Since New Years is just around the corner, and the most important part of New Years is not only who you're with but who and what you're wearing, I thought it would only be fair to compile a list (and long list at that) of my favorite picks for NYE wear. I divided it into categories of different types of dresses, skirts, blazers, and tops. Discretion: most of the items contain sparkle or embellishment. It's only fair. Another discretion: I'm pretty sure I've already picked mine out, it's perfect, but I'm not putting it on here because, well, that's only fair.
Dresses, in the bodycon category: ALC (lace, a great substitution for those of you who don't wear sequin), David Lerner (not only the king of leggings, I love Lerner's sweetheart dress: the details around the neck makes my heart melt), Free People (I am a fan of the velvet trend so long as it is kept simple, like this dress), Pleasure Doing Business, and Herve Leger, whose designer Herve L. Leroux pioneered the bodycon dress in the first place. You could refer to him as the God of bandage. His prices certainly reflect his authority in this category.
Dresses, in the (final) girly category:
Love this Twelfth St by Cynthia Vincent dress. Count on her for stunning yet classic looks. We all know her shoes are reliable for this. Next, Alberta Ferretti, Elizabeth and James (one of my favorite designers, and I love not only the detail but the name of this dress), Ever, Veda (leather Queens), DVF (this is simply stunning), Rory Beca (you know how I feel about open backs).
When I saw this quintessential bodycon dress in black velvet, I knew it would be the perfect holiday dress. I am a total fan of the velvet trend so long as its kept subtle: that means no velvet prints. This dress is surprisingly comfortable, warmer than the traditional cotton spandex, and unbelievably soft. I love the fitted long sleeves and the U-shaped back. The dress hits mid thigh and is perfect with the right pair of heels, or worn casually with ankle or motorcycle boots.
This sweater and bag are both from Les Petites in Paris. What I adore about this sweater is that it's perfectly oversized in the body, where it is long enough to wear with leggings (I even paired it with bike shorts and sandals in the late summer), but the sleeves are completely fitted past the elbow to balance out the baggy style. It's almost like a half poncho, and in the perfect marriage of black and white. The bag is in the softest leather and the lightest shade of grey possible (essentially off white). The long strap is conveniently adjustable, so it can go over the shoulder or across the body. The chains on the flap really make it stand out. My necklace is one long strand that is meant to be knotted for a transitional length. shoes: Cynthia Vincent
This sweatshirt dress is also from IRO in Paris. I love the wide v-neck, form fitting silhouette, and distressing throughout. There are so many ways to wear this completely comfortable dress all year round: on its own, with sandals or motorcycle boots, with tights and a long sleeved shirt underneath, or with a leather jacket thrown on top. Bracelet: Chan Luu
As I've said before, I love the apres ski look, specifically the fair isle trend. Wool and angora, this cozy Rag & Bone grayling sweater nails the look with its almost long sleeves. I love balancing its thickness with a leather skirt, the montpelier shorts that rag & bone pair it with, or layered over a nondescript button up and denim.