I'm addressing a personal challenge today. My dad is getting married, and I need a dress for his black tie nuptials. Tricky thing: this is not an event for showing skin. Not too low, not too short, nothing white or close to white. Sounds easy, but you'd be surprised how few designers are deviating from the mini trend! Most long options are either a. too Vegas, b. too embellished or c. too old...

Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti Sequin Halter Dress at The Outnet (on sale for $220.50)

Robert Rodriguez Black Label Charlize Silk Chiffon Gown at Saks (on sale for $358.14)

Amsale Off-Shoulder Strap Crinkled Chiffon Gown at Saks (on sale for $133.19)

BCBGMAXAZRIA Jersey Sweetheart-Neckline Gown at Saks ($340)

Marc Bouwer GlamIt! Black Ombre Chiffon Beaded Halter Gown at Bluefly ($475)

Thread Social Asymmetrical Long Dress at shopbop ($608)

Nicole Miller Crepe du Chine Dress at Nicole Miller ($420)

Nicole Miller Silver Lame Organza Dress at Nicole Miller (on sale for $267.50)

Just Cavalli Dress at Zappos Couture ($613.60)

David Meister Draped Gown at Neiman Marcus ($490)

Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti Pleated Crepe Gown at net-a-porter (on sale for $298.50)

Just Female Stripe Bubble Skirt Dress at Asos ($144.48)

Heidi Merrick Godard Bardot Stripe Cotton Tunic in Black/White at Revolve Clothing ($418)

A.L.C. Diagonal Zipper Dress at shopbop ($277)

Laeken Stockholm Tank in Stripey at Revolve Clothing ($149)

BCBGMAXAZRIA Striped Cowl Neck Knit Dress at Bloomingdales ($238)

MARC by Marc Jacobs Gabrielle Striped Dress at Bergdorf Goodman ($298)

Missoni Gradient Striped Scarf at Bergdorf Goodman (on sale for $177)

Free People Stripe Dust Sweater at shopbop ($118)

Diane von Furstenberg Safina Dress at shopbop ($365)

New Year's Eve is around the corner and there is no better time of year to break out your sequins and lace. Here are a few party dresses worthy of closing out a decade...

Alice + Olivia Multi-Panel Strapless Dress at net-a-porter (on sale for $346.50)

camilla and marc Elodie Tulle Frill Dress in Rose at Revolve Clothing ($550)

camilla and marc Tali Double Dupion Strapless Dress in Black at Revolve Clothing (on sale for $385)

Thread Social Asymmetrical Dress with Bow at shopbop ($508)

Jill Stuart Leavenworth Dress at shopbop ($548)

Milly Bridget Dress at shopbop ($394)
(Great for east-coasters braving the winter weather - you'll thank me for the long sleeve option)

Alice + Olivia Wrapped Goddess Dress at shopbop ($264)

Foley + Corinna Strapless Zigzag Dress at shopbop ($253)

ABS Sequined Shift Dress at Saks ($360)

Madison Marcus Flash One Shoulder Dress at shopbop ($328)

Mark + James by Badgley Mischka Sequined Halter Cocktail Mini Dress at Saks ($485)

Here's a cool link to check out in light of my most recent post - thanks J!

The Art of the Trench: artofthetrench.com

Thank you, Christine, for the latest request! She asks:
"I'm looking for fashion ideas from Reese and Gwyneth. Going for a modern classic look, what designers and stores should I be looking to for inspiration?"

Well - "modern classic" sings J. Crew and Banana Republic (which, unlike previous years, is putting out some really great stuff) - also brands like 3.1 Phillip Lim, Loeffler Randall, Cardigan by Lynne Hiriak and Vince. I highly recommend Dish in Hayes Valley (San Francisco) for some great pieces.

If you're going for Reese's look, you're already 90% there - in fact, I bet you already own a lot of the things in her closet. She's a always chic, but simple and comfortable with lots of layers. Think cardigan/blazer+dress+belt+shades. I threw together a few shots of her here courtesy of Google Image. (just click on the picture to zoom)

Gwyneth's style is a bit more structured and tailored. Think beautiful wool coats, lots of cream, taupe and black, straight leg pants, heels... A few brands that come to mind: rag & bone, Rachel Roy, Preen (see previous post, Designer Spotlight: Preen) and Ever.

Try to copy a few of these pictures and I bet you can without buying a thing. When you do hit the stores, maybe ask yourself "Can I imagine Reese/Gwyn wearing this?" and "If I do see her wearing this in a magazine, would I notice and wish I had my own?" In other words, WWRD/WWGD.

Here are a few Gwyn/Reese-friendly options. Gold aviators not optional.

Dolce & Gabbana Gold Aviators at Sunglass Hut ($260)

camilla and marc Charity Pleated Dress in Creme at Revolve Clothing ($490)

Treesje Stone Shine Leather 'Cypress' Medium Shoulder Bag at Bluefly ($334.05 with 15% today!)

Rag & Bone Contour Dress at shopbop (on sale for $297.50)

Ever Dakhla Blazer at shopbop ($275)

Ever Marsa Kimono Dress at shopbop ($308)

Marc by Marc Jacobs Felted Wool Long Military Coat at Bloomingdales ($568)

Nanette Lepore Brat Pack Coat at Bergdorf Goodman (on sale for $259)

Banana Republic must have done some smart user research, because they're going techno. Pretty soon this chain will have fitting room checkout (clothes wrapped and card swiped while you're putting your clothes back on) and inventory tracking so when things sell out, you can have it shipped to you immediately, for free. Now why didn't I think of that?

Every pair in this line is about 5 x the price of the most expensive shoes in my closet, but I have to hand it to this designer. Every style is exquisite and unlike anything I've ever seen...

Omelle Estella Apron Pumps with Sock at shopbop (on sale for $661.50)

Omelle Fleur Platform Pumps with Felt Apron at shopbop (on sale for $521.50)

Omelle Fiori Suede Sling Back Booties at shopbop (on sale for $521.50)

Omelle Elaine Knit Choked Pumps at shopbop (on sale for $486.50)

Chilly weather is no excuse to stay in on a Saturday night. That said, it puts a damper on your wardrobe. Here are a few options for hitting the town on a cold winter night.
CHEAT SHEET: (things that are cute and also warm)
* Tall boots (see These Boots Were Made For Walking)
* Sweater and jackets you don't take off - especially leather which is toasty (see $6,000? It Not Even Leatha)
* Long sleeves and layering (Love a silky short sleeve number you already own? Throw a long sleeve tee underneath in black or white)

Vamp Over the Knee Boots at Free People ($129)

LNA Long Sleeve Crew Tee
at shopbop ($66)
(Perfect for layering)

Robert Rodriguez Ruffle Back Cardigan at FunkyLaLa ($587.10)

Alice + Olivia Asymmetrical Knit Vest
at shopbop ($298)
(Paired with a long sleeved tee and skinny jeans)

Floral Swirl Scarf by Yarnz
at shopbop ($165)
(To top it off, 100% cashmere...)

Tsumori Chisato Sleeve Detail Sweater in Black at Forward ($837 - pricey, but quite a unique find)

Shipley & Halmos Heizer Blazer in Geezer Black at Forward ($535)
(Any boyfriend blazer will do - throw this over an "out" top and you're good to go)

Tweedy Cashmere Jumper by Autumn Cashmere
at Neiman Marcus ($260)