Kiki de Montparnasse top. Junya Watanabe pants. Coat from Farfetch. Paolo Shoes ankle boots. Weldef watch. Miu Miu sunglasses. Issey Miyake scarf. Judith Leiber clutch.
Vivetta dresses, tops, and cardigan. Brunello Cucinelli sweater. Junya Watanabe top. Valentino sweater. Oscar de la Renta blouse. Miu Miu top. Preen turtleneck. Erdem top. We Are Handsome top. Top from Moda Operandi. Eudon Choi top and sweatshirt. Ganni sweater. Elie Tahari top. Tommy Hilfiger blouse. Chicwish top. Dorothy Perkins top. Ringnor cardigan. Chicnova top. Ralph Lauren Collection jacket. Ralph Lauren Black Label cape. Emanuel Ungaro jacket. Yoins blazer. Stella McCartney top. Chesca cami.
When I think about what to wear in the evening, I think of a dress. But finding the right wow-factor dress always seems to be harder than you think. Unless you’re getting your dress custom-made (which I feel like only celebrities do), you’re going to have to select a dress that was made for the ideal type of a given size. You know, the person that is, say, size large on top, size large in the middle, and size large on the bottom. Most people aren’t like that – everyone’s body has its own quirky idiosyncrasies. Personally, I have very narrow hips, so I need a smaller size for bottoms than I do for tops. What ends up happening when I buy dresses is that they look big around the hips and thighs, especially after repeated wear. And then I started noticing Nicki Minaj’s style and saw that a matching top and skirt has the same overall look as a dress. Especially when so many club dresses have cutouts anyway!
Alice + Olivia, Alice + Olivia, Calvin Klein
Jeremy Scott, Jeremy Scott, Tom Ford
Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Brandon Maxwell
Plus I love matching. I love coordination. I love themes. I like a bold color and especially a bold print. The “effortless style” ethos never appealed to me. I believe that effort is a virtue. Let’s face it, outfits that are well-planned tend to look more visually striking, on average, than honestly effortless outfits. The way I see it, if you’re going to do a certain look, really do it. Don’t hold back. What’s better than cute? Cutecute ♥♥
Nicki Minaj, Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian, Cara Delevingne, Rihanna
Gigi Hadid, Katy Perry
Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani, Chanel Iman
I’m in good company, both on the Spring 2018 runway and with celebrities. The look of a matching top and skirt — the monochrome effect — is a tried-and-true strategy to fall back on. No matter the year or the season, designers and celebrities turn to it again and again. Our current fashion landscape is no exception.
That’s why I like Kissmiss. A site dedicated to sultry clubwear, they make sure to have a special place for bandage 2 piece top and skirt sets, of all colors and shapes, decadent to minimalist.
My favorite look from them is the Greta Wraparound Bodycon Dress Set. It’s $49, which would be quite affordable for a dress for going out…but remember, it’s actually even better than that. It’s two pieces for $24.50 each! That you can later pair with other things! That’s a pretty good deal.
This post is sponsored by Kissmiss Dress.
My fantasy is to travel the globe in search of new Alice + Olivia pieces. Here is how I would go about it…
START: ALICE + OLIVIA BOUTIQUE, NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Cherry pouf dress, $698
SCOOP, NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Lewis drop waist knit skirt, $220
SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Lang two-tone strapless cut-out waist jumpsuit, $440
NORDSTROM RACK, WESTBURY, NEW YORK
Dakota ankle strap flat, $120
MYTHERESA.COM ON THE PLANE
Verity fur jacket, $1,315
OXYGEN BOUTIQUE, LONDON, ENGLAND
Wynn sleeveless slim fitted dress, $525
SELFRIDGES, LONDON, ENGLAND
Floral ball gown skirt, $900
SMETS, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Sheer crochet top, $235
LA CASA MODA, SCHORNDORF, GERMANY
Breton sweater, $173
EXCELSIOR MILANO, MILAN, ITALY
Mandy dress, $352
SHOPBOP.COM ON THE PLANE
Vintage box leather car pouch, $225
LANE CRAWFORD, SHANGHAI, CHINA
Perna flower swing coat, $810
THECORNER.COM ON THE PLANE
Knee length skirt, $490
NORDSTROM, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
High waist wide leg pants, $365
DSW, NOVATO, CALIFORNIA
Dina floral pump, $290
CUSP NEIMAN MARCUS, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Eddie floral-print boot-cut pants, $298
BLEU, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Sarita sequin drop shoulder top, $385
ZAPPOS.COM ON THE PLANE
“Only you could know how perfect our trip is XOXO” Stella, $345
TOOTSIES, HOUSTON, TEXAS
Cady patterned shorts, $290
AND BACK HOME TO NEW YORK, WITH A BETTER WARDROBE TO SHOW FOR IT!
Athena Calderone graduated from Parsons, has done modeling and created a line of custom children’s products. She is now an interior designer and writer of the blog Eye-Swoon.
(Left) Suno dress
(Left) A.L.C. dress, Nicholas Kirkwood pumps
(Right) Reformation top, Peter Pilotto skirt
(Right) Topshop top, Helmut Lang pants, Alejandro Ingelmo shoes