The 2011 Academy Awards was last weekend, and wow! So many sophisticated and awesome styles to check out. (And some trainwrecks, too, but that’s part of the fun).
First, the good. Scarlett Johanssen rocked a Dolce & Gabbana lace dress in a super magenta color. I love this. What I didn’t love was her hair, which, by the time she presented, looked like she’d gotten out of the pool and hadn’t bothered to shower afterward.
And Anne Hathaway, as the new host, looked stunning in almost all her dresses (and really seemed to be having fun). Her blueberry-colored “fruit roll up” dress--toward the end of the evening--was really amazing.
Sandra Bullock also carried off a red dress, and, super-cute bonus, said she wore it because her little son likes red!
Now, the trainwrecks. You can usually count on Helena Bonham-Carter to bring the weirdness. Oscar night was no exception. While it wasn’t a Golden Globe-level fiasco, this messy conglomeration of gloves and corset was kind of goth and very blech.
Any thoughts on your favorite red carpet styles?
Paisley has some pretty enduring popularity—it’s been mass produced on fabric since 1640! According to Wikipedia, the design comes from India and Persia, but it’s named for a town in Scotland.
While there’s lots of back story about where and why people chose this pattern, I think most people choose to wear it because it’s fun, looks good, and can be used in a variety of ways.
Patterned dresses are one way to incorporate paisley print into your wardrobe. This chic dress in a Boho style has a sweet paisley pattern on a brown background. Another idea is this wrinkle-free and flattering dress that draws attention to your legs and plays up your natural curves.
Finally, this sweet A-line dress has a cool abstract paisley pattern that swirls everywhere and a jewel neckline designed to flatter plus-size figures.
Bring on the paisley!
Of course we’ve all heard about Lady Gaga and her giant egg/horns outfit. She definitely uses her clothes to shock people and generate buzz. But what about some of the other stars at the Grammys? What looked good and what didn’t? What would you choose to wear?
Rihanna got a little bit daring in her white dress that paired sheer panels with ruffles. I think this gown did a good job of showing off while still leaving something to the imagination.
Nicole Kidman worked a stylish print dress—something that you don’t see all that often, since most women seem to choose solid colors for their red carpet looks. But this print is beautiful.
Scroll through any set of Grammy photos and you’ll see that metallic fabrics were incredibly popular this year. Selena Gomez went with a shimmery gold dress and some smashing accessories.
Who do you think was the hottest Grammy attendee?
It’s only February, but a couple of 65-degree days in my area have me pumped for spring, summer, and all those days where you can run outside without bundling up. And of course, dreaming of all that time you can spend on the beach.
And then I saw some warm weather dresses. The great thing about dresses is how versatile they are—they’re not just formalwear. Because they’re cool and flowing, casual dresses are great as a beach wear!
Something like this tiered dress is a good example. Wear it while stretching your legs on the boardwalk or going out for dinner. It can be dressed up or down, too, depending on what the situation requires.
Another beachy option is a cool cover up dress like this one. Throw it on over your bathing suit or just wear it casually. The embellished neckline and trendy style make this one better than just another cover up.
And finally, maxi dresses are just about perfect for the beach. You can wear them as cover ups, but you can just wear them on their own, too. A boldly printed maxi dress like this one adds some style to your beach wear.
I’m off to Hawaii in a few weeks (I KNOW. SO EXCITED.) and there’s tons to do to get ready for the vacation, but bathing suits are on the top of my priority list. Fortunately there are so many options these days.
One option is the swimdress, a really loose-fitting, cool bathing suit that’s good for plus-size women who don’t want something form fitting, or need full-coverage support.
Some swimdress options:
A black classic, with an empire waist, wide straps, and a flattering fit:
A sweet surplice v-neck with built-in tummy minimizer:
An embellished scoopneck with stones and sequins:
Check out all the new swimwear options here.
