Sometimes I go 100% glam, girlie girl, ruffles and pearls. Sometimes I pair sequins with flat leather boots for a juxtaposition that turns a classic look into something completely new and fresh. Here are two classic party dresses styled in very different ways.
One redhead short of a Sanderson Sister.
This classic red velvet cocktail dress is available now at Express. Aren’t you glad that velvet is back with a vengeance? This is the quintessential Christmas party dress and I knew immediately that it would be worn with this full-length mink coat. The coat has a story of its own…
This was a wedding gift from my mother’s dear friend, Sam. It belonged to her mother, Marcia. Marcia’s husband purchased it for her on one of their trips to New York City during Christmas, over 50 years ago. They went to see Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas show and view the majestic Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. During the trip, he bought her this coat, and had her initials, MMMC embroidered on the lining. Marcia gave it to her daughter, Sam when she was in her early 30’s and Sam gave it to me when I was 30. I couldn’t be more honored to have it.
These strappy black leather heels never go out of style. I wore these to my wedding rehearsal dinner 3 years ago, but you can find them for sale here and here.
black bow bangle bracelet by Kate Spade NY (similar style here)| gold chain bracelet from Woo Skincare & Cosmetics (similar style here)
Mandy is wearing a gold sequin Ted Baker dress (similar dress available here), paired with opaque black tights, chunky low heel black booties, and an edgy Michael Kors jacket. Both dresses are classic in design but styled very differently. Take these tips and apply them to something you already have in your closet to make it feel new.
Makeup by Mandy Jane Stoykewich (above). Mandy is available for event hair & makeup services. She has been hair & makeup artist on weddings in the south for over 8 years, as well as part of the makeup team for major motion pictures such as the Hunger Games. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries.
Photography by KVC Photography