{What to Wear} Dîner en Blanc

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Last year I was way too pregnant to attend Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia, but this year, Geoff and I will be dusting off our white table and chairs, gathering our linens, and suiting up for a repeat of one of the best events I’ve ever attended. If you’re not familiar with Dîner en Blanc, check out my posts from two years ago here, here and here.

With the dîner coming up in three weeks, I’m starting to think about what I’ll be wearing this year. I’ve considered having my Rachel Pally dress from last year (which is still available!) shortened to make it more cocktail length, but of course I’d love to find something new that won’t break the bank. I’ve been playing around with some ideas, so I figured I’d share for those of you who are also in the midst of your shopping!


Dress // Flower Crown // Earrings // Watch // Wedges (on sale!)


Dress (on sale!) // Hat // Necklace // Wedges


Dress // Headband // Earrings // Sandals

By the way, Dîner en Blanc is now being held in 25 cities across the U.S., so even if you’re not in the Philly area, there might be one near you!

How to wear white after Labor Day

I know, the “no white after Labor Day” rule has long been passe in most of our minds. But that doesn’t mean that how we wear white into the fall and winter shouldn’t adjust somewhat. Let’s face it — while we’ve technically got a couple more weeks of summer, tank tops and strappy sandals won’t be great choices for much longer.

With that in mind, I’ve put together three looks that will take you into the cooler months: one for the transitional weather, one for when it’s really cold, and one that’s a bit more dressy.

First up is an outfit that would be great for the weekends or a more casual office environment. The color of the top screams fall, and the jacket can come on or off with the variable temps. I will definitely be wearing some variation on this look in the next few weeks.

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Jeans // Jacket // Top // Shoes // Necklace

And then when the weather gets colder, white jeans work perfectly with a slouchy sweater. Add a pair of boots and a great bag in a fall color, and you’re all set. Again, this could be weekend or business casual (at least in my world), but you could always dress it up a bit more with a structured sweater and heeled boots.

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Jeans // Sweater // Boots // Bag

Last but not least is an outfit I’d wear to a work event or date night. Without the blazer, this dress would be perfect in the middle of the summer, but with the navy and the pumps, I think it transitions nicely into fall. Granted, it’s short, so probably not something you’ll be wearing around Halloween, but it’s perfect for September!

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Dress // Blazer // Pumps // Necklace

How do you like to wear white outside of summer? Or, are you like my mom’s friend who wears all of her white leading up to Labor Day, and practically gets the twitches if she sees a woman in white pants after that date? (True story.)

Beyond black: What to wear to a spring wedding

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As I’ve written about before, I tend to default to black for weddings and other formal events — which I think many people do. For one thing, it’s easy. For another, most dress departments are stocked about two-thirds with black options, making it hard to go with color even if that’s your preference. And while black is fine, we’re coming to the time of the year when it’s really nice to start introducing some color back into your life. So if you’ve got any upcoming spring weddings, here are three great options (plus accessories) that are far from black!

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Jessica Simpson // Kendra Scott // Serpui Marie // Steve Madden

First of all, this dress is under $100. Even better, it’s a dress that will work for a lot more than just a wedding. Heels and a clutch make it great for a less-formal wedding, but sandals and a blazer make it great for dinner out, or even work.


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Lauren Ralph Lauren // Kendra Scott // Michael Kors Collection // Joie

While long dresses are often limited to the realm of black tie weddings, the right one can be perfect for a less formal affair. The floral print and airy cut of this one, paired with fun shoes, makes it a nice middle ground — dressy, but not too fancy.


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Donna Morgan // Kate Spade // La Regale  // Rebecca Minkoff

If blue isn’t your style, this dress comes in a bunch of colors. Plus, it’s a great option for those of us who prefer/require a regular bra. You could go in a few different directions in styling this one — shoes and/or bag in gold, silver or nude, or even a bright contrasting color.


P.S. As always with weddings, pay attention to the time of day and dress code — some weddings warrant a floor length gowns, some are more sun dress-appropriate.

