a fun outfit for a client’s style album and get the question, “Where am I going to wear that?” and the answer is, “Out to dinner or to a holiday party, of course!” And the response is, “Ohhhhh” like we’ve just revealed the answer to one of life’s most perplexing mysteries. Maybe we have. Flashbacks of past dinner date mistakes are crowding your brain right now – let it go.
I see people out and about wearing the most peculiar choice of clothing (understatement alert). Like this past weekend, I took my nieces and sister to a fab restaurant in downtown Nashville, Virago, and here’s what we saw: a mature woman in a tight Tiffany blue velour sweatsuit with a white fur vest and matching fur boots. Then we saw the usual gaggle of twenty-somethings in leggings with ankle booties and shapeless tops falling off their frames. But it’s what the women in their 40′s and 50′s wear that seems to be the most, er, perplexing. I swear I think some women just grab what they wore to the office the day before and look far too corporate slash boring; or they try too hard and its bedazzled jeans, sparkly eyeshadow and a top that just doesn’t work unless you’re clubbin’.
Once you pass your 20′s, we enter difficult years for dressing for casual/going out events. May I make some suggestions? For holiday-specific ideas, click here for my post and click here to read my collab with www.StyleBlueprint.com.
Shall we begin?
Jeans and a fun top.
Jeans and a sparkly top is a perfect outfit for a casual holiday dinner party. via net-a-porter
For a less dressy affair, go easy on the core outfit pieces; the key will be your accessories. No bedazzled jeans, period. In fact, the less prominent the stitching on your jeans, the better. (Been looking for a way to get that in a post, so there you go.)
The core pieces are a backdrop for statement jewelry and fun shoes. via pinterest
You can’t tell me Alexa Chung isn’t so cool. Loving this coat draped over the shoulders thing. Note her blouse and jeans – perfect for her age, perfect for anyone. She’s 30, by the way. via Posh
An LBD (Little Black Dress) and statement jewelry.
If you wear an LBD, add a statement earring. Throw your hair up if it’s long to showcase your jewelry. via Lipstick, Heels and a Baby
If you want to spice it up, you’ll want something that says I’m a party waiting to happen, but I know my place at the table – the grown-ups’ table, not the frat party table. If you’re showing leg, cover your arms. Conversely, if you’re baring arms and cleavage, cover your legs. Tight on the bottom? Go blousy on top.
Posh Spice balancing out her skinny leather pants with a long sleeve loose silk blouse. Keepin’ it real, Victoria. via Zimbio
The accessories are where you can have some fun, express your personality.
Against a simple backdrop like an LBD or jeans and a sweater, mix your pearls with your costume jewelry for holiday sparkle. The pearls make the rhinestones special while the rhinestones make the pearls less serious. via indulgy
A tuxedo blazer is a great finisher. You can find my pick for the best tuxedo blazer and other Holiday Must-Haves here. Just select “other” in the drop-down menu and enter $9.95, and we’ll send you our picks with pictures and links to all the pieces you need to get through the holiday parties and events you have.
Fabulous tuxedo blazer. via omg
What about a super casual coffee date?
And I always believe it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. If you have a fabulous dress hanging in your closet you’ve only worn once and you’re waiting for the right event, wait no longer. Pull it out and wear it to your next dinner. If it’s super fancy, just let people wonder what other fabulous events require your presence later that night.
A pointy-er flat gives the illusion of height. via pinterest
What about other kinds of pants besides jeans?
You can wear black pants if you don’t wear jeans. But be careful not to look too corporate. Pair them with other neutrals instead of primary colors to keep it looking sleek and modern. A leather jacket is the perfect choice instead of the matching suit jacket. via style occasion
All white in the winter with a patterned coat is an elegant alternative to black. via Vogue
Channel Jackie and wear that dress with pearls – easier to pull off at a holiday dinner, perhaps, but why not anytime of the year? via pinterest
Looking for holiday outfits? You can purchase my guide to all your Holiday Must-Haves here for $9.95. Select “other” in the drop-down menu and enter $9.95.
All the best,
You may know that I collect white clothes. It comes up quite often. But really, winter white is sooooo pretty and wintry and easy to wear. I promise – you can wear white this winter, and even this holiday. Here’s how.
