Saks Fifth Avenue is having a special sneak peek sale right now; designer selections are 30 to 40 percent off! But much like Cinderella's story, it'll go poof — translation: prices will go back up — on Nov. 12. So to save you time, I've gone through and handpicked 10 pieces, under $100, you need now! You'll find everything from holiday-ready sequins to a cool military shirt to a cozy chic sweater vest. Quick, shop before the carriage turns back into a pumpkin!
Once the temperature heats up, I'm going to be all over tutu tulle. This ballerina-inspired trend is all about embracing femininity to the fullest. Timid? Get your feet wet with tulle accessories first, then delve into skirts, tops, and dresses. I love the modern take on this Free People Tulle Ribbon Skirt ($98), which also comes in frost blue. I'm in lust with the sheer mesh inserts — so sharp.
Amanda Bynes knows how to show a little leg while keeping things seasonal! For an evening at STK restaurant in West Hollywood, she wore a black blazer over a ruffle bottom dress, which she paired with some nude peep-toe pumps. To stay warm on a cool LA night, she wrapped a bright white pashmina around her neck, which contrasted well with this oversize patent leather bag. Get Amanda's look by shopping similar pieces now.
My new go-to cocktail is a Dark and Stormy. Imagine yourself in a dim dive, drinking one of those bad boys, in a stormy print. Tough stuff. Kristen Bell upped her stormy stuff by wearing this marble-print Vena Cava layered over a printed tank and studded Louboutins. And yet, she doesn't appear, too, intimidating. She softened things up with her killer smile and golden locks. Whether a thunderstorm or lightening strike, stormy prints are electric.
Less is more. That's the mantra Nicky was abiding by for last night's Final Destination LA premiere. Her strapless black satin LBD is adorable, and her favorite Very Prive Christian Louboutin pumps ($995) remind us Nicky's no good girl. She contrasted blinging diamond stud earrings with a silver knuckle ring for more devilish drama.
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Try to peel your eyes away from Jennifer Aniston's gorgeous bod and zoom in on her metallic Prada dress. This crushed luxe confection is perfection. Crinkling decadent textiles is a daring maneuver but well worth the effort. Since I can't afford pricey offerings from designers, I'm going to nab a metallic top from my closet and just roll it into a ball for the same effect. Ta-da!
The studly vest is an elusive thing. It can be rocker, it can be bohemian, it can be Balmain! Or all of the above for Beyonce with Jay-Z in España. Without her fierce vest, B's outfit would have been ho-hum, but she knows the power of this slice of style. I'm thinking a studded vest is the perfect piece for a Summer concert, or — if you're feeling experimental — throw one over a bikini for a rebellious beach party look. Work it, own it . . .
Come on everyone, it's time to join the patchwork party. This homespun look offers a fresh approach to hippie-inspired DIY using a hodgepodge of colorful tones and textures. Whitney Port is all legs in her country-inspired patchwork dress, seen left. Personally, I prefer mine bedazzled, but to each her own. One thing is for sure, patchwork isn't just for blankets anymore!
Reasons we love leather: We have been on a leather jacket binge for months (seven total), Barneys's Simon Doonan and Julie Gilhart cheekily taught us how to wear it, we know how to prevent it from wrinkling — we're just leather McLovin'. And we know everyone else is feeling the love when good girls like Emmy Rossum bust out in a black leather bustier dress by Ina Soltani. Damn, girl. We asked you how you liked a Marc by Marc leather dress this Summer; how do you feel about the leather dress now?
Raise your hand if you think Gwyneth's sequin Proenza Schouler tee is too short on the July cover of Bazaar? Considering it is a t-shirt, and not a dress, or a tunic, I think it's a wee short. (Do I see a shadow of cheek?) But Gwyneth's legs are flawless, as she flaunted on her Iron Man tour, so she can get away with it. But can you? A few words of advice: If you dare to don a mini mini wear simple nude or black boyshort underwear — I swear by these — make sure you are bikini waxed and beware of wind!