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NYC Fashion Week 2014: A Packing Guide

To Pack or Not to Pack…

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Most packing advice articles would probably advise you to pack light, this one advises you to pack as much as you can. Other ones would advise you to pack neutrals, this one reminds you not to forget your statement pieces. Others would advise to bring comfortable walking shoes, this one would laugh.

Why?

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Fashion Week. Specifically New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, and during this World Fair-esque gathering of the most fashionable people in the planet, you must dress for the occasion.

The uniform?

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Don’t look uniform to the people around you. In this week celebrating the best American designers, the objective is to stand out.

Aside from the essentials, the most important part of packing for Fashion Week is loud, unique pieces you can wear to shows. We’ve created a list of a few items you should consider packing an extra suitcase (or four) for. 

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1. Lucite

There is something super sexy about Lucite. Yes, it’s modern and sometimes reads childish but there’s a certain sense of maturity when it’s done right.

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Though not technically Lucite, there’s something so daringly brave about a Lucite-like, see through purse- like a badass vulnerability.

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It’s clear that Lucite is a fashion week must-have. (Pun Intended) I mean, check out these lace and lucite nails!

 

2. Leather

“With their souls of patent leather, they come down the road. Hunched and nocturnal, where they breathe they impose, silence of dark rubber, and fear of fine sand.”  – Federico Lorca

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Leather “baddens” everything up. It doesn’t have to be a jacket or shoes- you could go with a skirt or even a jumpsuit.image1xl

 

3. Fur and Shearing

“In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and even clothes, the discussion of fur is childish.”   -Karl Lagerfeld

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Nothing says “I don’t care about Delta’s luggage policy, I would hire a Sherpa if need be it” than packing a luxurious fur coat for Fashion Week.

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4. Statement Bags

Sure they may need extra time to pack since you have to wrap them nicely for protection, and maybe even in a box to keep them from flattening, but who doesn’t love a statement bag?

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It is key that your bag doesn’t clash. Bringing statement pieces does not mean mindlessly throwing them on. I mean, it is still Fashion Week. Ask yourself, “what would Anna think?”

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5. Statement Sunnies

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“With my sunglasses on, I’m Jack Nicholson. Without them, I’m fat and 60.”                                                         -Jack Nicholson

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Personally, I think you should save sunnies for when you are outside. Unless you’re Anna Wintour, you’re a little tacky wearing them while watching a show, I mean do you really wanna compromise the beauty of the colors Diane Von Furstenberg is presenting you with?

Andy Grammer Stops By stylehaüs

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Discovered on 3rd Street Promenade, Andy Grammer has come a long way from where he started. With his hot single Keep Your Head up featured in the smash Pitch Perfect, Andy’s fame has sky rocketed- but he still stays humble.

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Before performing a jam packed show at The Grove, Andy Grammer stopped by stylehaus to shoot an intimate interview and check out what our stylists suggest for stage wear.

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Afterwards, Andy Grammar won the hearts and eternal gratitude of two stylehaus stylists by hooking them up with free VIP passes to the concert this past Wednesday.

IMG_2103Andy’s newest album hits stores Tuesday, August 4th and if it’s as good as his concert was, we can guarantee a new heart throb is in the works. 

Little Fashion: Style Comes in All Sizes

As we obsessed over photos of little fashionistas, we came across the Instagram account Fashion Kids. From there it was a black hole of mini gladiator sandals, beanies, sneakers and sunnies. To think fashion inspiration is coming from a well dressed three or five-year old is unbelievable but you know what….believe it! We think it’s safe to say that Suri Cruz started this whole kids of fashion trend and we fully support it. They may not be celebrity children, but they deserve the spotlight. Moms, you have done well and we salute you with this “mini” fashion tribute.

BEANIES

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Genesis and her little California style is keeping us on our A-game with beanie after beanie. If you’re not familiar, us Cali girls tend to rock this trend year round and this peanut sized hipster knows what style is all about.

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It’s obvious that four-year old Gavin has some mini swagger with his denim on denim look but we are obsessing over the hair. Need we say more? Not really. He speaks for himself on YouTube.

