Holiday Party Dresses

To help you tackle all the Holiday Parties brilliantly, may I present: the perfect party dress. Ring in the festivities with one of these hot-to-trot frocks and you’ll shine brighter than any strand of lights.

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ASOS Skater Dress In Check Print, $97.89, available at ASOS.

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Mara Hoffman Suzani Jersey Mini Dress, $260, available at Frances May.

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Nasty Gal Finders Keepers Wait For Me Dress, $158, available at Nasty Gal.

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Gypsum Lady In Red Dress, $45, available at Gypsum.

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Zero + Maria Cornejo Akori Dress, $895, available at Shopbop.

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DVF Barbie Embel Printed Chiffon Dress, $298.99, available at Bastille.

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Anthropologie Embroidered Santri Dress, $178, available at Anthropologie.

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Threadsence Visionary Ombre Maxi Dress, $39.50, available at Threadsence.

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Reformation Jade Dress, $198, available at Reformation.

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Zara Shift Dress, $59.90, available at Zara.

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Juicy Couture Solid Ponte Flirty Dress, $89 to $128, available at Juicy Couture.

Party On!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

Whether it is a low-key Friendsgiving or an elaborate Thanksgiving celebration with family, two things are certain: A big meal is imminent, and a festive outfit is in order. No need to fret about what to wear though—don one of these outfits and you’ll be raved about almost as much as the pumpkin pie.

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Laid-Back and Ladylike

Kate Upton, donned the perfect Thanksgiving-ready outfit. The simple-yet-stylish dark denim. The relaxed-yet-refined tweed blazer. The icing on the cake: her chunky black bracelets—such great conversation starters!

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Get the Look

Studio M jacket, $70, macys.com Notify stretch-denim jeans, $99, bluefly.com Black lace stretch bangle, $65, betseyjohnson.com

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Pajama Power

Let’s face it: We all want to lounge around and be as chill as possible on Thanksgiving, so why not just follow designer Rachel Roy‘s lead and wear matching pajamas? Dress them up by accessorizing with glimmering chains and a luxurious clutch.

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Get the Look

Ralph Lauren stripe knit pajamas, $68, nordstrom.com Juicy Couture pavé toggle necklace, $86, amazon.com Deux Lux fold-over spiked clutch, $95, lastcall.com

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Comfortably Glam

Choose your Thanksgiving fashion wisely by picking a loose, easygoing sweater—if you plan to go for seconds, that is. Keep things stylish by pairing with a metallic miniskirt and, like Kate Bosworth, an orangey red lip.

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Get the Look

Knitted angora cable jumper, $92, topshop.com Magaschoni shimmer skirt, $55, amazon.com Nars limited-edition cinematic lipstick, $26, neimanmarcus.com

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A Little Faux Fur

Leave it to stylish Sienna Miller to take an oversize blouse and make it look fab—not drab—courtesy of a furry scarf. The whole look gives off a festive yet easygoing vibe.

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Get the Look

 Mongolian dip-dye lapel collar, $69, asos.com Worthington pleather-trim blouse, $16, jcpenney.com Stella ankle-zip jean leggings, $56, express.com

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Cozy Pattern Play

  This cool sweater-pants combo that Blake Lively wore, is intriguing and cozy. Not only do the patterns play well, she wisely chose patent flats to keep things comfy—a must-do when it comes to Thanksgiving Day dressing.

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Get the Look

Splendid bouclé active sweater, $98, shopbop.com Street-chic houndstooth leggings, $9, forever21.com Kelsi Sagger Suzara loafers, $95, lorisshoes.com

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Festive Red Trousers 

Julianne Hough chose a sweet embroidered top, bright red trousers, and clear clutch combination. It’s a wonderful ensemble for Friendsgiving—just bring the dessert and you’ll be a strong contender for best guest.

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Get the Look

Nude pearl-embellished top, $29, dorothyperkins.com Pleated baggy trousers $60, mango.com Crystal glimmer clutch, $50, nastygal.com

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Layer Your Coat

During the brisk months ahead, It’s recommended that you build your outfit around your outerwear. To show you how it’s done, I’m peeling back the layers of 7 different coat-centric looks.