Your whites don’t have to match. In fact, it’s better if they don’t. You can play with textures and tones when doing an all white outfit. For a holiday party, just add a sparkly flat instead of this black heel. via Purdue Prep
Decide if you’re a white or an off-white girl. Not everyone can wear white and not everyone can wear off-white. White can wash out very fair complexions. And off-white can make olive tones look ashy. So choose your “white” carefully.
Wear the right undergarments under white. Wear an off-white or vanilla (not beige or that dark orangey nude color) cami under white; do not wear white under white or people will see your underwear.
Cameron Diaz’s character in Holiday had an enviable white wardrobe, but she failed to wear the right color cami here – her cami needs to be vanilla to disappear under her white sweater. via fabsugar
Pop your tonal outfit with one accent, like an animal print or something colorful during the holidays (but keep it subtle to preserve the overall white on white effect).
Anne Hathaway (one of the first to sport the pixie cut, btw) added red satin heels to her winter white dress. Which I LOVE. via People
I’m all about some all-white and leopard print. If you don’t wear skinny pants, go for my all-time fave shape, the boot cut white jean or boot cut white cord. A boot cut is more forgiving through the hips, especially in white. via Top Shelf
Guess what? White coats can be dry-cleaned. So don’t be afraid of them. via lolobu
Ivory fisherman sweaters are a big hit this winter. Tame the bulk with a belt – brilliant. And pair with jeans or winter white cords or white jeans. via flickr
Try living on the edge and wear white next time you travel. People will think you’re famous because no one ever wears white on a plane except for people who have people to clean up after them. But your secret, lovely ladies? Bleach.
All the best,
Fur is in. It’s a thing. Along with leather and chambray. But today we’re focusing on fur. Faux and real.
A By Malene Birger faux fur coat. I prefer animal print to be faux. via Revolve Clothing
Can anyone wear it? Yes, if your scruples don’t get in the way, you can. If you have a real fur that makes people snarl and hurl insults at you, just tell them it’s fake.
Things to keep in mind when wearing fur:
Scale. Make sure the fur is not puffier than two of you put together.
If you belt your fur coat, you’ll tame the volume and create a waist, often lost in a bulky fur coat. via Farfetch
A fur collar is a great alternative to full-on fur coat. You can find collars and have them attached to your own coat. via Women’s Wear Daily
Color. The color needs to compliment your skin tone and wardrobe. Blondes look gorgeous in brown and caramel furs, and white furs. Brunettes and greys look gorgeous in black furs. Red heads need a little bronze in their fur, like a fox’s natural hyde. Furs are dyed so you can basically get any color you want. Like my nail polish and hair color, I like to stick to more natural colors found in nature. No purples or blues for me.
A brunette Sofia Coppola in a short brown fur with all black. via yahoo
A blonde Kate Moss in tonal caramels and tall boots. via Pinterest
Helen Mirren in a white fur coat. via Pinterest
Type of fur. I am not an expert in fur types. But I know one thing: Chinchilla will make you want to do a face plant in it. Sable creates pretty much the same effect. Mink is pretty fine, too. Fox is fabulous. Rabbit makes me want to cry, and not in a good way. The current trend is to shave fur so it’s not so hairy like the old furs you see the children wear in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.
Do you have an old fur you inherited from your mother or grandmother? Lucky you. Do not get rid of it if the arms are mammoth-sized and it goes down to your ankles. It can be TOTALLY re-done, cut and made to look current and modern. Gus Mayer does this to perfection. They can even turn the piece at the end they cut off into a beautiful stole. And who doesn’t like to wear stoles, right? Ha. But seriously, women should wear stoles more often, with jeans and cowboy boots is how I like it.
I just recently took a vintage fur and had the collar removed and the armholes raised. MUCH better fit for today. via Farfetch
Designer Renaissance in Nashville’s Berry Hill is a great source for vintage furs. Try a consignment shop in your city for vintage furs. Gus Mayer in Nashville and Birmingham have beautiful offerings. And you can find great faux furs at Nordstrom and even Banana Republic.
Speaking of coats, are you looking for that elusive perfect coat and perhaps a great vest and trench? We have a Coats Capsule that you can purchase here. Select “other” in the drop-down menu and enter $9.95. We’ll send you all the pictures and links to order every type of coat you need.