If you watch the TV show Mad Men, you’re very familiar with January Jones’ brittle and put-upon character, Betty Draper, the 60s housewife trapped in a life she doesn’t want. But in real life, JJ appears to enjoy breaking out of her role and trying new things, fashion-wise. And sometimes getting panned by critics for it!
Critics mostly hated this blue dress she wore to the 2010 Emmy’s …one called it a “mullet dress”!
I personally don’t think it’s awful—there are many, many worse dresses out there. And there’s something fun about it. But I wouldn’t have chosen it for a red carpet event.
Apparently all that on-set 60s lingerie inspired JJ to break out this dress—which looks more like a corset that should be worn underneath a dress than a dress itself. Definitely not into this look, although her hair and makeup are actually really pretty.
And then she decided to go really daring in red Versace dress at the Golden Globes. While her hair has a classic 40s look, the dress is very modern—and leaves very little to the imagination.
But a few weeks later at the 2011 SAG awards, JJ was demurely covered.
No one can say that January Jones chooses boring dresses or always looks the same! What is your favorite of JJ’s looks?
So I know spring is still weeks away, but hey! The groundhog didn’t see his shadow this year, so we’re going to go with wishful thinking and plan for spring shoes in February.
I mean, you can wear these shoes in the winter, too, but with ice and slush and salt everywhere, you probably don’t want to.
Celebrate the return of daffodils and other spring flowers with these pretty Zipper Flower flats! I imagine wearing them with a pair of jeans or khaki pants for a day out, or pairing them with more formal pants for a day at the office.
Cool platform pumps give you a boost! I like the platform base that these shoes have, in addition to the heel. They also have the shiny patent leather look that turns heads. Wear these with a skirt to work or any pair of pants you own, even jeans!
So you’ve got your pumps and flats, but don’t forget the slingback! These shoes have a trendy peep toe and a sexy bow to finish them off in style. Wear them with a dress, skirt, or nice pair of pants this spring.
Who knew how many awesome kinds of bracelets exist out there? I’ll admit I’m not much of a bracelet wearer, but every time I decide to check them out, I’m always impressed by the variety and style. These things could make your outfit!
For example, this Fish Scale stretch bracelet is so chic. I can picture wearing it with jeans and a loose white button down (sleeves rolled up) or with a hot dress, depending on the occasion.
Then there’s a sparkling red rhinestone Victorian Knot bracelet, which has just enough bling that I’d pair it with something simple like a sweater dress or plain wrap dress. Fun!
And for cool beach wear, pair these beaded stretch bracelets with your cover-up or maxi dress.
Yes, February 14 is just around the corner, and whether you’re hitting the town with your significant other or going out with your single friends, now is the time to think about what you’re going to wear. This is the time to look good!
Want a dress? This black boatneck dress is sexy and incredibly flattering with trim that shines. And this Surplice dress hugs the slim parts of your body to emphasize your curves in the best way possible. The red version is a head-turning favorite.
But if you’re thinking you’d rather go with pants and a hot top, there are so many options! The vintage lace top is feminine and pretty in pink (or black, if you prefer) and this embellished blouse with flutter sleeves and chain necklace detail is also a sophisticated choice. And for shear georgette style, check out this delicate-looking pleated tunic.
What do you plan to wear? See more Valentine’s Day options here.
It’s Hollywood award season, and that means the stars are showing up in their hottest (and sometimes weirdest) attire to stand on the red carpet and be seen. I love checking out the clothes.
Christina Hendricks showed off her curves in a black lace long-sleeved dress, which I liked simply because it’s a little different than the typical strapless evening gown style that most of the women choose.
On the other hand, there’s something really classic and elegant about those strapless evening gowns—like Mariska Hargitay’s choice.
I love Kelly Kapoor on The Office (played by Mindy Kaling), but I’m not sure how I feel about her dress choice. All that ruching is not exactly flattering and just seems messy.
But I LOVED Tina Fey’s red patterned dress—a classic with a floral twist!
And Angie Harmon made some kind of statement in this corset-boa concoction. Is it wrong that I don’t HATE it?
What were your favorite looks from the SAG awards?