Here is a look to inspire style ideas for New Year’s Eve and those lingering holiday parties. Long dresses are categorically overlooked because they’re deemed too fancy, formal, outdated. But a simple, modern floor length dress can suit almost any occasion and is particularly romantic at the holidays. Go ahead, sweep away the room’s attention! It doesn’t mean you’re high-maintenance. And on that point, I have a few short-cuts for cutting down your beauty prep time. This may seem counterintuitive, but try a bold lip. Below I’m wearing the lipliner I don’t leave home without, Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil in color “69” paired under my favorite red, Nar’s Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in color “dragon girl“. When you wear a bold lip, the rest of the face calls for very little else. On me: tinted moisturizer, a highlighter/bronzer duo, mascara and liquid liner. My makeup took me 10 minutes. My other tip? Treat yourself to an updo. Many salons and most drybars perform “express” styling these days. Call yours and ask. You arrive with dry hair (in my case, frizzy, air-dried Einstein hair) and the stylist styles it into a braid, bun, waves, etc, with no shampooing and no blowout. It costs less than a blow out and takes far less time. I stopped into Lincoln Park’s newly opened DreamDry to have my “express” updo put together. We decided on the “Bianca” from their style menu, with a few modifications. I loved how the braid gave a modern edge to the otherwise retro, back-teased bun. The hair took 30 minutes (and lasted 2 days!). So there you have it – glamour can be easy.
Stay tuned later this week for a New Year’s party dress roundup with short, long and jumpsuit options!
Happy Christmas week all!
Banana Republic Draped Wool Coat, $275 (currently in stores, not online. Similar here and here); Maje Sheer Overlay Dress (previous season; similar here, here and here); Topshop T-Strap Pumps, $48
Photos taken by the talented Jennifer Claire! Check out her site.