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A bold evening coat looks great with a cocktail dress, but try taking it out of its element with a pair of worn-in boyfriend jeans and a knit cap.

Alice + Olivia Shawl Collar Coat ($898); Joe’s Jeans Tux Tee Shirt ($88); Big Star Rolled Slim Jeans ($142); Gap Chevron Hat ($20); Loeffler Randall Rider Bag($650); Bruno Magli Kitten Heels ($595).

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A sleeveless plaid coat serves as an excellent layering piece over a jacket. Balance the coat’s longer length with a sleek biker jacket that rests at the hips.

Phillip Lim Cape Vest ($895); Phillip Lim Biker Jacket ($1,695); Chaser Tank ($60); Blank NYC Skinny Jeans ($88); BCBG MAXAZRIA Knit Hat ($68); Annelise Michelson Necklace ($420); Rag & Bone Pilot Bag ($925); Dolce Vita Quid Heels ($209).

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The peacoat is an outerwear crowd pleaser, it goes with everything. Since the piece itself is a bit understated, add interest to your look with a mix of textures and prints.

A.L.C. Cannady Peacoat ($795); LOFT Stripe Sweater Tee ($40); Joe’s Jeans Dandy Woven Shirt ($168); Lover Mini Skirt ($400); A.P.C.Chain Strap Bag ($620); HUE Opaque Tights ($14); Giuseppe Zanotti Boots ($1,895).

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The long and short of it: an ankle-grazing coat functions as the perfect balance for a minidress and combat boots.

Mara Hoffman Coat (similar style here); Guess Denim Skirtall($108); Rag & Bone Marigold Top ($290); The 2 Bandits Wharf Earrings ($128); Rachel Zoe Montana Backpack ($395); Burberry Silk Scarf ($495, similar style here); HUE Luster Tights ($14); Rag & Bone Boots ($595).

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Pink is the new black, so treat this fuzzy coat as a neutral with washed-out skinny jeans and a muted plaid shirt.

H&M Coat ($149); Equipment Cardigan ($318); April, May Top ($209, similar style here); McGuire Boyfriend Jeans ($218, 877.746.7267, similar style here); The Elder Statesman Cashmere Beanie ($270); DKNY Crossbody Bag ($265, similar style here); Paul Smith Loafers ($437).

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The quickest way to toughen up a menswear coat: add a biker vest on top. To further the look’s no holds barred vibe, throw on a sheer lace blouse and metallic heels.

Tibi Moto Vest ($950, 212.226.5852, similar style here); BLK DNM Coat ($1,195); 7 For All Mankind Lace Top ($218); Triarchy Tie Dye Jeans ($245, similar style here); Gucci  Sunglasses ($345); French Connection Bag ($348); Fendi T-Strap Pumps($1,190).

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Hit on the season’s grunge look, while simultaneously indulging your daring side, by pairing a faux fur coat with a plaid oxford, zipper-detail skinnies, and printed ankle boots.

Opening Ceremony Cocoon Coat ($795); Juicy Couture Sheer Plaid Blouse ($108); Paige Denim Skinny Coated Jeans ($269); Chloè Tote ($2,320); Shoe Cult Chelsea Boots ($120).

Are you Coat-Centric?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Hawaiian Punch

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A more sophisticated kind of island fever has recently won over the fashion world. Splashy tropical prints in a vibrant color palette–think: zippy tangerines, ocean blues, and punchy pinks–have flooded runways and red carpets alike. Selena Gomez wore the trend in a feminine way, wearing Dolce & Gabbana’s abbreviated Cotton Print Top (part of a two-piece set $1045) with a high-waisted Orange Cotton Stretch Pencil Skirt ($840) from the S/S 13 collection. Meanwhile, Mara Hoffman’s Beaded Flat Top ($216) and Gypsy Skirt ($264), also from S/S 13, featured a more literal interpretation of the Hawaiian trend. This look couldn’t be more perfect for warm spring and summer days. So say aloha to these fun styles!

Equipment Leandra Tropical Print Shirt ($218)
Leave it to Equipment to come up with a fresh and incredibly chic take on the Hawaiian shirt. Style it with crisp white jeans and brown wedge heels.

