Hey, not everything is about getting a date. Sometimes you just want to hang with your best lady friends. My best friends and I are terrible at scheduling hang time — we’ll spend an entire huge email chain trying to pick a night that everyone’s free, and then somebody will suddenly remember that they promised to go to their uncle’s best friend’s wedding (looking at you Erin!). So if you’re lucky enough to have some non-flaky friends and can get together, you don’t want to have to worry about your outfit. Thankfully, we’ve chosen for girls’ night looks that’ll keep you looking cute — no matter whether you and your friends are the sip-wine-quietly-at-home types or the up-til-the-wee-hours-raging kind. Keep reading »
“I will be a reluctant bridesmaid in a family member’s wedding next month. The bride is having us wear silver evening shoes, either sandals or open-toe pumps, with this dusty purple (‘wisteria,’ hello) gown. Now, buying silver shoes on a budget is pretty much a one-way ticket to trashy town, but I refuse to spend over $200 on a pair of shoes that I’ll probably never wear again. Can you help me find a pair of affordable silver open-toe shoes that aren’t a death sentence for my already-compromised fashion sense?” — Sulking About Silver
Ah, the grin-and-bear-it bridesmaid. We’ve all been there, and some fare worse than others. Consider yourself fortunate: that dress is actually pretty alright! Of course, it’s probably made of uber-flammable taffeta or some shit, so be careful should you find yourself inebriated and in a close proximity to candles, which you undoubtedly will. Keep reading »
There’s something so retro and romantic about a sweetheart neckline. Whether it’s on a va-va-voomy floral sundress or a simple, office-appropriate frock, it’s hard not to feel like Marilyn Monroe when you’re wearing one. Want to add this fabulous style to your summer wardrobe? Click through for 7 awesome options, most for less than 50 bucks!
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the drawstring-waist dress is the most universally flattering of all the dresses in all the land. There’s no body type that doesn’t stand to benefit from a cinch, and most importantly, it skims over the issue of what I like to call “barbecue belly” in the summertime without the am I pregnant? effect of an empire waist. The style is also well-suited to the vertically challenged like myself — a drawstring means that you can pull a couple of inches of fabric out from the waist to make a dress, you know, shorter. Check out these 10 summery drawstring-waist dresses, from mini to maxi and everything in between…
I’m well acquainted with designer Nanette Lepore because I’ve lusted after many of her gorgeous dresses while browsing the racks at my favorite department stores. But before I read the amazing book Overdressed, I didn’t know that Lepore was one of the few designers who still produces the majority of her clothing in the USA — to be exact, 80% of her line is made in New York City. This manufacturing decision comes at a price: most of her pieces retail for between $250 and $400, but you’re paying for good craftsmanship, better fabric quality, and the assurance that the people who make your clothes are being compensated fairly. If you’ve been saving up for a really special dress, I would suggest taking a gander at Nanette Lepore’s offerings. Click through to check out some of my favorites!
As I write this, I am committing a moral transgression of sartorial infidelity: I’m cheating on my ever-faithful black-filled wardrobe today with a pink floral sundress, and I feel just terrible about it. It wasn’t until I left the house that the reality — and, with it, the guilt — set in. I’ll be spending the remainder of the day coming up with a variety of ways to repent for my style sins, so don’t be surprised if you spot me at confession. But first, let’s start with these 10 black summer dresses that I totally could have (and should have) worn today …