MENSWEAR INSPIRED

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Three years old never looked so adorable, especially when it’s menswear inspired. Side zip skinny khakis and Converse inspired kicks caught our eye on this fashion trend of girls rocking it just like the boys. Three year old Michelle shows us grown ladies how it’s done.

SUSPENDERS

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Mario and his suspenders. Ugh…you are a site to see little man. Is it us or does he have a David Beckham/European style going on? Three years old has treated you well. We can’t wait to see year four. Check him out on Twitter @YanisMario.

VESTS

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Ev knows street style and there is no question about it. An oversized camo vest shows off a little bit of rocker and we are completely convinced. Little lady, you wear it well.

SUNNIES

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A five-year old who loves beau hudson? Umm yes please. Little Liam is a boy with style and we are feelin’ the “Bruno Mars if he wore aviators” vibe he has going on.

TOP KNOT

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Haileigh is taking over the world at four years old and with this look and a killer top knot, we can see how she’s doing just that. This little fashionista knows when to keep it sleek and when to let her hair down.

Throwback Thursday: Weekend One of Coachella

If you’re like any other Instagrammer, you’ve seen every Vanessa Hudgens and Alessandra Ambrosio photo possible from last weekend’s Coachella festivities. The fashion and music and, well fashion, had some shocking moments like Vanessa’s new long blonde locks and Kendall Jenner’s giant nose ring. For us, the bull-like jewelry was a little too much but the ladies of Coachella rocked our socks off.

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Of course it wasn’t always like this and at the very beginning, Coachella 1999 was only a two-day event. Skipping 2000, the festival started back up in 2001 with just one day. The festival quickly grew and in 2002, the festival went back to a two-day format. Soon it would become a three-day event in 2007 and most recently, a second weekend was added in 2012.

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Woodstock ’99 riots caused a no on-site camping rule for Coachella till 2002. This, of course, did not stop the festival goers from enjoying the sounds of big artists like Beck, Moby, Tool and more. Thanks to Pearl Jams’ boycott against Ticketmaster in 1993 and 25,000 fans, their performance at Indio’s Empire Polo Club shined some much-needed light on the desert location and soon became Coachella’s birth place.

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With no real understanding of how Coachella fashion became Coachella fashion, we all can agree that it’s made a giant statement with its Woodstock inspired vibe and free spirit. If you walk down the Venice boardwalk, you’ll get a pretty good idea of just what to expect this upcoming weekend.

If you haven’t already, get 15 last minute tips and tricks for Coachella here.

Marina Monday: My Best Dressed of the 2014 MTV Movie Awards

Celebrities brought their A-game to the 2014 MTV Movie Awards last night…well most of them did. The red carpet shined with designs from Alice + Olivia, Valentino and Marjan Pejoski. A casual awards show, such as this one, brings out the creative side of fashion that would never stand a chance at The Oscars. By the way, did you see the Awards Nail Art Cam? Some major spring painted digits and bling happened.

Ok, back to the topic on hand. Here are my best dressed from the night.

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Jessica Alba looked stunning in a full Kenzo skirt and Piece d’Anarchive tube top. Those geometric Jimmy Choo ‘Anouk’ pumps pulled the ensemble together with a crochet clutch from Narciso Rodriquez for Bottletop. Playing off the bright colors of spring, Jessica’s sunkissed skin accented the crop top trend perfectly.

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Ivory made an appearance on many celebrities and Ellie Goulding definitely took the award on this one in a Giorgio Armani dress and Jimmy Choo sandals. The floor length sheer gown and barely there makeup made this golden locks lady a site to see. Not to mention, the waistline cutouts showed the right amount of skin for a sexy chic look.

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Hello thigh-high slit. Zendaya Coleman strutted the carpet in a floral Emanuel Ungaro dress and embellished Christian Louboutin ankle-strap pumps. No bare arms for this lady with sleek long sleeves and squared off shoulders. Sultry and classic, Zendaya’s ombre beach waves framed her fresh “almost not there” makeup look.

LUPITA NYONG’O

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Lupita Nyong’o does it once again. Dressed in Chanel, along with electric blue pumps, the dress fit her like a glove. Lupita is not one to shy away from color and she sure went bold with this look. Geometric shapes, pleats, ruffles and a corset waist sounds like a combination headed for disaster but we disagree. Lupita…Chanel does a body good.

