a fashionable way to recycle.
The holiday parties have come to a conclusion and that gold dress you wore on New Years is so 2011 — or so you think. Whether you visited your local Forever 21 (find out why I don’t shop there) or hit up Neiman Marcus for those seasonal cocktail dresses, you hate to see a perfectly stunning dress go to waste, so pull those sparkly numbers back out from the depths of your closet — it’s time to get reduce (your spending), reuse (those dresses), and recycle (your style)!
The Gold Sequined Dress
Vince Gold All-Over Sequin Dress, $475. Humanoid Woven Linen Vest, $160. Jeffrey Campbell Rouges Wrap Strap Booties, $250. See By Chloe Leo Party Clutch, $395.
Once upon a time, the holidays were the only time it was acceptable to be a walking disco ball. Here’s your chance to soothe your inner diva year-round! Rough the outfit up in a sleeveless anorak and utilitarian boots. Give shape to the outfit with a studded belt, and to avoid completely hiding the glam, carry a gold-accented clutch.
The Chiffon Maxi
Helmut Lang Orbit Drapped Chiffon Maxi Dress, $595. Robert Rodriguez Double Breasted Blazer, $395. Alejandro Ingelmo ‘Sophia’ Platform Pumps, $250. Proenza Schouler PS1 Satchel, $1,960.
The only thing that hit the floor before you did on New Years Eve was your dazzling maxi dress, and it would have been a shame to put that one away for good. While this isn’t a dress you necessarily want to run errands in, it’s still a winner for a nice brunch or a day out shopping. Tone down the flowy chiffon with a menswear-inspired blazer, which will help hide the draping layers that, while appropriate for a fancy party, aren’t made for the streets. As for the statement bag and heels? Well, let’s be real — such a dress deserves a pair of pumps, but keep it casual with a patent nude, and isn’t a statement purse a necessity every day?
The Little Black Lace Dress
Nicholas Rebecca Chantilly Lace Dress, $330. Helmut Lang Angora Floats Pullover, $460. Free People London Opaque Tights, $12. Mulberry Oxford Flat Shoe in Hedgehog Metallic, $385.
There’s nothing more sexy than a little lace number, which is great for a night out but doesn’t work so well for your every day attire. To tone it down a few notches, layer an oversized sweater over the dress — an asymmetrical one that lets a bit of extra lace peer out here an there maintains an air of seduction. A pair of black tights is classic, and metallic brogues show off taste in a casual shoe. Finish the look with a neutral bag so you’re classy, not flashy.
Anybody else looking forward to taking that party dress out for a second round?