It's only a few days until New Year's Eve. Do you have big plans? What are you going to wear?
If you need inspiration, for the next two days, I'm going to post some fab New Year's Eve outfits - a casual outfit, and a dressier look. I'm starting off with something you can wear to a casual party or bar.
I know that it was Marlene Dietrich who started the whole women-in-menswear thing, but Diane Keaton perfected it. She always looks so put together, so effortlessly chic, and can you believe that she's 65 years old?
Here are some tailored bu still feminine pieces that I think Diane would love.
There used to be a woman who frequented my local mall, who always wore head-to-toe theme outfits. She looked like she was in her 50's or 60's, and she was always impeccably dressed, yet she looked insane, in the best way possible. One time, she wore all hot pink. And I mean, all hot pink. Hot pink top, hot pink skirt, hot pink tights, hot pink shoes, hot pink purse, hot pink jewelry, hot pink headband, hot pink nail polish, and hot pink lipstick. One time, she did the same thing with bright yellow. Another time, she wore all metallic gold. Yet another time, she wore 100% leopard (see my recent homage to her here).
I loved her and still look for her every time I go to the mall. She looked crazy, yes, but I loved her confidence, her effort, and her commitment to her look. She was awesome.
Why am I telling you this? Because Parker Posey looks like a sloppy version the crazy mall lady. And since she's not the crazy mall lady, she can't pull this off. Here's something much, much better.
I was in high school and college the first time grunge was in, and it was freakin' awesome. As a poor teen, I was able to get almost all of my clothes at the thrift store for pennies, and getting dressed required almost zero time and zero thought. Grunge is back with a vengeance today, but since I'm no longer a teenager, I like to adapt grunge to my grown-up lifestyle, body and budget. Here are some grungy pieces that I'd be happy to wear now.
I'm going to New Orleans this New Year's with my boyfriend who is absolutely in love with the city. I'm super excited to get to share this with him and can't wait for all the fun we're going to have. But my only problem is what to wear on the big night! We're going to a concert and there's going to be a lot of walking around and standing, so I know I can't wear anything too fancy or any sparkly heels (which would usually be my go-to outfit). I'm 5'4'' and around 120 pounds. I have long legs that I'd love to show off in a cute short dress or skirt. I tend to dress like Alexa Chung so anything in that vein would be great! Please help me knock his socks off when we boogey down in the bayou!
When I think Alexa Chung, I think oxfords, so I built this whole outfit around these adorable shoes. And trust me, you don't want to be walking around NOLA in strappy shoes anyway (Bourbon Street is fun but there are some nasty things you don't want to step in)!
Infants may be adorable, but they don't really appreciate gifts like toddlers do. Is there anything more precious than a little tyke who loves his or her newest present? I think not! So here are some gifty gifts that would work for a little boy or girl.
Hey there! I got this awesome sequin tank top from the J.Crew outlet and I'm having trouble figuring out how to wear it. The funny part is I wore it today styled casually, but I can't figure out how to fancy it up for NYE! You'd think a sequin top would be easy, right? I don't know why, but I'm struggling! Any ideas for dressing this up for New Year's are appreciated. I'll probably be outside for at least part of the evening with nighttime temps in the low 50's.
This outfit will be perfect for your party - just throw the fur-collared cardi on when you step outside!
This is really just an excuse for me to share some of my favorite works of fiction with you. Just do a search on Google or Amazon to find the best price for each book. Each one comes highly recommended!
In my experience, grandmothers are the hardest people to shop for. The grannies in my life have everything they need, and don't want for much (lucky ladies) so it's hard to find something that they'll actually use and like. But here are some affordable gifts that I think most grandmothers will actually get some use out of.
She wouldn't be caught dead wearing jeans to a party, and her hair is always impeccable. If she was a fictional character, she'd be Charlotte York, Emma Pillsbury or Blair Waldorf. But she's real, and here are some gifts she'll love.
I very rarely wear more than basic makeup (concealer, mineral foundation, blush, mascara, eyebrow pencil, lip balm), yet I have more jars, bottles, tubs and tubes than I know what to do with. So, I've put myself on a ban: no makeup purchases, unless I'm replenishing a staple. But there have been a few items that have caught my eye as of late, so I'm hoping that maybe Santa will be nice to me and satisfy my cosmetic jones.
She loves bling, designer labels, and the color pink. Her style icons? Elizabeth Taylor, Beyonce... and Miss Piggy! Here are some fashionable and surprisingly affordable gifts for your favorite glamour girl.
I need your help! I haven't seen my husband in two and a half months, and next week, I'm going to pick him up at the airport...I'm so excited! But I'm not sure what to wear - I want to impress him but at the same time I don't want to look overdressed because his parents are going to be there too. Please, I need your advice!
This look will get your husband's attention, but it's sophisticated enough for his parents. Good luck with the reunion!
I start student teaching as a high school math teacher in January. I am 24, and have a 4 year-old daughter, but evidently I look about 18. When I've done other things at high schools students often think I am one of them, and it can be embarrassing! I don't want to dress too old for my age, but I need something that makes me stand out from the students besides 2 piece suits. I have been looking all over for "teacher clothes" but everything I find seems way to old for me. I mean, the clothes have shoulder pads! Heels are a must as I am only 5'3" and I usually wear a size 8. Nowadays teenagers dress so old for their age, so it's hard to find something stylish that looks mature. Thanks so much!
This look is mature without being stuffy - bold tights and a houndstooth bag give the outfit a bit of style. Best of luck in student teaching!
I've been really impressed with Victoria's fashion label - her dresses are chic, modern, and appear to be very flattering. Best of all, they're simple, which makes it fairly easy to find similar dresses on the cheap!
Usually, when I think of pricey designer shoes, I think of sky-high stilettos or luxe leather boots. But, when it comes down to it, I'm a flats girl, and there are plenty of amazing flats out there that go with everything. Too bad I can't afford them, but here's the eye candy anyway.
I usually post outfits on Saturday mornings, but for the past few weeks, I've mostly been spending my time in front of the computer in my home, and trust me - you don't need to see me in yoga pants and my husband's sweatshirts.
So, here's another gift guide instead: gifts for the music lover.
My mom and I are going to Manhattan for a long weekend, and we got tickets to see a matinee of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Sunday. We're going to be Christmas shopping and sightseeing before and after the show, and it's going to be chilly, so I'd love to wear jeans and comfy shoes, but my mother is insisting that you can't wear jeans to a Broadway show. So, can you help me come up with an outfit that is warm and comfortable but still nice enough to wear to the theater, so that my mom doesn't have a nervous breakdown? I have a very nice coat, so I just need help with everything underneath. I want to be sure I'm stylish enough for NYC.
First, you can let your mother know that it's perfectly fine to wear jeans to a Broadway show, especially a matinee. But you want to make mom happy, so here is a look that's totally appropriate for your entire day in Manhattan, including the show.