Who’s on your best dressed list?

Trend Report: Red Carpet 2014

The Golden Globes ushered in a new era in Red Carpet dressing.  Gone were overly revealing, overly poufy gowns of 2013 and instead we saw classic, edgy, and covered-up red carpet fashions.  Classic colors- black, white, and red- made up the bulk of the ladies’ gowns, and Old Hollywood-esque cuts were the most popular, on the likes of Lena Dunham and Sofia Vergara.  The Critic’s Choice Awards and last night’s SAG Awards echoed much of the same:  starlets are leaning toward sophisticated silhouettes that are balanced and feminine- but they aren’t afraid to play around a little bit, either.  Here are some of 2014’s top red carpet trends so far:

 

Bright Red:

 

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Amy Adams, Emma Watson, Lupita Nyong’o, Elisabeth Moss

Amy Adams, Emma Watson, newcomer Lupita Nyong’o, and Taylor Swift (among others) all chose to wear a bold shade of red at the Globes.  Elisabeth Moss stole the SAG Awards red carpet in her perfectly classic red gown! The color of the year has  orange undertones, coming off brighter and fresher than vampy red and burgundy gowns that were popular for last awards season.

 

Classic Black:

 

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Cate Blanchett, Amy Poehler, Emma Roberts

The past few seasons have been very experimental, with prints and crazy cutouts making headlines- but stars are going back to basics this year.  Black was an overwhelmingly popular color choice for the Globes-  Cate Blanchett, a constant Best Dressed frontrunner, wore a black Armani gown, host Amy Poehler wore a black Stella McCartney sheath, and Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, and Sofia Vegara all went for basic black as well.

 

White:

 

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Lupita Nyong’o, Margot Robbie, Kerry Washington, Gretchen Mohl

Less dramatic but more eye-catching, white was a popular dress color at the Golden Globes too.  Hollywood’s favorite red carpet girl Jennifer Lawrence wore a strapless white Dior gown, new girl Margot Robbie wore white Gucci with a plunging neckline, and Kerry Washington clothed her baby bump in custom white Balenciaga.  At the Critic’s Choice Awards, Lupita Nyong’o wore a stunning white column dress with cutouts.  Gretchen Mohl was our favorite white dress of the season, though- she wore a fishnetted J.Mendel number to the SAG Awards last night!

 

Conservative cuts:

 

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Uma Thurman, Olivia Wilde, Elisabeth Moss

Princess gowns made a few appearances on the carpet, but the most popular silhouette was body-conscious and covered-up.    Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman, Oliva Wilde, Elisabeth Moss, and Kristin Chenowith all went with gowns that feature a high neckline, floor-grazing skirt, and tight fit.  Fuss-free and modern!

 

Deep Vs:

 

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Kate Mara, Michelle Dockery

Plunging necklines will always have a place on the red carpet, though, and many actresses went for gowns in that classic shape.  Amy Adams’ Valentino gown and Kate Mara’s J. Mendel dress at the Globes both featured necklines that plunged all the way down to the rib cage!  Michelle Dockery wore her version of a plunging neckline at the SAG Awards.  The women balanced out the revealing nature of their top half with flowing, drapey skirts.

 

Asymmetrical:

 

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Julie Deply, Amber Heard, Kristen Bell

A new type of neckline emerged too: the asymmetrical neckline.  Many dresses featured an edgy one-shoulder fit and asymmetrically cut necklines at the Globes.  Julie Deply, Ariel Winter, Amber Heard, and Amy Poehler all chose dresses with this unique look, and Kristin Bell gave the trend a shot at the Critic’s Choice Awards too.

 

Playing with classics:

 

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Emma Watson, Julia Roberts, Margot Robbie, Jennifer Lawrence

It also seems that stars and their stylists are letting themselves be more experimental with their red carpet choices.  Emma Watson wore a stunning backless Dior dress featuring a high slit that showed off a slim pair of pants underneath!  Lupita Nyong’o’s Globes dress was a hybrid dress/cape, and Julia Roberts layered her strapless black gown over a crisp white button down.  At the Critic’s Choice Awards, Margot Robbie even pushed the boundaries with a lacy black jumpsuit!  Jennifer Lawrence updated her classicly-fit column gown (Dior, of course) at the SAG Awards with holographic sparkles- one of the biggest runway trends for Spring.  Clearly, the rules are being thrown out the window.