All the best,
Coats are so confusing. They must be comfortable and stylish. When you think of a comfy coat it’s an oversized, fluffy, fleecy number with a hood. But that is not stylish, dolls. A stylish coat is a sleek number with tight armholes and thin fabric. But what’s the point of a coat that doesn’t keep you warm? And that doesn’t allow you to move?
Well, you know we have strict requirements for everything we recommend: it must be stylish and comfortable, and well-priced. Buy classics, wear for ages, and watch your cost per wear plummet. So here is your Perfect Coat Wardrobe that passes our test. (You can buy our shopping guide here for $9.95 to the Perfect Coats with our picks, and links to all our picks, with petite and curvy options available.)
The cocoon coat (rounded and sloped shoulders, loose fit, best with dresses or skinny pants) is having a moment this season. It’s the silhouette of the season, in case you were wondering. via Gary Graham
Great if you have the shape for it, nightmare if you don’t. Grace Kelly wore this cocoon coat style to perfection. The cocoon goes sloppy real quick unless the volume and proportions are tamed by a good design. A safe bet is a classic single-breasted style coat.
A classic coat in a primary color can be so cheerful, but so tired after one season. Buy these on sale because you’ll tire of it over the years, and so will all your friends who are like, here comes that neon pink coat again. Stick to camel, brown, black or navy for the long haul. J.Crew and Banana Republic often offer bright color coats, and have frequent sales. via villa alpine
Keep in mind that you will want your coat to cover your bum even if you have heated seats in your car. And the shorter you are, the shorter your coat must be. If you are petite, be sure to have your coats hemmed to just above your knee caps. Single-breasted coats tend to be more slimming than double-breasted.
A belted coat is so chic. via zimbio
Everyone needs a trench, which doesn’t have to just be worn in the rain. It’s like the calling card for chic. Especially when draped over the shoulders oh so casually. via obaz
You really do need a designated rain jacket (a parka or anorak or actual rain coat), too. I’ve got one picked out for you in my Perfect Coat Capsule, which you can purchase here for $9.95.
Leather, vegan or natural, makes a great lightweight jacket. A lightweight jacket for early fall or mild climates is a must. Jane Norman via Lyst
Colder climates might need a down coat or a shearling. Go for belted if you can, to tame the puffiness. I’m so sorry for her, as it looks like she can’t afford pants. via pinterest
A long dress coat seems to be one of the hardest pieces to find (no puffy jackets or fleeces allowed for dressy events!). The longer your coat, the higher your heels. And you can go lighter here because you’re less likely to be using this coat for dirty outdoor activities. via Tory Burch
A cocktail topper is a secondary need. If you have a leather jacket or a pashmina, they can substitute. (I’ve found a great cocktail topper and included it in our Perfect Coats Capsule, which you can purchase here for $9.95.)
A fur vest is such a great answer to that crazy season when it’s freezing in the morning and at night but milder during the daytime. A faux fur vest is fine. via pinterest
A wrap coat is slimming because it creates a diagonal line. I don’t get the shootie, but oh well. The navy wrap is awesome because it’s a universally flattering style that can be your everyday coat, dressed up or down, worn with pants or skirts. Make the collar smaller if you are busty. via pennypincherfashion
I have searched high and low and narrowed all the choices out there for all the coats you need in a coat wardrobe down to my favorite picks, and you can purchase the shopping guide here for $9.95. You’ll find the perfect coats for all the categories mentioned in this posting, along with some extras, and curvy and petite options are available, as well as different price points. (Select “other” under Choose A Service, and enter $9.95.)
All the best,
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That’s some kind of wonderful! via slika
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Tina, here. Going out to dinner often creates a myriad of opposing emotions: excitement (you don’t have to cook and do the dishes – yay), dread (you have to find something to wear other than sweats – boo). And the holidays ratchet up this feeling into the “I might need meds” category. You can dress […]
Tina, here. You may know that I collect white clothes. It comes up quite often. But really, winter white is sooooo pretty and wintry and easy to wear. I promise – you can wear white this winter, and even this holiday. Here’s how. Your whites don’t have to match. In fact, it’s better if they […]