On today’s agenda? The casual Thanksgiving stylings, as promised yesterday two days ago! Yes, I meant to post these yesterday, but I had a few finishing touches to do and then my half day of travel to get to family turned into more of a full day (no complaining though!!), and then once I got to my family…you know…everything else just kind of goes out the window! So, Happy Thanksgiving, and enjoy these casual looks!
This sweet as can be retro top is roughed up a bit with these awesome pants with leather-trimmed pockets and the stone cut ring. The bit of shine in the collar of the top is further emphasized with the flats (and ring). Beautiful!
In anticipation of the upcoming holiday here in the U.S., Thanksgiving, I thought I’d do two posts – one with dressy stylings, and the other with more casual stylings. After all, some of you probably have fancy parties to attend while others could wear sweats for all your family cares, but you refuse (thank goodness!). Or, perhaps you have more than one function to attend? Well, whatever the case – maybe you don’t even celebrate Thanksgiving! – I hope you’ll enjoy these posts!
On today’s agenda is the dressy stylings. Make that dressy stylings x3! Enjoy!
Isn’t this dress absolutely fabulous? The polka dots…the feminine silhouette…the ladylike and edginess it manages to balance…the general aire of fun it just evokes?! You don’t need to add much to make this a show stopping outfit – some fabulous pink heels and a clutch which adds copious amounts of texture and a touch of edge do the trick!
This sweet scalloped dress is pumped up a bit with these leopard booties. Needing not much more, a ring finishes off the look. A look like this is perfect for a day filled with stopping at different houses/parties/dinners…it’s modest enough for meet-the-parents but fun enough for your best friends’ gathering too.
You’ll look incredibly fresh and elegant in this nearly head-to-toe black ensemble. The punch of color the clutch adds to the look really does as its name suggests – adds a wow, “fireworks” effect! The effect is unexpected, youthful, and plain fun!
So tell me…which look is your favorite? If you had/have to dress up for this Thanksgiving, which look would you wear? And even if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving…what look would you wear to a party! I’d love to hear!
As the base for your outfit, start out with this great dress. Add on a necklace, bracelet, and some pretty flats – great for walking, croquet, and/or lots of mingling, but still stylish. The great thing about the look as a whole is that it combines old and new – old as in nostalgia – i.e. tie-dye-esque top of dress – and new as in an unusual color play – instead of red, white, and blue, which can be predictable, blue, silver/gold, and pink is used. This new color scheme gives an ode to the holiday but is much more sophisticated – and original – than the typical Fourth of July color palette. (Note: I’m not saying red, white, and blue can’t be done beautifully – they can!!! – instead, I’m saying a general statement. I don’t mean to offend anyone!)
One last [important] thought: thank goodness for the freedom the United States offers us, and all of the opportunities that come with it. Let’s not forget that, especially when we’re having a crummy day in the future!
Enjoy your day!….By the way, what are your plans?! I’d love to hear what this day has in store for you – even if you have the biggest plans or the smallest plans!
EDIT: Oops! I was sure I hit publish on this yesterday, but evidently I didn’t. That means another post will be coming later today as well!
It’s Necklace Week here! To read a quick summary of what this entails, look for the post titled “Necklace Week”!
Okay, guys, it’s Day Five of Necklace Week! Now, as I’m sure you all know, it’s St. Patrick’s Day. And not to be too, um, shall we say conformist, or anything, but our necklace does in fact have some green. Basically, what I’m saying is that I hope you haven’t been overloaded with green already today…and if you have, please forgive me! Anyway, the necklace is probably one of the more elegant depictions of green you’ll see today!
Isn’t it beautiful? Supposedly, the silver part is supposed to be a bird, and the green is supposed to represent buds from which the bird is drinking nectar. Maybe it’s just me, but I had/still have a little bit of difficulty seeing this. I mean, I see it, but it’s not super obvious. But that’s not a bad thing either, necessarily.
I love the glamorous feel to this…the clear beads, the silver crystals, and the green silk. Elegance is a must for any outfit inspired by or using this necklace!
First is the look solely inspired by the look…that means that the necklace is not a part of the look.
I know, I know…you might think jeans + elegance is an oxymoron, but if that’s the case, I’m sorry, but I think you’re mistaken. Sure, jeans aren’t black-tie-elegant, but if done like there are in this look (dark wash, for starters), they sure can still be elegant! This graphic top is elegant but still interesting. The purse is classic, as are the shoes…except for their yellow hue, which is a nice pop in the outfit. The necklace adds that extra bit of quirk, but it still lends itself to the elegant and chic look (and I wasn’t trying to be literal with the bird necklace…I just happened to think it worked!).
This…now this is a look with a bit of a humor. Yes, this look is all about contradictions actually working in harmony. I love pairing this seemingly casual top with a lace – lace – skirt. The light gray and ivory is such a pretty combination. Adding the necklace adds pizzazz, and the shoes, a take on classic loafers, add that final bit of wit. (And I know I used the same purse as in the previous look…but I just couldn’t resist…it’s fits with both ensembles perfectly!) All looks always require good fit and proportions, but when doing a more witty, intentionally a bit humorous – but still elegant (don’t get me wrong!) – look, fit and proportion are even more important!
That wraps up Day Five! Stay tuned for Day Six tomorrow…
Normally I do my holiday inspired stylings on the actual day of the holiday…but I’m sure you’ll all be able to forgive me if I do our Valentine’s Day inspired stylings today. After all, we have to save tomorrow’s post for gushing all about the launching of BHLDN (and if you haven’t seen some sneak previews over on Anthroholic…GO! check it out now!).