 
Belts:

 

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Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Garner, Amy Adams

The Critic’s Choice Awards are decidedly more casual, and a big trend to emerge from the night was belted dresses.   Sandra Bullock added a metal belt to her ruffled column gown, Cate Blanchett cinched her waist with a wide black belt over her simple navy dress, and Oprah Winfrey streamlined her shape with a sweet bow-shaped belt. Jennifer Garner threw a simple patent belt over her classic black strapless gown at the SAG Awards, and Amy Adams livened up her blue SAG dress with a sparkly waist-cincher, too!

 

Appliques:        

 

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Drew Barrymore, Lupita Nyong’o

    

Floral appliqués made a few appearances at the awards shows, most notably on Drew Barrymore’s Globes dress (Monique Lhuillier) and Lupita Nyong’o’s custom Gucci gown at the SAG Awards.  This is such a fun look, but it DEFINITELY is not for everyone.

 

Crop Tops:

 

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Kerry Washington’s crop top/wide skirt outfit at last night’s SAG Awards polarized fashionistas- some hated it, some loved it.  We loved it!  Kerry bravely showed off her baby bump, and we think she’ll look back on this outfit and be glad she flaunted her goods.  Zooey Deschanel’s Oscar de la Renta dress for the Globes had the same effect on people.  While she didn’t pull it off quite as well as Washington (honestly, only because she’s not preggers!) we like the look and hope crop tops become more of a red carpet thing.

 

We predict that the rest of this awards season will see more of the same: a return to classics, dresses that are subtley sexy, edgier choices that push the boundaries, and bold colors.

 

Street Style: Men’s Fashion Week

Men’s Fashion Week just wrapped up (only 3 more weeks ‘til NYFW!), and while we weren’t too concerned with catching the collections, we LOVED pouring over the street-style shots from before and after the shows.  Our favorite street style stars- Anna Dello Russo, Mira Duma, et al- all came out for the shows and were sporting some of Spring’s biggest looks.  Serious style inspiration, right this way —–>

 

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Prada SS14 on ADR

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More Prada SS14

We finally got to glimpse the newest Prada pieces out in the wild!  Of course street style goddess Anna Dello Russo was rocking one of Miuccia’s printed fur coats.  We love the look in a classic cotton overcoat, too- we can’t wait to see more of this collection mixed-and-matched by editors.

 

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This Fashion Week was all about the coat, since temperatures tended to dip below freezing.  We saw tons of neutral toppers with bright yellow accents.  This color combo is perfect for getting us through the rest of the a gloomy winter until spring comes around!

 

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We even got some fresh new ideas for transitional dressing!  Once it starts to warm up a little more, we’ll ditch our pants for cutoffs and thigh-high boots like this fashionista.   A coat tossed over our shoulders just-so will finish off the in-between-seasons outfit perfectly!

 

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When all else fails, mix neutrals.  Camel and gray are a fresh pair, and navy and gray are super on-trend when worn together.  A unique hat is a must-have, too!

 

 

Red Carpet Recap: Golden Globes 2014

While we didn’t get to watch the Golden Globes last night (it’s queued up on Hulu for us to watch tonight!), of course we’ve been pouring over the Instagrams, Tweets, and blog posts on the fashion of the Golden Globes 2014.  We were actually really impressed with this year’s attendees- there were so many stunning dresses that it was hard to pick favorites!

 

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Caitlin Fitzgerald

However, for us there was one clear winner in the “Best Dressed” category (although we had no idea who she was pre-Golden Globes): Caitlin Fitzgerald.  The Masters of Sex actress rocked a beyond-gorgeous retro frock from London designer Emilia Wickstead, and matched her straight-off-the-runway dress with coral and blue striped shoes from the same designer.  A coral clutch and simple earrings were the only accessories she needed; her eye-catching dress really spoke for itself.  We think Caitlin’s the red-carpet newbie to watch!

