My family tends to dress up for holidays, but I know that some people prefer to stay very casual — and many are in between. I put together three outfits that I think would be great for Thanksgiving dinner, regardless of where you fall on the fanciness scale.
I’m a big fan of wearing dresses on Thanksgiving. Partially because they look nice, partially because there are no restrictive waistbands to contend with after another helping of cornbread stuffing. This dress is a gorgeous color, and the pumps and pearls make it a great holiday look.
Just imagine that you’re sitting in a very public area of Philadelphia (or your closest city) minding your own business. Seemingly out of nowhere, 2500 people dressed in white descend, carrying tables, chairs and picnic baskets. And within minutes, an organized picnic feast is assembled.
Diner en Blanc Philadelphia 2012
Well if you happen to be in the right place on August 22nd in Philly, you might get to experience something like that. The event is called Le Dîner en Blanc (the white dinner) and it’s basically a flash mob picnic. You can read all about it here, but the highlights are that it started in Paris and has expanded to more than three dozen cities worldwide, spots are about as hard to get as front row seats to see Bruce Springsteen at Giants Stadium, and participants have to be clad in white from head to toe.
The rules are pretty simple: ALL WHITE and elegant. No sneakers or flip flops; no shorts or tshirts; no cream, ecru or beige; no pops of color.
As you can imagine, finding out that I scored a spot at this year’s DEB has sent me into a tailspin of shopping. I think I know what I want to wear, but I’m still considering my options — which of course means lots of ordering and returning. (I’m doing my best to single-handedly keep the USPS in business.) If you’re in the same boat, here are a few looks to inspire you!
Twice a year, Independent Fashion Bloggers (IFB), a group that I’m a part of, holds The IFB Conference. And every year, I see the photos, read the recaps, and watch the videos from afar. But this year, I decided it was time for me to be there in person. So, on February 6th, I’ll be dropping the baby off at daycare and driving up to the city for two days of presentations, panels and seminars.
This is all great news, except WHAT THE HECK DO YOU WEAR TO AN EVENT INVOLVING 400 FASHION BLOGGERS?!?
Talk about pressure. I mean, we’re talking about an event featuring the likes of The Man Repeller, Song of Style and Style Bubble. As soon as I bought my ticket I started doing some browsing. And I found myself looking at the kind of clothes that I felt like I should wear to impress this crowd — I’m talking crazy print mixing, clothes made out of neoprene, six inch heels, etc. But then I realized I was being silly. I want to look like a slightly more fashionable version of myself — but still like myself.
So…I ended up planning my outfits around my top half, which is my normal M.O.
For the first day, I’m planning to wear this Joie Bruno Top, which is actually more interesting in person (or if you click through and look at the zoomed pictures), because the stripes actually look like ropes. The bottom half will be black skinny pants, most likely with black pumps. Not the most exciting outfit, but I feel good in it, and it’s me. Accessories are TBD.
Day two will be my more casual day, wearing skinny jeans with the Diane von Furstenberg New Hanky Blouse. I know it’s not exactly a winter top, but I love it so I don’t care. I haven’t decided if I want to go with statement earrings or a big necklace, so I have some details to work out this weekend.
No one’s going to be bowled over by my style, but I’d rather feel comfortable than be a showstopper. And I have never claimed to be a fashionista — just someone who loves to shop. Hopefully I’ll still feel that way when I’m in a room full of beautiful women in gorgeous clothes!
Not to brag, but…today is my last day of work until January 3rd. Which means I have eleven whole days off!! I feel like I’m back in school and have a real Christmas break. I’d like to say that I’m going to be posting regularly, but we’re actually closing on our new house and moving next week, so to say that things are going to be chaotic is an understatement. So please excuse me in advance if things are a bit slow around here.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for a new dress for a fab New Year’s Eve party, here are a few worth checking out!
It’s that time again, when our calendars start to fill up with holiday soirees, ranging from a potluck at your best friend’s house, to your company’s Christmas party, to black tie New Year’s Eve affairs. I’ve got my company’s annual party, which calls for a cocktail dress, and a party at friend’s house that is more of a sweater dress/jeans and a nice top type of event, so far. I’m guessing there will be at least one more, and then who knows what the heck we’ll do for NYE.
Regardless of your holiday schedule, here are a few of my favorite pieces to get you through the party circuit. If you’re looking for shopping help for a specific event, feel free to shoot me an email and I’d be happy to help!