Anyway, let’s quickly review my general holiday dressing guidelines: be inspired, but don’t look like the holiday just threw up all over you.
This crisp look is a perfect take on the holiday. The necklace shines, which is the piece that brings in the Valentine’s feel (look at it’s cute name!…but it has a not so cute price!). To winterize the look more, add a cute, but still crisp, cardi!
That wraps up this post! I hope everyone has an awesome holiday…and I’ll be back tomorrow!
(Sorry this post was short…I’ve been unbelievably busy and am running out the door as soon as I push “publish!”)
This stunningly draped dress is the perfect starting piece. Add the sparkle of the shoes and cuff and you’re ready for a night full of celebrating! I mean really…how can you not want at least a little sparkle for New Year’s?
Wishing everyone a great New Year’s Eve! Anyone have some exciting plans (or not so exciting)? I’d love to hear!
The pure white of this shirt reminds me of snow…and don’t most people want a snowy Christmas?! The moss colored pants and slightly minty green necklace bring in some of the Christmas color without looking like red and green just exploded all over you! One of my best tips for dressing for any holiday is that you can be inspired by the holiday’s colors, but try using unexpected shades of those colors.
How about a few additional pieces that could work wonderfully for Christmas (or any time, really…’cuz they’re gorgeous!):
Want another way to have a snowy Christmas if you’re not in a snowy (and cold) location? Try these! The exposed zipper on the back is super cute, and I love the fresh color combination of the white, tan (heel), and metal zipper!
Sorry I’ve been absent the past two days…I’ve been super busy, and getting back to regular life after the holiday weekend sure has been hard! Let the countdown to my winter vacation begin!
Anyway, we have quite some ground to cover here today, readers! As you know, there was a sale today at Anthro, so sale outfits are in order! Also, it’s the first night of Chanukah, so it’s also mandatory to create inspired stylings based on the holiday! So what am I to do with this predicament?! Create a few sale outfits inspired by Chanukah, of course! Not Jewish? Don’t worry…these looks can be worn for any occasion!
But first, the ground rules for Chanukah dressing (which are rules that can be applied for any holiday):
Do not wear the cutesy sweaters with the embroidered holiday inspired apliques. Don’t be fooled by the word “cutesy”. Cutesy does not equal cute! Repeat after me. Cutesy does not equal cute! Thankfully, Anthro doesn’t even sell this stuff, but I thought I’d put it out there anyway.
Do not get too theme-y.
Do get inspired by the holiday. Literal is a no-no…inspired is the way to go!
As always, do remember to look for clothing that fits properly and flatters your shape.
Sound reasonable?! I hope so! And so on to the Chanukah-inspired-sale-oufits!
First up is a casual look…but a chic one, nonetheless!
Now this is a glam look. The dress references the shining candles of the holiday. Add on the blue belt to add an extra splash of color and fun, and put on the jacket. Leave the jacket open though to let the belt peek through. The shoes finish off the look.
Whether you celebrate Chanukah or not, these could both be great looks!
A Very Happy Chanukah to my Jewish readers! And did anyone snag anything on sale?
It’s finally that time! You know…the time for Thanksgiving inspired stylings! If you’re like me, you still haven’t figured out what you’re going to wear, so hopefully these looks will provide as great inspiration. I’ve got all areas covered – dressy, casual, in-between and even a surprise at the end. Without any further talk, let’s get started!
This looks is undeniably all about texture. It’s kind of fitting though that you would wear a look like this to your Thanksgiving meal, because when you think of Thanksgiving, don’t you think of variety (of harvest)?! And bonus points about the look?! It’s loose! If you’re like me that’s important considering the amount of food you will enjoy (and rightly so…it’s the holidays!). If you wanted to belt the look for a more cinched in look, why not try this?:
I know, I know…this may seem like two wacky prints mixed together! But it works! The quintessentially fall colored top will just peek out of the oh-so-cozy wrap. The shoes add a bit of humor to the outfit as well, while the pants act as the neutral…the base for the look.
This is definitely a fun look with the booties. Perhaps they’re not your thing though? No worries…in all honesty, they might not fit into my personal style, so try switching ’em out with these (if they are your style, what a great look this styling could be!)!
Originally: $404…Now this, my friends, is what you call a steal at Anthro!
This would be a great look to wear…nothing too fancy, but still nice. The necklace is just the right amount of delicate and the shoes add a little pizzazz! If you wanted, you could switch out the shoes for these flats (the total price would be $40 cheaper!):
Well, that wraps this post up! I hope you got some fabulous ideas if you were in need of inspiration! But please tell me….no matter how exciting or unexciting it may be, what do you plan on wearing on Thanksgiving?!
Instead of wearing the literal colors of black and orange, do something a little more abstract. Perhaps gray or brown would be great alternatives to black, or just mix another color into the black and orange color scheme. Here, the black and gray dress has a wonderful flow to it, almost reminding me of a ghost! Pair the brown flats with it that have a subtle orange tint to them, and you’re good to go!
The incorporation of black, gray, orange, a bit of green, and a splash of shine works seamlessly here. That shine adds that extra needed bit of oomph. Wearing this, you’ll look ready for the holiday, but still very sophisticated.
Need a last minute costume idea?! How about Rachel Zoe?