Lindsay's Responsible Guide to Dressing for the Occasion

It seems like the fashion rules for life’s varied occasions are more confusing than figuring out your European shoe size! Lindsay untangles the mystery with some solid advice to take on any outing.

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Bloguration - Fashion Edition

Forget politics.  It’s time to discuss the only truly important thing about the weekend of January 20th - the clothes!  Whatever your political stance, you have to admit that the Trump women looked pretty dang good that weekend!  Now, it’s not that I’m envious or anything, but Melania and Ivanka both wore dresses that I would cheerfully exchange body parts for.   Both of them obviously know their style and their bodies perfectly and choose clothes that flatter and fit flawlessly (how’s that for alliteration!)  and are chic, timeless and classic.  The next time I’m invited to a ball, or an inauguration (I know, I couldn’t believe I wasn’t invited either!)  I’ll be sitting with Melania and Ivanka because they’ll make me look good!!!!!

The Inaugural Balls were THE place for the First Lady and the First Daughter to shine. 


Melania wore an ivory column gown by Herve Pierre, who used to design for Carolina Herrera and in this instance, was co-designing with Mrs. Trump herself.  I guess former supermodels learn more than how to walk and wear designer!  Anyway, that ivory gown was to die for!  Of course it was perfectly fitted, of course it was a perfect color.  It was also simple, elegant and cooly feminine.  (Am I gushing?  Sorry, can’t help myself!) 


Ivanka, on the other hand, looked like every little girl’s image of a princess in a champagne and crystal ball gown by Carolina Herrera.  They were both the perfect foils to the menfolk who wore classic black tuxedos. 


In contrast, the inauguration itself saw a different spin on fashion, when both Trump ladies wore monochrome outfits - Melania in a perfect ice blue Ralph Lauren dress, bolero jacket, gloves and pumps and Ivanka in a white Oscar de la Renta pantsuit. 


That may have been the only fashion miss of the weekend - I didn’t like Ivanka’s long coat.  It buttoned under the bust and, I thought, pulled when she moved.  Anybody else think so?   But, as far as Melania’s“Jackie Kennedy-esque”  outfit, this is the quintessential argument of style over trend.   Jackie Kennedy wore monochromatic coat/dress combos 50 YEARS AGO!!!!  And we’re still talking about them!!!!!  Obviously Mrs. Trump is not jumping on a trend here! 


And speaking of style over trend, could anything have been more stylish than Mrs. Trump’s Reem Acra gown from the Candlelight Dinner?  Will a perfectly cut, form-fitting dress in a neutral metallic fabric ever NOT be in style?  Put a perfect body in it and you’ve got a look that transcends trend and yet never goes out of fashion.

So, did I have a point to all this raving?  Yup.  It’s simple.  “Trend” is today but “style” is forever!

Showering Anytime Soon?

I just threw a bridal shower at my house, along with my co-hosts, Lue and Karen.  We had such a blast and the bride was so pleased that I thought I would tell you about it-just IN CASE you were planning on throwing one or attending one!


We stuck to the bride's color scheme of red, black and white with red roses and candles, white baby's breath and candles and black ribbon, napkins and candles.  (Anybody getting the idea that I love candles?)  Sticking with the bride's wedding colors takes a huge burden off of how to decorate and allows you to get a little funky, like adding sprigs of rosemary to be the greenery in the flower arrangements ( wow, did that smell good!) and twining red, white and black ribbons around the candles, along with pearls and more rosemary.  We even dressed in red and black!  (And, ladies, if you're going to or giving a shower, DON'T wear your gorgeous two hour heels without having a stand-by pair to slide into when you hurt!)  


We spent a lot of time discussing the wedding ( duh! ) and particularly what the mothers would wear.  I reminded them to bring pashminas or boleros in case of over-air conditioning and to have spare shoes along for dancing.  We also put together a kit of essentials for the big day-pads to remove deodorant stains, dental floss and mouthwash, hairpins and needle and thread, touch up makeup and, most importantly, WATERPROOF MASCARA!!!!!   


By the time our guests left, I had given some advice on what guests should wear, like doing their own riff on the bride's colors by wearing pink to complement the red or grey or silver to sparkle against the black.  

Personally, I'm wearing a light grey dress and a headpiece from TS Tiaras because, as Coco Chanel would have said, "in order to stand out in a crowd, one must always be different"!