Now that party season is on the horizon, there is plenty to think about—from which beauty look you should try first to which shoes go with which dress. Overwhelmed? We know how you feel, which is why we are happy to report that today’s Style Spy story is here to ease your mind. We have turned to four stylish stars—Hailee Steinfeld, Rachel Bilson, Sienna Miller, and Nicole Richie—for some fresh ideas on how to style your new party dress. So, click through to today’s story for all the need-to-know details on what they are wearing and how they wear it!
One quick way to spice up your party ensemble is by utilizing your accessories closet, as evidenced by Hailee Steinfeld, who paired a black and white Versace dress with bright yellow Jimmy Choo accessories for the Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party in September. On its own, her dress would certainly stand out, but by adding a hint of neon yellow, Hailee instantly brought life to her outfit and made sure she would turn heads. To try this look for yourself, pick up a dress like Elizabeth & James’ Vanessa Striped Dress ($232.50) and then pair it with Nada Sawaya’s Toy Pouch ($270) and Manolo Blahnik’s Patent Pumps ($595), or try Michael Kors’ Gia Clutch ($450) and DV By Dolce Vita’s Notty Heels ($79.95) for a pop of pink!
There is no better time of year than party season to play up your feminine side, which is why we love the ensemble Rachel Bilson put together for The CW’s launch party in September. By layering a cropped black blazer over her ruffled, blush-colored Erin Fetherston dress, Rachel offset the girly vibe of the dress without detracting from it. Her accessories—specifically a peacock-blue clutch and platform heels—are equally balanced. The result is a nice balance of flirty and fashion-forward. To make this look your own, pick up a dress like Tibi’s Ruffle Dress ($475) or Notte by Marchesa’s Ruffled Silk-Organza & Tulle Dress ($695). Then, simply add Zara’s Short Blazer ($79.90) and accessories like Diane von Furstenberg’s Jade/Ebony Clutch ($455) and Dolce Vita’s Vivo Slingback Pumps ($169.95).
Putting together a party ensemble can be as easy as 1-2-3! For proof, just look at the outfit Sienna Miller wore to the All Saints party in early October. Step 1: Sienna picked a dress that met two key criteria: bright color and bold detail. Step 2: Then, she added simple yet stylish accessories. Step 3: Sienna finished with a natural beauty look. See, in just three easy steps, you can create a party outfit that doesn’t just look effortlessly chic, but actually is. Start by picking up a dress like Matthew Williamson’s Paneled Mini Dress ($1,274) or Markus Lupfer’s Rosette-Embellished Wool-Crepe Dress ($830). Then, add Steve Madden’s Traisie Platform Pumps ($69.99), before completing your outfit with Diane von Furstenberg’s Lytton Cracked-Leather Box Clutch ($325). Voila!
The little black dress is a party season essential, which is why we love the outfit Nicole Richie put together for the QVC Red Carpet Style Party in February. Because Nicole’s dress has a simple yet flattering silhouette, there was room to play when it came to accessories and makeup. Her silver bangles have a boho vibe, while her beachy hair added a low-key yet luxe feel. The result is an outfit that stays true to Nicole’s cool Californian aesthetic. To create an equally effortless look, pick up a dress like Gomez Gracia’s Holey Scoop Neck Body-Conscious Dress ($143.76) or Guess’s Long-Sleeve Sienna Dress ($108) and then pair it with a pile of ASOS’s Ethnic Engraved Bangles ($43.13). Complete the look with KG’s Enautre Patent Platform Heels ($186.89).
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