Karlie Kloss, dressed in another fabulous Coach-crafted outfit, made quite the fashion point last night: leather pants don't have to be edgy. Instead, the runway beauty paired a cropped pair with a thin gray sweater and Coach's pointed-toe Tabitha flats — the prim and proper look would be right at home in any office. Bag-wise, she sized down for evening, carrying the mini version of Coach's Borough bag (which has already earned a spot on our holiday wish list). Want to try the combo yourself? Shop similar picks here.
With her firm status as the queen of proper, ladylike dressing, Dita Von Teese has inspired countless hours of scouring vintage racks for pieces that fit just so. Her signature style was on full display while browsing the racks at LA's A Current Affair, a pop-up shop dedicated to, you guessed it, vintage. Done in tweed, her full skirt had a menswear vibe we loved. She wore it with a boatneck black top and finished it off with feminine extras: bow-topped flats, a classic gold watch, and an Anya Hindmarch satchel. Inspired? Then shop the look!
Nicole Richie skipped the cocktail dress for a recent fashion event in New York City, instead picking a floor-length skirt and cropped black sweater. Her accessories were minimal: you could barely see her studded platforms, and she went with just a single piece of jewelry — sparkling earrings. Copy the look for your next holiday party.
At this point, we've got you covered when it comes to cocktail dresses (and non-cocktail dresses) for holiday parties that require a certain dose of festive flair. But what to do when you're fielding an invite for drinks that doesn't require sparkles, spangles, or metallics? Copy the white jeans and button-up Aimee Song wore to a recent Christian Louboutin event in Miami, FL. The casual clothes were dressed up by a serious statement necklace, bracelets, and suede pumps. Copy this look next time you're meeting friends for a non-holiday-party party.
Shop clockwise from top left: The Lady and the Sailor pocket top ($110, originally $184), Mawi spike charm necklace ($725), Rag & Bone skinny jeans ($143, originally $205), Nine West Flax pumps ($60, originally $69)
By now you know Coach for its classic leather goods and bags (and likely count one or two in your own stable), but are you aware that the brand's clothing offerings kind of, well, rock? From practical outerwear to cozy sweaters, the brand has covered quite the gamut. And before you buy, take a look at the styled Winter looks on the brand's site — including one that looks pretty similar to something we spotted on Karlie Kloss earlier. Expect ideas perfect for work or a cocktail shindig. We're sharing some of our favorites here.
December marks a very special time in our hearts — party season! That said, the slew of holiday invitations are rolling in, and before you get befuddled on what to wear, we suggest you take special note of the holiday dress code.
If you're wondering what all of those little terms mean — casual, cocktail, formal, black tie — we're here to break it down for you, all with a holiday twist. After all, nothing is more awkward than being the only girl at the party wearing jeans while everyone else is decked out in pretty little dresses. Read all about it below.
- Dress code: casual. You're in luck: this is your chance to show your style cred in a multitude of ways; dark skinny jeans, leather leggings, miniskirts — everything goes. Just remember to add a little shine on top (metallic blazers, red silk tops, sequined tees) or bottom (beaded skirts, jacquard trousers, shiny shorts) to show off your holiday spirit.
- Dress code: cocktail. This category is one of our favorites — you get to wear pretty dresses and jumpsuits without the worry of looking too "dressed down." It's all about having fun here, so pull out that little red dress you've been aching to wear, and if you're feeling experimental, we love the idea of dressing up a chic black jumpsuit with statement jewels and accessories.
Now, it's time to talk about the trickier categories.
The camel coat, a fashion editor favorite, can look surprisingly different depending on what it's paired with. We'd always assumed we preferred it with a grounding, dark, black outfit à la Zoe Saldana, but then Jennifer Lawrence had to go mess with our heads by stepping out with hers worn over a white dress. When you have the chance to view them side by side, does one jump out as the clear winner?
Because being cozy isn't always synonymous with looking cute, even your best party look can be ruined with a bad jacket or bulky coat. To ensure that that doesn't happen, we're putting our fashion math to good use to warm up our holiday-perfect ensembles without marshmallow jackets, puffers, or fleeces.
Instead, we're making use of rich textures, like faux furs, cool leather jackets, and tailored coats — and just remember, you can never have too many pairs of tights on hand. With these on hand, rest assured there's a way to cozy up even your stem-baring, bejeweled cocktail dress. For the fashionable how-to, just keep clicking (and shop away!).
It was with a large cheer that we noticed a slew of stylish women wearing their (comfortable) sneakers out and about in place of ankle booties and pumps. Fashion editor Laurel Pantin used a bright red pair of Nikes to finish off an outfit that would work just as well with a more formal shoe. A chunky turtleneck worn under a double-breasted navy coat felt East Coast collegiate, while cropped leather trousers were a surefire editor staple. Her bold accessory choices didn't stop at the cherry kicks, either. She finished things off with a yellow Reece Hudson clutch and smoky lilac shades. Shop the outfit we put together here.
- Tuesday is the jam. For some reason (and aside from Black Friday and Cyber Monday), Tuesday seems to be the universal day that ecommerce sites post new sales and update their merchandise. And if you plan on scouring your favorite online destinations on Tuesday, start really early. Most sites post these discounts in the wee hours of the morning, so your best bet has everything to do with the saying, "the early bird gets the worm."
- Promo codes are your best friend. If you're really serious about online shopping or you're just looking to score a great holiday deal, you should never be without a promo code. Quick ways to snag these discount-inducing passwords? Head to Retail Me Not for up-to-date coupon codes, do a general Google search for what you need (example: Shopbop discount code), or subscribe to your preferred brands and online retailers' emails for early access to sale promo codes. We've learned that Shopbop, ASOS, Net-A-Porter, and LOFT are great at notifying us with new discounts promptly.
- Know your free-shipping deadline. Mark it: Dec. 17 tends to be the last day most online retailers offer free shipping and guarantee it to arrive just in time for Christmas. Sure, you can spring for the more expensive same-day shipping if you're in a bind, but plan accordingly.
- Addendum: you should never pay for shipping. Where there's a will, there's a way, and where shipping is concerned, you shouldn't have to shell out. This means you'll have to do some extra digging, but if you follow our promo-code tip, you'll most likely come across a coupon that will give you the gift of free shipping.