Ray-Ban Leather Trimmed Sunglasses ($268)
Ray-Ban’s tinted shades are a little bit sweet, thanks to flamingo pink lenses, while leather-trimmed frames give them a touch of edge.

Sandro Tiare Sweatshirt ($235)
Tell everyone where you wish you’d rather be in Sandro’s cute sweater. Pair it with denim cutoffs and gladiator sandals, and you’ll be ready for a day at the beach.

Twisty Parallel Universe Palm Print Skater Skirt ($472)
This girly skirt in a powerhouse print is a shortcut to paradise. Just balance its voluminous shape with a fitted, tucked-in top.

Juicy Couture Small Oval Drop Earrings ($42) in Yellow
Juicy Couture’s brightly colored baubles are the perfect accent for all these colorful pieces, but they’re understated enough for everyday wear too.

Kimchi Blue Palm Print Fold-Over Clutch ($29)
Take island-inspired prints beyond the beach with this bold clutch, which will instantly punch up your going-out ensembles.

Stubbs & Wootton for J.Crew Classic Linen Slippers ($400)
Whether you’re sipping mai-tais poolside or meeting friends for brunch, finish off your look with these playful slippers.

Joe’s Jeans Palm Beach High Water Jeans ($179)
A colorful palm print lends these cropped skinnies a hint of exotic appeal. Team them with a silky blouse and heels for your next GNO–or luau!

XOXO

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Pretty Pajama Sets

When it comes to your sleepwear, an oversized t-shirt and an old pair of sweats shouldn’t cut it. Up the ante of your slumber style in one of these relaxed silhouettes. Rendered in graphic prints and soft silks, you’ll want to live in these sophisticated pajama sets all winter long.

J.Crew Collection Silk Ribbon Bow-Print Pajama Shirt ($100) and Pants ($90)

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Gap Soft & Cozy Ribbed PJ Set ($50) in Poster Red

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SUNO Button Down Pajamas ($165) in Geo Crosswalk

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Eberjey Gisele PJ Set ($120) in Black

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Juicy Couture Striped Shirtdress ($70) and Gifting Boxer Short ($40)

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Steven Alan Boyfriend PJ Top ($168) and PJ Pants ($158) in Pink Plaid Multicolor (available mid-to-late January)

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intiMint Crepe Satin PJ Set ($80) in Teal

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Victoria’s Secret The Fireside Long Jane Pajamas ($40) in Black/White Animal

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Aerie Perfect PJ Top ($40) and Pants ($35) in Polish

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Betsey Johnson Cuddle Satin PJ Set ($69)

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Which Set is Your Fave?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Party Clutches

The Inspiration
Your clutch shouldn’t be an afterthought, but rather a piece that further articulates your look. Australian actress Bella Heathcote demonstrated this idea perfectly at the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala in Beverly Hills last week when she teamed a one-of-a-kind lilac Gucci cocktail dress with a satin box clutch, also by said fashion house, in the same hue. The clutch’s minimalist design doesn’t compete with the frock-which, with its sheer panel and layered paillettes, is a statement piece in itself-but instead serves as an elegant addition. On the flip side, if you opt for an understated party outfit this season, a glitzy bag, like Elie Saab’s Silver Suede and Crystal Evening Clutch ($975), will add a touch of glamour to your pared-down look.

1. Edie Parker Flavia Clutch ($1395, 212.753.7300) in Nude Pearlescent with Sand Confetti Geo…Don’t want to spend quite so much? Try Topshop’s Diamante Silver Box Clutch ($140) instead.

2. Zara Jeweled Box Clutch ($90)

3. Sondra Roberts Jewel Box Clutch ($200) in Black

4. Reiss Lucy Zip Top Panelled Clutch ($205)

5. Brian Atwood Octavia Clutch ($2995)…Additionally, I approve of ASOS’ Beaded Iridescent Clutch ($62), which hits on the embellished trend too, albeit with a smaller price tag.

6. Juicy Couture Wild Ones Jade Clutch ($198)

7. Stella McCartney Gold Square Evening Collection Clutch ($1995)I also recommend Expressions NYC’s Snake Embossed Box Clutch ($48) as a more wallet-friendly alternative.

—Who What Wear