You knew this was coming: Warmer weather calls for white! Also, a crisp white item of clothing works wonders for a hangover — oops, did I just say that? But seriously, whether it's to refresh your day, show off your tan or for the hell of it, white definitely has its place in fashion. Upon revitalizing my closet, I realized I have tons of white blouses — and I wear them all. White dresses, on the other hand, not so many. Penelope is leading the white out in her MNG Mango dress, will you follow?
Black and white has had so many incarnations in the past year. It's definitely evolved and it's still relevant — only today, it's textural black and white. Beading, ruching, sheer fabrics, feathers and all of the above, make for a black and white cocktail perfect for a cocktail party. Madonna knows it, and now you do.
It's been ages since I featured Jennifer Lopez on Celebrity Style. That's probably because she's been in pregnancy hibernation. The stunning singer stepped out for Marchesa's Fall '08 show in a Notte by Marchesa trapeze dress. It's not a pregnancy dress but Jennifer rocks it out despite her full-blown belly. What I love most about her look is how instead of pairing girlie heels with her feminine dress, she opted for something a little rough and tough to create a fashion contradiction. Brilliant!
Not to be confused with granny's boudoir, the items pictured here are for a brocade babe. What's old is new again, and brocade always feels right in the dead of Winter. With a slight sheen and 60's vibe, slip on your patent booties, opaque black tights and costume jewelry for a glitzy night in brocade. Or, mix with dark denim for an upscale casual look. Either way you win.
Black & gold. A sophisticated, yet flashy, combination. While many of these strike me as night-time attire, in the words of my mom: "Why wait to wear them?" She's actually referring to bold jewelry but I think this mantra can be applied across the board. Life is too short to reserve those daring fashion items for special occasions. A good place to start is with some black & gold. Be bold, be sophisticated, be flashy!
Getting an invitation in the mail for a fabulous event with a dress code requirement can be stressful. Dress codes are sometimes difficult to decipher, and can drive you crazy when trying to choose the most appropriate attire.
Thanks to our etiquette expert, DearSugar, who has created DearSugar's Guide To Decoding Dress Codes, we can all rest a little easier knowing that our outfits fall within the guidelines of the proper dress code. Here are some suggestions for what to wear when a dress code has you stumped:
Here's a Business Casual look for a party: Oscar de La Renta is the epitome of class and this tailored, tweed dress and belt are sure to be hit in any conservative crowd. Buy it here for $1,950. The belt is sold separately. You can buy it here for $350.
This Carmen Marc Valvo Taffeta Wrap Top & Skirt is a great choice for a Formal Affair
Buy it here for a total of $855 (jacket and skirt sold separately).
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