Reader request: A dress with sleeves for a wedding

Getting dressed for weddings is hard. Getting dressed for weddings when it’s freezing cold out is even harder. I got an email from a reader this week who is looking for a long sleeved dress to wear to a wedding and is struggling with the balance of not looking too conservative and covered up. Personally, I love a dress with sleeves, so I was happy to oblige!


I think these dresses all hit the balance of being reasonably covered up but not frumpy. I tried to vary the looks, although there are about a million lace shift dresses with sleeves out there that I could have chosen from.

If you’re having any shopping or style challenges, shoot me an email and I’d love to help.

{What to wear} New Year’s Eve 2013, Part Three

Welcome back from the Christmas mayhem! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and that Santa and his elves treated you well. The elves in my life were extremely generous, so I should have some fun new outfits to post soon. But now that we’re past Christmas, it’s officially time to start stressing if you haven’t made your New Year’s Eve plans yet. I’m kidding, but this is usually the time that my friends and I start the, “I don’t know, what do YOU want to do?” game.

Anyway, I’ve covered some of your fancier NYE event options, with the “my friends are having a big house party” outfit and the “I paid $250 for an open bar at a fancy venue” outfit. Now it’s time for…

…the “I’ll be singing along with a cover band at a bar” outfit.

nye1 Emerson Thorpe O’Hara Top // MOTHER The Looker Skinny Jeans // Jeffrey Campbell Burke Single Band Sandals // Banana Republic Statement Earring // Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5-Zip Bag

I hope your New Year’s plans are coming along nicely — let me know if you’ve bought anything fabulous to wear!

{What to wear} New Year’s Eve 2013, Part Two

I’ve never been big on fancy affairs for New Year’s Eve (other than the time my cousin got married at the Ritz Carlton in Manhattan on NYE, which was awesome). These days, house parties are much more my style. For that kind of event, I still like to dress up somewhat, but not necessarily go the whole nine yards with a fitted dress, heels, etc. With that in mind, here’s my version of….

The “my friends are having a big house party” outfit


Anthropologie Stitched Catriona Shift // J.Renee Blanche Pointy Toe Flat // Max & Chloe Hammered Gold Hoop Earrings // Juicy Couture Sophia Mini Bag


Do you find that you’re more likely to wear flats if you’re at a house party, or do you go with heels for a night out, regardless of the venue?

And if you missed it, check out {What to wear} New Year’s Eve 2013, Part One: The “I paid $250 for an open bar at a fancy venue” outfit.

{What to wear} New Year’s Eve 2013, Part One

Every year I focus so hard on Christmas — shopping, baking, wrapping, decorating — that New Year’s Eve inevitably sneaks up on me. These days our NYE festivities are pretty low key, but I’ve spent past years doing everything from hitting a huge party to going out to dinner with family and friends to hanging at a house party. Whatever your plan is, chances are the camera phones will be out and your lovely faces will be gracing Instagram, so you are probably stressing out about what to wear (What? That’s just me??).

Anyway, since you seemed to like my Thanksgiving “What to wear” post with various levels of dressiness, I’ve put together some looks for NYE inspiration, which I’ll be posting in three parts. First up….

The “I paid $250 for an open bar at a fancy venue” outfit


Anthropologie Grammercy Dress // Serefina Feather Earrings // Kate Spade Liza Pump // Rafe Maryanne Faceted Brass Minaudiere

So, what are your New Year’s Eve plans? And more importantly, what will you be wearing??

{What to wear} Thanksgiving dinner

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.

Fancy Pants

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.

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Tahari Seamed A-Line Dress // Betsey Johnson Raciee Pump // Kenneth Jay Lane Pearl Cluster Necklace // Kate Spade Ultraslim Bangle

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{What to wear} Dîner en Blanc

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.

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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!

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Skirt // Tank // Blazer // Shoes // Earrings


Dress // Hat // Sandals // Earrings // Bracelet


Tank // Pants // Shoes // Earrings // Ring

Have you ever been to a Dîner en Blanc? Are you planning to go this year? If you answered yes to either of the previous questions, let me know if you have any fashion advice!

{What to Wear} to a fashion blogging conference

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.


Talk about pressure. I mean, we’re talking about an event featuring the likes of The Man RepellerSong 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!