Mindy’s Ultimate Holiday Dress

Last night’s episode of The Mindy Project included the always enjoyable office holiday party. While the episode itself was hilarious, I was fairly preoccupied with the incredible dress Mindy wore for the occasion. The dress is a custom creation by her costume designer and perfectly captures sexy sophistication (take that Danny!) Firstly, I love that this dress isn’t black. It is so challenging to find great cocktail dresses in color, but the search certainly pays off. Secondly, I love the flattering neckline and subtle cut-out. The currently trending high necklines just don’t work for me and never feel as fancy and special. Finally, I love the combination of impeccable tailoring and the midi hemline. The fact that the dress is a custom creation definitely helps in the fit department, but I’m sure that this is also a thick, structured fabric to hug rather than cling.

After scouring the internet, I really can’t find a dress that perfectly hits all of these categories (not to mention the beautiful crystal detailing on Mindy’s piece!) However, I did find three that I would definitely sip champagne in for my next holiday party. I’m also crossing my fingers that her costume designer finds the time to create his own line…

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It’s incredibly difficult to find a dress this unique at a reasonable price point, however there are several great options to rent for a special occasion. This Cushnie Et Ochs dress has the same rich green color and subtle cut-outs on the shoulder.

Rich burgundy is another great holiday dress options, and this wallet friendly midi dress could easily be dressed up with some festive gems. The seaming detail also plays flattering tricks on the eyes.

Another rental option, this David Meister dress has a pretty textural detail on the bodice and that same gorgeous holiday hue.

Chic-spiration: Stripes on Stripes

Here’s a confession: I was never that into stripes. This seems completely off the wall with the crazed obsession with stripes these days, but I just never hopped on board. They always felt a little preppy or traditional. Plus my mom always said under no circumstances should you wear horizontal stripes across your derriere or it will look the size of a barn. That will pretty much kill any stripe affection.

Then I started to see the below. Not just plain striped tees, but stripes on steroids. Thick and thin stripes overlayed in one outfit, almost always a skirt and top, and I was on board. I had been looking for a great printed pencil skirt to wear with a slouchy tee à la the apparent French girl uniform, and this gave that skirt more options!

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Image 1, 2 (this kicked off the obsessions), 3, 4

I just so happened to find the perfect pencil skirt made of a very thick (ahem flattering) fabric at my go-to Joe Fresh. I’ve worn it once with a blouse, but had yet to find it’s perfect striped mate until I revisited early this week (it really is an issue that I live so close.) While I love the idea of a crop top, this combined with my fitted pencil skirt and love for large meals sounded like an issue. I’m going to hold on the crop top for a floral skirt in my closet, and test out one of the options below instead. I think I prefer the thin strap on the right, but maybe the large contrast of the stripe on the left, what are your thoughts?

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Stripe Silk Tank/ Stripe Cami/ Sunglasses/ Sandals/ Pencil Skirt





Chic-spiration: Pattern Layering in the Home

Mixing and combining patterns in an outfit has become so common that  it hardly turns heads when done well. Layering bold, complementary patterns in the home, particularly on a single piece of furniture, is less common,. Let alone, it is an intimidating project for the amateur designer. I tend to choose neutral colors for the large (i.e expensive) furniture pieces, and then layer colors with accessories, throws, pillows, etc.

However, recently I saw a two tone sofa on Design*Sponge that had me rethinking patterned furniture. The two fabrics complement each other as a graphic neutral, but create a major statement. The trend goes a bit further with these layered patterns from Oh Joy! which incorporate bold color and large scale pattern. The latter route would require more coordination in terms of a full scale makeover, but I would love to redo the center cushions of my couch in a gold ikat pattern, pulling out the gold threads of my vino red rug.  Now I just need the fabric, a hefty staple gun, and the DIY upholstery knowledge.

Would you layer patterns in your own home, or do you already choose bold hues in interior design?

Images via Polyvore and Oh Joy!

Chic-spiration: The Finishing Touches

I have a soft spot for statement accessories, be it over the top shoes, a knuckle crushing cocktail ring, or a royal worthy necklace collar. However, beyond the fun that is adding the finishing touches, accessories are regularly the transforming aspect of taking a ho hum outfit to noteworthy. (Today before leaving the house, while satisfied with my “outfit”, I changed my necklace, bracelet, and debated a brooch no less than three times!) Scrolling through this week’s street style shots the eye catching accessories are on full display including the newest trend of stacked skinny rings.  A cable knit sweater is much more eye catching when layered beneath a bib of colored stones, and among the fashion crowd bold pants with equally loud shoes are embraced. The week was a reminder that even under a warm winter coat, the magic is often in the details.

via style.com, the sartorialist and pinterest

Chic-spiration: Prabal Gurung

One of the tougher questions for me to answer (next to “where are you from?” but more on that later) is “please define your style.” It’s hard because, as a lover of style and clothes, I hate to narrow myself into a category of fashion perhaps limiting what I explore or am willing to try in the future. Rather than a clothing category, a better description is definitely the idea/attitude/confidence you aim to exude.

In this month’s InStyle, the dynamic designer Prabal Gurung is profiled. When asked about his dream customer he responded:

“A woman who wants to dress with a certain amount of drama, but in a breezy way–like Sarah Jessica Parker. She is happy whether she is in a structured Giambattista Valli suit or a wild Philip Treacy fascinator. She’s comfortable enough with herself to a make a mistake. You’ll never hit a home run if you are unwilling to strike out.”

Can you think of a better answer?! Relaxed glamour, comfortable boundary pushing– I think that is a perfect explanation.