I've been working in pharmaceutical marketing for the past four years, and as I'm sure you can imagine, the dress code is pretty drab. I have an interview next week for my dream job (marketing for a fashion brand in NYC) and I have no idea what to wear. My professional wardrobe of dark pants, button-down tops and sensible heels, but that's not really me at all. And everything else I have is more appropriate for evening or weekend, not the office. So, I'm at a loss. Can you help me with an outfit that's professional but fashionable and fun?
I feel your pain - I've been interviewing as well and finding a professional-yet-stylish outfit for a creative interview is sometimes challenging. But this look will really make an impression. It's got a lot going on with the plaid, lace, and leopard, but by keeping almost everything in black and white (and adding just a tiny pop of color with the pink belt), it's subtle instead of busy. Good luck!
Jessica Chastain is a beautiful and very talented woman, but in my opinion, her style choices go one of two ways. She's either close but no cigar (see here, here, here, here) or not even close (see here, here, here).
The one time she got it 100% right was the most important time - the Oscars.
But this outfit is the worst offense I've seen so far. The print, the fit, the shoes that are fine but don't go at all, the hair, the makeup, the scowl. It's just all-around horrifying. So here's something much better.
I have a reader request that I was hoping you could help out with. My new crush's senior music recital is coming up and I'm stumped on what to wear. He said it's a casual event, but it's taking place in the evening and in a theater so I'd hate to show up under-dressed. What do you recommend would be the best way to be "evening casual?" I'm a short girl, and a size 12, so heels are always welcomed... plus I think I'd feel comfortable in jeans, but I'm open to suggestions!
I think that dark jeans, heels and a nice top will be perfect for the recital. Have a great time!
And here we go again! It was a nice, safe red carpet tonight. Most people looked at least nice, and there were only a few looks that I was really unhappy with. So let's begin.
Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace
So I almost always give Angelina a hard time about her red carpet choices, but she looks magnificent here. Yes, it's basic black, but it's amazing what a saucy pose and a (gasp!) smile can do.
Berenice Bejo in Elie Saab
Disappointing. The color is blah, the dress itself ages her, and that hair color doesn't do her any favors.
Cameron Diaz in Gucci
I usually hate beige dresses, but this one is gorgeous and suits her well without washing her out. I do wish she'd done something with her hair.
Ellie Kemper in Armani Prive
Fabulous. I wouldn't think it was a good idea to match a dress to one's hair, but this looks amazing on her. I think the bangs overwhelm her, though.
Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli
This would've been my favorite of the night, but it's way too reminiscent of the Balenciaga that Nicole Kidman wore a few years back. I like it better than Nicole's - I just wish that it didn't look so much like it.
This was beautiful - I just wish that it didn't have that wacky illusion netting up top. Still, this may be a personal best for Giuliana
Glenn Close in Zac Posen
On the red carpet, I thought this was black, but now it looks like deep, dark green. I wish I could see what it looked like without the jacket. I think Glenn could've definitely gone with bare arms.
Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford
BITCH BROUGHT IT. This may be another personal best.
Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad
When I saw this, I tweeted J-Lo's dress is the perfect J-Lo dress. It's uber-sexified and pretty much over the top, but it's perfect for her. Later on, I realized that the shoulder holes had illusion netting, and that turned me off. Gross.
Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen
Another personal best. She almost always looks, at best, a bit "off," and at worst, a hot mess. This is flawless.
Kate Mara in Elie Saab
Very romantic and pretty.
Kelly Osbourne in Badgley Mischka
Lovely, flattering, interesting dress. The hair is still HORRIFYING.
Kristen Wiig in J. Mendel
Okay dress, a bit too low in the boobage area, but WHY DOES SHE REFUSE COLOR? Imagine how pretty this would be in a deep teal.
Leslie Mann in Roberto Cavalli
Simple and pretty
Pretty dress, but not at all the right dress for her. Shame.
Melissa McCarthy in Marina Rinaldi
I wish this was a deeper color, and the sleeves are a bit overwhelming. Hair and makeup are gorge.
Meryl Streep in Lanvin
Beautiful - she looks like a statuette. I wish her shoes didn't match the dress exactly, but that's nitpicking when she looks this good.
Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton
Love, love, love the color and ruffle details. Not crazy about the peplum, but she was still one of my favorites there.
Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab
Stunning, if a bit bridal.
Natalie Portman in vintage Christian Dior
I want to love this, because it's different. But for some reason, I feel that it's just okay.
Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji
She's been very loyal to Tadashi Shoji this red carpet season, and with good reason. They are the perfect designer to dress her. She looks gorgeous.
Penelope Cruz in Armani Prive
Old school glamour - she looks like a movie star. But this look is a bit aging on her. She looks beautiful, but she could bring the sex a bit more.
Rooney Mara in Givenchy
It's the perfect dress for her. I can't see anyone else working it like she does.
Rose Byrne in Vivienne Westwood
Another black dress that I actually like. Sexy, old Hollywood glamour
Sandra Bullock in Marchesa
This looked better on TV than it does in this still photo. I don't love it, but at least it's interesting.
Sarah Hyland in Alberta Ferretti
Pretty, if basic. Looks like every other red carpet dress she's worn this year. More importantly (and this is no offense to Sarah, who is adorable and funny on Modern Family) WHY was she at the Oscars?
Shailene Woodley in Valentino Couture
Tragic. Why would a pretty little 20 year-old wear something that is so bland and aging?
Stacy Keibler in Marchesa
This is the sex-bomb version of Meryl's dress. I am not crazy about the rosette, but there's no doubt that the dress is perfect for Stacy.
Tina Fey in Carolina Herrera
Hair, makeup and jewelry are fab. The dress fits beautifully. But WHYYYYYY can't it be a color? Yes, I know that it was a lighter navy that it appears in this photo, but imagine it in a deep fuchsia. Amirite?
Viola Davis in Vera Wang
Beautiful color on her, but the dress is a bit too tight. But she looks AH-MAY-ZING from the neck up. May she never wear a wig again.
To sum up:
Jessica Chastain, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rose Byrne, Emma Stone
Berenice Bejo, Shailene Woodley, Maya Rudolph
What do you think? Who were your best and worst dressed of the Academy Awards?
I don't think that this has ever happened in the history of this blog, but when I saw this photo of J-Lo, I actually said "awww!" Because she looks so cute! Cute isn't usually a word to describe La Lopez, but with a casual look, low-maintenance hairdo, subtle makeup and a (gasp!) smile, she really looks pretty adorable.
Who is Krysten Ritter, you ask? I know her from Veronica Mars and Breaking Bad, but her IMDB profile is extensive. She used to model as well, and maybe that's why she's rocking this quirky floral look like nobody's business!
I've been invited to a Roaring 20's party in early March. It's my friend's 30th birthday, so we're celebrating the end of her 20's. I'd like to dress-up but I'm having trouble finding something that would work for a curvy girl, who's not plus sized. Can you help me, please?
As a fellow curvy-but-not-plus-sized girl, I feel your pain. Most 20's style dresses are so slinky. But here's a dress that will skim the body, not cling to it. Best of all, most of the pieces in this look aren't overly costumey, so you can possibly wear them again!