Friday, December 17, 2010

for auld lang syne, my dear.

good news: school has stopped eating my life and soul for a short duration of time! bad news: i've been terribly uninspired for my blog.

perhaps this is due to the fact that during finals week, nobody really cares about their appearance -- even i resorted to wearing the same thing two days in a row -- so i've kept fashion on the back-burner for the past couple of weeks. but one thing that has been on my mind is this: new year's eve.

now, let me begin by saying that there is a 99% chance i will be spending this new year's eve at home with my mother and my sister and their friends, living vicariously through each of them and feeling like their merriment is mine too because i'm not one of the cool kids anymore..........

..... but that doesn't mean i can't get an appropriate PARTY DREESSSSS!

so to me, new year's eve always calls for something metallic and/or sparkly. is that cliché? absolutely. still, one of my favorite new year's eve outfits was the one i wore when i was about twelve and we went to red lobster; my look consisted of silver glitter nail polish to accompany my black and silver-striped polyester top. ironically, all subsequent outfits have been sub-par.

after meticulous searching, i've discovered some of the most spectacular, shiny, sequined creations out there at the moment:

"Iconic Heavy Beaded Dress" by Kate Moss for Topshop
here's one of my favorites -- one of the few that used beads instead of sequins. very art deco, very flapper, very short, but conservative enough to arrive looking classy -- not trashy.
the shoulder cut-outs read chic, not nightclub. while it's meant to hang, fit here is key: too long and you may look short, and if the bottom hem is too wide it will simply look too big.
j.crew always does sequins perfectly, especially with the dusted-sequin look. this is understated, yet sexy, and adds a little more to the basic LBD.
another j.crew masterpiece. unconventional in color and sleeve-length, this is still flashy enough to make you a stand-out at your NYE party. but fill up that piggy bank first -- this silk sequined number goes for a whopping $1,100...... er, maybe next year.
modcloth had some pretty extravagantly shiny dresses, but i chose this one for its versatility -- it could really act as a tunic for day, too -- and its affordable price tag at $70. but it's sold out, so keep an eye out!
ah, forever 21: my go-to store for a quick party fix. black sequins on a black flouncy dress are wonderfully alluring, and the silhouette is as girly as it gets. plus, it's only $24.80!
here's another great example of shine without sequins, since sequins can sometimes be unreliable if not constructed well. i love the asymmetry and combo of textures.
"Goddess" Dress by Free People
white dresses: are they risks? yes. but this one may just be worth it. it's got the whole grecian thing going on, but the bit of silver at the hips makes it party-ready.

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