New Year’s Eve Dressing, J. Crew Style

New Year’s Eve is the time to flaunt your chicest and sparkliest outfits to ring in the New Year. Unlike Christmas, where tradition takes center stage, NYE is all about change and redefining your sense of style, so feel free to try out new looks! I quite like J. Crew’s take on NYE dressing, shown above. (Disclaimer: I have a growing addiction to J. Crew which may or may not lead to bias toward my favorite retail store.)

And what better way to relax and enjoy the New Year, late into the morning of January 1st? Stay comfy in a cool, laid-back chic look instead of fidgeting with a cocktail dress all night. Of course, you’ll still want a little sparkle — go for a blazer (like above), a gemstone necklace, or even a sequined skirt (paired with your favorite tights and leather boots).

So take a cue from J. Crew this New Year’s Eve and break free from the expected cocktail dress. (The exception to this is, of course, a dressier event, where it would be somewhat rude to show up in corduroy pants.) Above are a few pieces I like for NYE…see if you can guess how many are from J. Crew!

Shopping List:

  1. J. Crew Matchstick Jean, $98.
  2. BCBGeneration “Melo”, $149.
  3. ASOS Premium Silk Velvet Blazer, $103.
  4. J. Crew Vintage Matchstick Cord, $40.
  5. Ann Taylor LOFT Button Down Blouse, $20 (using code SALE50).
  6. ASOS Black Pearl Shoulder Waterfall Blazer, $95.
  7. Enzo Angiolini “Subra”, $110.
  8. Forever 21 Faceted Bead Ring, $4.
  9. J. Crew Deco Clasp Mesh Bracelet, $58.
  10. Kookai All Over Sequin Jacket, $66.
  11. J. Crew Paillette Mirage Tweed Mini, $150.
  12. Lipsy Pearl Detail Hair Band, $17.
  13. J. Crew Knotted Twist Necklace, $98.
  14. J. Crew Linley Chino, $40.

Happy New Year’s!

{Source: Images via jcrew.com, asos.com, piperlime.com, anntaylorloft.com, and forever21.com}

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Style Guide | Equestrian

There is something so wonderfully basic about a good riding-inspired ensemble. Classic, preppy and perfectly polished with lots of leather, slim pants, and chic structured blazers: the equestrian look is a uniform as well as a fashion statement. It’s refreshing to be able to take on such a classic set of style laws, while still being able to break a few rules of your own, of course. What’s not to love?

In this style guide: You’ll find essentials for creating the classic equestrian look, as well as options for making the trend your very own and corresponding shopping lists with plenty of items at a variety of price points. You’ll also find the “extras,” cute riding-inspired goodies that are optional, but never hurt to throw on if you’re feeling up to the challenge.

Essential #1: Riding Boots

Good leather riding boots (whether authentic or not) are imperative for pulling the equestrian look together — without them, you might as well forget channelling the equestrian style altogether. While a great pair of leather boots can truly be an investment, there are less expensive options out there (both real and faux leather) to help you complete your look. Just make sure your boots are a classic shape and color and have a taller shaft (but not over-the-knee).

  1. Bandolino, $90-$130.
  2. Clarks, $130.
  3. Chooka, $90.
  4. Frye, $348.
  5. Lauren by Ralph Lauren, $135.

Essential #2: The Structured Blazer

A blazer, like good boots, is one of the most critical parts to the equestrian style. While navy (with gold buttons!) is the classic color for this look, feel free to experiment with different styles, like gray tweed with elbow patches, velvet, or even a more relaxed blazer in a striped pattern. The possibilities for chic blazers are endless, although there are some tried-and-true classics that provide the perfect base for mastering the look.

  1. J. Crew, $188.
  2. Urban Outfitters, $48.
  3. Ralph Lauren Rugby, $200.
  4. Anthropologie, $98.
  5. J. Crew, $198.
  6. BDG, $78.

Essential #3: Riding Pants

Riding pants — perhaps the comfiest pants you will ever own that are still, well, pants — can be worn regardless of whether or not you intend to emulate the equestrian look. (Read: important investment for your wardrobe.) Look for them in a classic tan or olive color, or go black for an ultra-slimming and streamlined silhouette. You don’t even need all-out stretchy pants — there are versions of fitted cargos that can work just as well for this look.

  1. Milly, $188.
  2. J. Crew, $88.
  3. Gap, $60.
  4. Lauren by Ralph Lauren, $63.
  5. Daughters of the Liberation, $88.
  6. Joe’s, $158.
  7. Free People, $88.
  8. J. Crew, $75.

Essential #4: The Collared Shirt

No riding-inspired ensemble is complete without a crisp, collared shirt. For a more classic and polished look, opt for a freshly pressed version in a structured cut in white or light blue. For a more relaxed spin on the equestrian trend, try out stripes and plaids, fun colors, and looser fits.

  1. J. Crew, $70.
  2. Burberry Brit, $95.
  3. Ralph Lauren Rugby, $25.
  4. Vineyard Vines, $88.
  5. J. Crew, $70.
  6. Tory Burch, $95.

Extras!

Complete your equestrian look, or simply just add a little riding twist to a regular outfit, with these inspired extras. Be on the lookout especially for classic leather gloves and belts.

  1. J. Crew Camp Socks, $12.
  2. Ralph Lauren Rugby Plaid Tote, $110.
  3. Vineyard Vines Skinny Belt, $38.
  4. J. Crew Cashmere-lined Leather Gloves, $70-$98.
  5. Urban Outfitters Bow Tie Necklace, $28.
  6. J. Crew Classic Leather Belt, $32.
  7. Jill Stuart Plaid Belted Coat, $134.
  8. UGG Australia Equestrian Leather Hobo, $298.
  9. Ralph Lauren Rugby Gloves, $30.
  10. Anthropologie Bangle, $38.
  11. Vineyard Vines Hooded Toggle Sweater, $165.

Hope you’re feeling inspired to try out the equestrian trend! Let me know what you think of this style guide.

{Sources: Images via piperlime.com, jcrew.com, urbanoutfitters.com, rugby.com, anthropologie.com, gap.com, bloomingdales.com, freepeople.com, vineyardvines.com. All equestrian photography by me – please ask before using.}

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