 

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Emma Watson in Dior

Emma Watson was a close second in her Dior gown/pantsuit, though.  We love seeing her take a red carpet risk, and it definitely paid off!  From the front, Emma’s coraly-red gown was simple and sophisticated; from the back, it revealed a sexy pair of skintight black pants underneath.  LOVE, love, love.

 

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Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o was another fresh face that gave veteran Globers a run for their money.  Her orange Ralph Lauren caped dress was absolutely stunning against her luminous skin!  Her minimalistic approach to awards show dressing felt new and exciting- we can’t wait to see what she wears next.

 

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Best Dressed

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More Best Dressed!

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Even More Best Dressed!

Other “Best Dressed” contenders included Diane Keaton in her classic tux, Drew Barrymore in a blooming Monique Lhuillier gown, Kerry Washington in custom Balenciaga (her bump is so cute!!), Oliva Wilde in Gucci, Emma Roberts in Lanvin, Kate Mara in J. Mendel, Cate Blanchett (duh) in Armani Prive, and Amy Poehler in her first look by Stella McCartney.

 

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Honorable Mentions

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Girls Honorable Mentions

Honorable mentions are in order, as well!  We applaud Rashida Jones for wearing our new favorite designer, Fausto Puglisi, but we wish we would’ve gone with a more vibrant color.  The off-white gown she chose just wasn’t as “look at me!” as we’d like, but she looked amazing nonetheless.  Zosia Mamet of Girls really stepped up her game last night- she’s landed herself on a lot of “Worst Dressed” lists over the years, but her black and white stunner from last night was positively perfect on her.  And we loved her haircut.  Girls creator Lena Dunham stepped it up too!  While her yellow Zac Posen wasn’t our favorite, it’s at least pretty flattering.  Baby steps.  Elisabeth Moss in J Mendel and Sandra Bullock in Prabal Gurung were also pretty great.

And now…our least favorite looks of the Golden Globes.

 

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Worst Dressed

We just couldn’t get behind Amy Adams’ Valentino dress.  It was just so simple; paired with her braided updo, the look fell flat.  Hayden Panetierre’s slicked-back hair and Tom Ford gown were too harsh for our taste- we’d like to see Hayden soften up a little bit!  And finally, Sarah Hyland’s milkmaid braids and natural makeup didn’t do it for us.  Her pink gown was fine (if a little bit boring), but she needed to amp it up!  Her team was clearly going for a “fresh faced” feel, but to us Sarah just looked washed out.

What do you think- do you agree with our picks?  Let us know who was your favorite in the comments!

 

New Year's Eve Outfit Inspiration

We would argue that New Year’s Eve is fashion’s biggest holiday.  Thanksgiving calls for something comfortable, Christmas calls for something family-appropriate, the 4th of July calls for specific colors…but New Year’s Eve is a fashionista’s chance to go all-out!  With this is mind, you’d have thought we had our outfits picked out weeks ago- but of course we don’t.  We do have tons of inspiration for the big night, though. Now we just have to figure out the specifics!

 

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Kate Moss is killing it in her sparkly dress and black and white fur coat.  Something like this would be classic but not too predictable for tonight!

 

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Sequin dress + leopard print coat would be fun too for a more in-your-face combo!  (And isn’t NYE all about being in-your-face?)

 

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A sequined dress might be too commonplace though, and that’s where our sequined pants come in!  With a tee and blazer, we’d end 2013 super comfy .

 

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On the other hand, we love a good jumpsuit, despite how hard they make it to use the bathroom.  Maybe not the most practical choice for a night of drinking, but how cool does Stella McCartney look in her gold one-piece??  We just might have to break out our vintage 70s version.

 

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On the other other hand, playing with texture is so much fun!  We are LOVING Atlantic-Pacific blogger Blaire Edie’s feathers-and-sweater mix; it look simultaneously comfortable and celebratory.  We’d even wear our sunglasses at night.

We’ll probably be picking out our outfit at the last minute.  What are you wearing??  Whatever you choose, have a safe & happy New Year’s Eve!