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Guest Post: A Stylist’s Guide to Choosing the Right Little Black Dress

The little black dress first appeared in American Vogue in 1926. However, it was Audrey Hepburn who made it iconic when she wore an LBD in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. I guess we can thank Holly Golightly for turning the simple and sophisticated little black dress into a timeless classic.

Audrey Hepburn Little Black Dress

In the never ending battle between quantity and quality, fast fashion syndrome predominates our fashion experience. We are constantly bombarded by new trends of low priced clothes made of low quality materials. Because of the poor quality, consumers are bound to regularly buy new clothes. However, if you want to have a timeless LBD in your wardrobe, you need it to be timeless in the literal sense too. Opt for a high quality dress that you can wear for years to come.

If you’re about to spend money on the perfect LBD, here’s how to choose the right dress.

Body Type

The first thing you should take into consideration is your body shape. If you have a pear or apple shaped body, empire waist and A-line LBDs are ideal for you. Any kind of a belted dress or a dress that accentuates your waist is the right LBD for a rectangular figure. I think strapless LBDs are what women with an inverted triangle body shape need. Finally, you’re a lucky girl if you have an hourglass body shape as any kind of dress that accentuates your curves will suit you perfectly.

Fabric

The best fabrics for dresses are cotton voile, cotton lawn, rayon challis, double gauze, knit, silk, satin or wool. You have plenty of choices, but the trick is to find a fabric that suits both the season and the occasion. If you plan to wear a LBD during summer or spring, chiffon, satin or cotton are a good choices. On the other hand, choose wool, polyester or velvet during the colder months. For a formal occasion choose silk or satin which can be matched with various embellishments. For a semi-formal occasion, I think the best fabric is rayon challis or cotton. Choose cotton, wool, double gauze or knit for casual looks.

Occasion

Make sure that the shape of the dress suits the occasion. You could go for an elegant and sophisticated LBD for formal occasions and a more casual version for other events. However, I think that the best possible option is choosing a little black dress that can transition from formal to informal and back again. Simply change your make-up, accessories and shoes to best suit the occasion.

This guest post is by Peter Minkoff. Peter is a fashion stylist and a writer located in Brisbane, Australia. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Creative Design and has worked as a wardrobe assistant for many local fashion events. He plans to start a freelance styling business. Follow Peter on Twitter for more fab styling tips.

The Met Gala Shows us a New Era in Fashion

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The Met Gala is truly the ultimate night of fashion. It’s elegance, exclusivity and overall beauty are beyond compare. This year, however, the fashion (or should I say lack there of it) took the red carpet to a whole new level. While I absolutely loved  Amal Clooney‘s red gown and Sarah Jessica Parker‘s daring headdress, when it came to Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, and J.Lo’s nearly naked dresses, I couldn’t help but feel that I was looking at flesh not fashion. 

I’ve always seen the perfect red carpet look as a dress that compliments the woman wearing it. While we should admire the couture gown, what we should ultimately remember is the woman who wore it. In the case of these fabulous three women, I didn’t see or remember a dress, all I saw was the woman. While their amazing bodies absolutely deserve to be flaunted and shared with the world, I wondered why they chose to wear so little at an event celebrating fashion.

According to an article I read in The Cut, this minimal wardrobe choice is part of a new trend known as the “couture body.” While wearing an expensive designer gown is still a status symbol, the couture body takes it to the next level. With all of the expensive trainers, nutritionists, doctors and luck of the draw genetics that goes into achieving a red carpet-worthy body, it’s no wonder that we’ve moved into a post fashion era where figures are the new Fendi and curves are the new Chanel. In a world where a toned physique is often a sign of a luxurious lifestyle filled with gym memberships, organic foods and deep tissue massages, it seems like the hot bod has become the ultimate status symbol. While I’m uncertain as to if this is a passing trend or a new era in fashion, it might be time to start hitting the gym twice a day.

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Kipling Make Happy Launch with MisterWives

Kipling Make Happy

After declaring 2015 the year of happiness, Kipling celebrated with a party in New York City featuring pink champagne, flowers and a performance by MisterWives – the happiest band ever. Personally, anything that involves pink champagne makes me happy. So pink champagne garnished with pink rose petals made me even happier. Thank you Kipling for an amazing time!

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Ivy League

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In honor of the first semi-warm day of the year, I broke out my favorite Michael Kors skirt and Target button up and  paired them with a pair of black stockings and a fab pair of ankle boots. When I came across a few ivy covered houses in Midtown, I new it was the perfect place to photograph this dressy casual look.

Wondering about the puppy? His name is Bennett (@pombennett) and he belongs to my friend Alex (sheisred.com) who took these pictures after a delicious Sunday brunch.

New York City Fashion Blogger Cute Puppy

Fashion Blogger Cute Puppy

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Style Coalition Announces Nominees for the 6th Annual Fashion 2.0 Awards

Fashion20_Awards_invite_VIP_2015When it comes to fashion, there’s nothing more exciting than the latest innovation or more on trend than the ever evolving world of social media. This week Style Coalition will be hosting the 6th Annual Fashion 2.0 Awards honoring the best digital campaigns, platforms, social media strategies and innovations in the fashion industry. Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors lead with the most nominations, followed by DKNY and Rebecca Minkoff. This year the founders of BaubleBar are being honored with the annual Visionary Award, legendary designer Sam Edelman will be delivering the keynote and I’ll be there to see it all.

The 2015 Nominees Are:

Best Twitter:

Dior | DKNY | DVF | Marc Jacobs | Victoria’s Secret

Best Facebook:

Burberry | Coach | Converse | H&M | Michael Kors

Best Instagram:

ChanelChristian Louboutin | GAPMarc JacobsOpening Ceremony

Best Pinterest:

Free People | JCrew | Kate SpadeMichael KorsNordstrom

Best E-commerce:

ASOSFarfetch | Free PeopleNasty GalNET-A-PORTER

Best Online Campaign:

Aerie “Real” | DKNY “Cara4DKNY” | French Connection #CantHelpMySelfie | Marc Jacobs “Cast Me Marc” | Tiffany & Co. “Will You”

Best Online Video:

CHANEL – Gabrielle Chanel “Inside CHANEL” | Kate Spade – “Waiting Game” | Nicole Miller A/W 14 | rag & bone Men’s F/W 15 feat. Baryshnikov and Lil Buck | Under Armour “I Will What I Want”

Best Digital Philanthropy:

DressemberKate Spade “On Purpose” | Kenneth Cole “Look Good, For Good” | Michael Kors “WatchHungerStop” | Ralph Lauren “Pink Pony Fund”

Best Interactive Retail:

Bloomingdales Holiday | Burberry x PrintempsCalvin Klein x Macy’sNIKE FuelStation | Rebecca Minkoff

Best Wearable Tech:

Intel X Opening CeremonyMotorola Moto 360Rebecca Minkoff x Case-Mate | RinglyTory Burch for Fitbit

Best Startup:

Cosmic CartLe Tote | SpringTrue & CoTwice

Top Innovator:

DKNYKate SpadeMarc JacobsMichael KorsRebecca Minkoff

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