The New Year is just a few days away, and while most have probably planned their party outfits, some are still stressing (hand raised!). If you’re looking for an alternative to the not-so-original party dress, take a look at some of my favorite options below.
A jumpsuit is effortless but will still give you the fashionable entrance you’re looking for.
A classic alternative. Look for fabrics like velvet and select bold colors to stand out in the crowd.
Sometimes all you need is one statement piece to be the talk of the party! Look for fringe, big statement sleeves and fun fabrics.
Focus on your bottoms by finding sequin or metallic pants to dance the night away in!
Keep it feminine and fun in a sequin skirt, a flowy midi or a dare-to-be-dramatic maxi skirt.
Longtime fashion bloggers know the industry, and some of them have been able to use their platform and experience to create their very own brands. Keep an eye out for these bloggers turned designers!
1. Rumi Neely, Fashion Toast
Rumi Neely, a fashion blogging veteran, launched her fashion line Are You Am I in 2014 after she was unable to find those perfect pieces we’ve all searched for: the draped white tee, the triangle bra that actually fits, and so on. Her line of sexy basics has expanded to include a full clothing line, jewelry and accessories. Are You Am I continues to offer up quality, seductive pieces that encompass Neely’s own personal style.
2. Elin Kling, The Wall
After founding the successful fashion blog The Wall, Elin expanded her career by creating Totême with her husband in 2014. A collection of everyday quality basics and mix-and-match pieces, Totême has been successfully growing within the fashion world. It’s been featured in prominent magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle and worn by some of Hollywood’s most glamorous women!
3. Chiara Ferragni, The Blonde Salad
Chiara has appeared on numerous red carpets and televisions shows and is one of the most recognizable international fashion bloggers. She was recently named one of Forbes’s ’30 Under 30′ in Art & Style, and she’s even become a study subject at Harvard Business School! Her Chiara Ferragni Collection is a fashion destination for flirty, playful shoes and accessories.
4. Danielle Bernstein, We Wore What
Danielle has been running her blog We Wore What for seven years, and it’s safe to say the move to expand her brand worked hugely in her favor. 2016 was a big year for Danielle: she launched her overall line Second Skin Overalls and her shoe line The Archive with Modern Vice founder Jordan Adoni. Danielle is just one of many bloggers with a long promising career in fashion!
5. Jess Hannah, J Hannah Journal
Jess founded J. Hannah Jewelry, a collection of pieces that are intended to be lived in and never taken off. Think delicate, timeless, minimal rings and necklaces that go with your entire wardrobe and lifestyle. Hannah is inspired by vintage pieces—like those handed down to her by her grandmother—and well-crafted jewelry that is meant to last a lifetime.
Style icons are one of my “things.” I love to search them out, listen to them talk, hear their thoughts on style and learn from them. This week, I’m rounding up three YouTube videos featuring three style icons getting ready, talking about style and letting us in on their science of dressing up.
In this Allure video, Lola Rykiel lets us into her home and takes us on a journey within the fashion legacy she is a part of.
In another Allure video, Yasmin Sewell shares her style secrets and how she makes things her own.
In this Vogue Paris video, Veronika Heibrunner gets dressed, and it is SO FUN to watch her process.
Who are your favorite Youtube style icons?
The holiday season is in full swing and you’re probably getting party invites left and right: happy hours, gift exchanges, the annual work Christmas party, and more! Not all of these parties require a shopping trip and a brand new outfit; most likely, there’s a party outfit just waiting to be put together in your closet. Check out some of my favorite blogger-inspired looks to inspire your holiday party ensembles for the season.
A happy hour invite will inevitably come up during the holiday season, and being prepared to go from work to drinks will help lessen stress when you get a last-minute invite. Trust your favorite blouse-and-trousers combo to take you from your office to a fun evening out.
A gift exchange party should be fun and casual. I love the idea of a blouse or sweater with an embellishment—like ruffles or bell sleeves—plus some dark denim and a pair of statement flats, like Christina’s outfit above. Add a dramatic lip and you’ll be ready for some holiday fun!
Dinner out is a wonderful excuse to dress up, no matter the time of year! Restaurants are festive, people are happy, and the wine is flowing. Liz of Late Afternoon recently wore this beautiful velvet, dark floral print dress, showing off two of this season’s biggest trends. Perfect for a dinner out to celebrate the holiday season!
If you’re attending or hosting a formal holiday dinner party, you’ll want to dress to impress but also be comfortable enough to last through the evening. Try something new, like a menswear-inspired suit. It’s the perfect way to stand out and impress your friends at your dinner party. Go with a navy or a deep green color, and throw on a faux fur coat like Mary from Memorandum.
Your annual work party is a time to celebrate with your coworkers, but you’ll still want to keep an air of professionalism. Remember, you’ll have to go back to work on Monday! There is no such thing as being overdressed during the holiday season, so add some sparkle and glam to your outfit with metallic accessories and statement pieces.
Every girl should own a classic blazer. Oversized and slouchy or structured and chic, a blazer is the perfect transitional weather layering piece and can elevate any outfit. The bloggers below have mastered the blazer. They know when to layer it under jackets and scarves and when to keep it simple—either way, they keep the blazer the star of the outfit.
Check out some of my favorite ways to wear a blazer this fall!
Beth Jones, B. Jones Style
In this perfect fall outfit, Beth layers her blazer over a pair of slouchy overalls for a fun menswear-inspired look!
Brittany Xavier, Thrifts and Threads
Brittany pairs an oversized blazer over an otherwise casual look to create a chic weekend look anyone can pull off.
Jacey Duprie, Damsel in Dior
I absolutely love the color combination of Jacey’s outfit! Don’t be afraid to look for blazers in rich colors, textures, and fabrics for fall and combine them with complementary colors.
Sneakers, skinnies, and a layered blazer make the perfect tomboy look for fall.
Leandra Medine, The Man Repeller
Leandra is arguably the queen of blazers, and one of my favorite blazer looks of hers mixes some of the best fall trends: stripes, scarves, and over-the-knee boots!
Alexandra Pereira, Lovely Pepa
If you are new to wearing blazers, I’d recommend using Alexandra’s outfit for inspiration; it’s chic, comfortable, and attainable!
Erica Hoida, Fashioned Chic
Edgy and chic, using a blazer as a layering piece under a coat will take you from day to night, any time of the year.
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