As I told you last year, I’m not really into Halloween. I will not be dressing up (as usual), despite the costume party one of my friends is throwing. Just call me the Grinch of Halloween. But for those of you that are looking for some inspiration, I have two ideas for you.
First of all, please refer back to last year’s Where’s Waldo? inspiration. I know at least one reader took the idea and ran with it, so maybe it will come in handy for someone this year.
My new idea this year is admittedly ripped off from one of my co-workers, who wore this outfit for our company costume parade (which I do not participate in) a few years ago. Here are your instructions:
Find a white shirt. Maybe an excuse to buy a new one from James Perse?
Pull out those white jeans that you retired for the season (regular jeans will work if necessary).
Go to a fabric or craft store and pick up a piece of yellow felt or other fabric. Cut it into a circle that’s about 12″ in diameter.
Tape, glue or pin the circle onto the front of your t-shirt (fastening method to be determined by the quality of the shirt and how much you don’t want to ruin it).
Add a pair of devil horns.
At this point if you have no idea what I’m suggesting you dress up as…it’s a deviled egg!
Fancy store-bought version:
Clever, right?? Or you could just go to a costume store and be a slutty bumblebee (been there), slutty Raggedy Ann (done that — seriously), slutty fairy, or slutty [insert something that's not normally slutty here]. Whatever floats your boat!
So the wedding is coming up, but first, there’s one night for the bride-to-be to get slutted dressed up, drink too much and giggle a lot with her best friends. Because really, isn’t that what weddings are all about?
I already told you about the dress by Velvet that I wore to my sister’s bachelorette party over the weekend (here’s a picture that doesn’t really show my dress, but shows my sister’s adorable BCBG dress — I’m the worst blogger ever), but here are a few other outfits to inspire you. As always, your attire should reflect your plans and location for the evening, but I’m assuming some sort of bar/club activity in my picks.
With Memorial Day weekend ahead of us (yay for three day weekends!), many of us will be attending BBQs to enjoy the weather, and too much food and booze. Or at least that’s how I like to celebrate Memorial Day
So, are you looking to step it up a little bit and look your best, even in this casual setting? Nothing wrong with that, as long as you don’t overdo it. Here are a few outfits for inspiration if you’d trying to decide what to wear.
As I mentioned on Monday, short shorts are everywhere right now. And so are denim shorts. To avoid looking too juvenile, pick a pair that’s not too distressed — and NO POCKETS HANGING OUT IN THE FRONT! I really like this chambray pair, but there are some nice looking dark denim styles as well. Pairing with wedges dresses up the look just enough.
I saw this dress last week at Banana and haven’t stopped thinking about it. I tend to avoid strapless dresses because I despise strapless bras, but if you don’t share that issue, I’d highly recommend this dress.
Maxi dresses and skirts are a great option if you’re not into baring your legs (or if you just want to try something different). A basic cotton dress like this has so much potential to dress up or down with different jewelry and shoe options.
**Sorry for the re-post, I was having technical difficulties this morning**
As I mentioned in my post last week, it seems that a lot of people are looking for advice on what to wear for specific occasions. So, I’m going to start posting my suggestions. I thought about using a clever name like “What to Wear Wednesdays,” but that would suggest I’d be consistent about posting weekly, which probably won’t happen. Instead I’m going to post whenever I get to it. As usual.
So…you’re graduating! Congratulations! I’m guessing we’re talking about college or grad school, but if there are any high schoolers out there, the rules aren’t much different. Here are a few tips, before we get to the actual outfit inspiration:
The number one thing to consider when picking a graduation outfit is the length of your gown. The last thing you want is a dress interfering with the hem of your gown. So basically, you want to go shorter that the gown, or full length.
If your gown is a light color, check how transparent it is before you buy anything in a print. Keep in mind that camera flashes can exacerbate this problem.
Is the ceremony in a stadium or other outdoor location? If so, high heels are a no-no. Go with wedges, or wear flats and change into heels for the after party.
Leave your big purse at home and go with a clutch or wristlet to house your lip gloss, phone, etc.
Stick with the classics. You don’t have to be boring, but graduation isn’t a time to bust out the latest trends. As with weddings, this is an event that you’ll want to look back on for years. So the less dated you looks, the better.