One of my favorite styles for winter is shorter skirts and dresses with tights and booties. The look is crisp and polished, and the tights make it possible to venture into shorter (translation: fun and youthful) lengths without showing any skin.
The ideal footwear for this look is the Netta bootie by Kate Spade. Available at Nordstrom in both black and grey suede, it’s currently on sale for 40% off. The gold trim on the inside of the heel and the tiny gold-studded bow in the back allow it to be dressed up a bit more than a basic bootie. It’s a great choice for the holiday season!
Yes, I know I’m a woman of a certain age. Yes, I know there are rules that come into play for dressing age-appropriately. But on some days, I just don’t care. Those are the days when I make a purchase like the “Arrested” boot by Topshop.
Perfect for casual days kicking around town, they have the edge of the moto/combat look, yet they’re somewhat softened (okay…barely, imperceptibly, hardly-at-all softened) by the grey color. Tuck in a pair of faded jeans, toss on a slightly oversized sweater, and you’re done.
Alas, there’s no sign of my dress passion fading. Suffice it to say that last night I had a dream that the feds had accessed my financial records, and their conclusion was: “This woman spends too much money on too many dresses!” Given the fact that most of my purchases have been on (significant) sale, “too much money” isn’t exactly accurate. I will admit, however, that “too many dresses” is.
Setting all of that aside for the moment, this is my latest acquisition. It’s part of Nordstrom’s 40% off sale, which I find hard to resist. To be sure, it will show up at a party or dinner this holiday season.
It’s official. In spite of the fact that I’ve worn separates most of my adult life, I’m experiencing a fascination with dresses that both surprises and delights me. I’ve always shied away from them, convinced that it’s nearly impossible to get a single garment to fit well in all the right places. That may have been the case in the past, but the issue seems to have magically disappeared.
Case in point: this ponte fit-and-flare dress from Banana Republic. I simply added a wide black belt, subtly patterned black tights, and black suede booties for a look that can go from the office to dinner with ease.
This flared drop-waist dress, also from Banana, is another easy-to-wear choice. I team mine with a cropped cardigan, tights, and black suede pumps for a great fall look. And P.S. — it’s currently on sale.
And so the love affair with the designs of Catherine Malandrino continues.
Convinced that a woman can never have too many LBDs, I recently purchased this one on sale at Neiman Marcus. It’s the Aimee Crocodile-Jacquard dress, and the unique pattern sets it apart from all other little black dresses. Longer on me than on the model (so what else is new?), it looks great paired with black textured tights and sky-high pumps, and will be the perfect dress for holiday parties.
I have recently discovered the designs of Catherine Malandrino, and to say that I am smitten would be an understatement. Her pieces are distinctive and timeless…sophisticated and feminine. I am the proud owner of two Catherine Malandrino sweaters, and have recently managed to fall head over heels for this coat.
I can see it worn over anything: from dressy pants to skinny jeans…from a pencil skirt to a sheath. And as the weather gets cooler, I can almost feel the comfort of that spread collar snapped high around my neck.
In March, I posted about the Lisette L Pant-Alon—a great-fitting skinny that’s a fave of Oprah. With the fit of a legging but the look of a pant, they’re a great way for skinny-jeans fans to take the style up a notch for dressier days. I immediately bought them in black (surprise, surprise), and they’ve been my go-to choice ever since.
Fast forward to earlier this week, when I got a phone call from Bo Wolfson, owner of Maiden Lane in Nevada City, CA, telling me that the Lisette pant is now available in red. Be still, my heart.
While black and grey have long been my choice for bottoms, red is the only other color I’ll wear. Go figure. Red, in all its iterations, is hardly subtle, but this shade is a deep, rich cherry that doesn’t scream to draw attention. It teams beautifully with black, so I can wear these pants and stay in my comfort zone.
Available at Maiden Lane, 307 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA. Phone orders welcome: 530.265.9520.