The Stylish Five: Day-Ready Dresses @Forever21 ($25 & Under)!


Spring is all about sandals, skirts, & dresses! I love this season’s dresses @Forever 21, not just for their very affordable price, but the styles as well!  I picked these five for a long-awaited post in The Stylish Five b/c I think they speak to so many different styles, considering the LBD, something animal print, the always lovely polka dots, a sweet floral, or an edgy tribal pattern.

I picked the silky self-tie back dress ($12.00) which is currently on sale & would look perfectly polished with some canvas wedges for day.  Also marked down is the leopard print dress ($16.99) & if paired with red ballet flats & a denim jacket, you’ll be ready for brunch with the girls or a day of shopping.  The sleeveless polka dot dress ($19.80) is just the thing for my plus-size Style Darlings, especially with a metallic belt & a pastel cardigan.  The summer floral dress ($15.96) is a classic & flirty option with bright accessories in yellow or coral.  Lastly, the Sunday brunch dress ($22.80) is a figure-flattering choice, available in 1X & 2X.

For more on the best dresses for spring, check out some previous posts including a new arrival @Old Navy, more bright shift dresses from Forever21, Rachel Zoe’s pre-fall collection @Neiman Marcus! Happy Styling!

Red Carpet Review: Jennifer Aniston’s Little Black Dress Looks!


Jennifer Aniston is America’s Sweetheart- without a doubt. She’s filling the style ranks as a modern-day Audrey Hepburn (in her own way- of course nothing can truly compare to Miss Audrey)!  Jennifer is all about being comfortable & sexy, always complimenting her very fit figure, however she never looks overdone or as though someone else dressed her.  She makes the little black dress her own in every way possible, adding black tights for the cooler months, sticking to ultra strappy sandals, & always showing off some serious toe cleavage.  I watched a recent episode of Fashion Police on E! & Jennifer was being criticized for wearing yet another LBD to an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, but I think it suits her, especially looking so ridiculously effortless & hot in them.  She really puts twenty-somethings who don’t own their sense of style to shame.

These seven images capture Jennifer at various events over the last few years,  but most recently while she’s promoting her endless slew of rom-coms & other films.  Starting from left to right, here we go: First the former Friends star dons a flirty shoulder-embellished Nina Ricci frock for the February premiere of Just Go With It in Berlin.  Next she wears a structured black 3/4 sleeve dress with black tights again for another winter appearance, but this time at The Early Show.  Both of these looks are super easy to pull off & it really seems like she’s wearing the same shoes & tights.  Here’s a tip straight from the actress herself, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

The third image is from a 2004 luncheon in Los Angeles & she’s wearing a ruffled Moschino wrap dress & super skinny stapped sandals.  This is very figure-flattering & the thin straps on the heels don’t cover up her feet, thus helping elongate her legline.  At a 2006 event, she chose a metallic Calvin Klein dress with a little fringe detail at the bottom & plenty of decolletage to go around.  However it does look like she’s just thrown on yet another easy LBD & looks super comfortable in it, continuing with her skinny strappy sandal rule.

While promoting The Switch last summer, Jennifer went with a dolman style mini dress, layered necklaces, & peep toe pumps. This style of dress is very easy to wear, especially if there are parts that you wanna cover up, but really, do you think she’s got anything to hide?  At the Madrid premiere of The Bounty Hunter, she returned back to black metallics in strapless Valentino number & seriously bondage-looking heels.  The frilly look of the mini dress vs. the edge of the shoes is a surprising combination on her, but it totally works!

At the recent premiere of Horrible Bosses in Los Angeles, she chose a Balenciaga mini dress with her signature style of sandals by Versace & accessorized with Fred Leighton jewelry & a clutch by Salvatore Ferragamo.  Lastly, the alleged crime of LBDs (only b/c Joan Rivers is so sick of talking about it- I personally think it’s adorable), Jennifer returned to Nina Ricci in this feminine, floral LBD & cute accented peep toe pumps.  For the afternoon appearance at The Daily Show, she looks polished, professional, & like a lady, saving the sexy side for night.

Here we have some great little black dress suggestions, available at New York & Company, Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret, Lulu’s, Forever 21, Avenue, EDressMe, & Express!  Happy Styling!

Luxury Look-Alikes For Less: A Calvin Klein Little Black Dress!


When in doubt, you always have a little black dress for any cocktail occasion.  Audrey Hepburn solidified the classic black dress with Breakfast at Tiffany’s & since then, designers have created little black dresses in every which way.  While this spring is all about the LWD (little white dress), I came across this Calvin Klein design (left) with some special pearl beadwork, sold at Bluefly.  It’s simple & elegant, perfect for an after work affair with a stack of bangles & metallic heels, however the $80+ pricetage may set you back.  The dress on the right is a Studio 1 design.  I bet you’re thinking, who is Studio 1?  Well, it’s a designer of women’s clothing sold at KMart.  Before you judge or skip reading the rest of this blog, keep in mind that it is a look-alike item for a fraction of the cost, at $12.59, on sale now marked down from $59.99.  You’re not very likely to come across a price like that for a Calvin Klein dress.  You can even get some sexy lace tights & strappy heels from Payless & not even come close to the $80 of the first dress. For some LBD advice, take a look at In Style‘s  Find Your Little Black Dress Style, as well as Elle‘s profile on Jennifer Aniston’s LBD choices! Some of my favorite LDB looks include Victoria BeckhamZoe Saldana, Demi Moore, Scarlett Johansson, & Heidi Klum.  Happy Styling!!

9/27/2010 Darling Of The Day: Steal Kate Winslet’s Gucci LBD & Nude Louboutin Style!


There’s nothing sexier than a little black dress & Kate Winslet proves that you don’t have to be a size zero or an 18-year-old to look hot in one.  The Oscar-winner is donning a single-sleeve Gucci mini dress & classic Louboutin heels in nude, which elongate her curvy legline, making her look uber-tall.  With the touch of simple dangly earrings & a thin bracelet, both from Tiffany & Co., she’s wowed us yet again with her effortless elegance! Of course, a simple black clutch makes her evening out at the opening of the Mario Testino exhibit in Madrid all the more glamorous!

Dress (Forever 21), Shoes (ALDO), Clutch (Windsor Store), Earrings (Forever 21), & Bracelet (Windsor Store).

How do you like to style an LBD? Do you wear nude shoes for a sexy night out? Where do you love to shop for your evening accessories? For more on celebrity style, check out this link to Polyvore. Happy Styling!