What to Wear for Any Occasion

What to Wear for Any Occasion

clinton kelly, fashion tips, tips and tricks, 4-2-12

Sometimes it’s hard to find the right outfit for a specific event.  Not to worry, Clinton Kelly is here to help!
 
Not only will your outfit be perfectly paired for the party, these looks will save you a bundle!
 
The Backyard BBQ Outfit: A Maxi Dress

The maxi dress is one of the hottest trends of the summer and it’s perfect for a backyard barbecue or casual event.
 
When picking out a dress avoid a billowy fabric that will give you a tent look.  Instead choose the right style for your body shape and height.  If you are petite, tailor the hem to just above your foot; if you are tall, then the dress can be a bit longer.  Look for an empire waist or an a-line cut because these designs can be slimming and choose a v-neck, which elongates the body.
 
Once you’ve got the dress picked out, accessorize with a belt or jacket to show off your waist.  Then add a pair of wedges if you’re petite or a pair of flats if you’re tall and you’re ready to head to the party.
 
Get the look:
 
Steal Look:
Gold Flats, Old Navy $14
Maxi Dress, Old Navy $15
Denim Jacket, H&M $30
Accessories, H&M $30
Bag, Daffy's $15
 
Splurge Look:
Marc Jacobs Denim Jacket $248
Joie Dress $348
Eileen Fischer Shoes $130
Marc Jacobs Bag $188
Accessories $298
 
The After Work Dinner: A Three Piece Ensemble
 
This look is perfect for a work luncheon or an after work dinner.  Instead of wearing a skirt try a pair of shorts.  When picking out the shorts avoid flimsy fabrics and linen because they wrinkle easily.  Instead opt for plain, full cut trousers that end just above the knee.  Pair it with polished patent leather pumps or wedges and you’re ready to go!
 
Get the look:
 
Steal Look:
MNGO Jacket, JC Penney $70
Old Navy Shorts $25
Old Navy Striped Shirt $15
Pumps, JC Penney $30
Belt, H&M $5.95
 
Splurge Look:
Armani Jacket $1275
Theory Shorts $150
Ralph Lauren Top $30
Coach Pumps $188
Rachel Zoe Bag $450
Accessories $240
 
The Easter Brunch/Passover Dinner: A White Dress
 
It’s always tough to pick out the perfect Easter outfit, but a simple white dress is just the thing.  Buy a lined dress with quality fabric so your dress isn’t see-through.  A defined dress with and embellished waist will enhance your curves.  Then pair it with neutral tones like beige, caramel, gray or metallic and keep your accessories all of the same color palette.
 
Get the look:
 
Steal Look:
Dress, JC Penney $40
Shoes, JC Penney $30
Bag, H&M $25
Accessories, H&M $15
 
Splurge Look:
Milly Dress $385
Sam Edelmen Shoes $150
Marc Jacobs Bag $248
Accessoires $158
 For more information on how to shop Splurge vs. Steal, check out Cheap Chic Shopping Tours

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