December 12th, 2020
Evening Wear

If I Could, I’d Go Strapless

I have no need for evening clothes this holiday season, but if I did, I’d take a page out of Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s style playbook and wear a black, strapless dress, cardigan over my shoulders, a massive cocktail ring, and Manolo mules.

Rick Owens dress, Re/Done cardigan, French Girl lip balm, Dolce & Gabbana dress, Manolo Blahnik mules, Totême dress, Anita Ko ring.

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What's New

SAINT LAURENT

Caged satin minaudière

TÔTEME

Wool-crepe strapless top

ISABEL MARANT

Vokayo high-rise straight-leg jeans

THE ROW

Garcon suede loafers

MIU MIU

Laser-engraved logo belt

ALAÏA

Belted leather biker jacket

Jil Sander

Gathered Knit Midi Dress

SAINT LAURENT

Cropped leather jacket

SOPHIE BUHAI

Triple Francois 18kt gold vermeil earrings

NILI LOTAN

Jimmy Leather Puffer Jacket

SAINT LAURENT

Le 57 quilted leather shoulder bag

DRIES VAN NOTEN

Belted wool blazer

SAINT LAURENT

Blade velvet slingback pumps

THE ROW

Silvia silk-twill scarf

SAINT LAURENT

Logo-embellished leather loafers

VALENTINO

Crocheted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt

  • I ‘ve been stalking a Givenchy one but don’t have anywhere to wear! Love your posts every morning.

    Amy HuntDecember 12th, 2020  7:52 AM

     
  • I have the ‘perfect’ Givenchy strapless crepe midi dress in my Net a Porter wishlist. It would be a year-round, wear-forever amazing investment piece. We will dress up again, right?

    GigiDecember 12th, 2020  9:41 AM

     
  • I agree about the dress. Those shoes!!!

    AprilDecember 12th, 2020  1:04 PM

     
  • I would never hesitate to buy a fabulous evening wear when it comes along! Fabulous evening wear is rare. Funny story: I once ordered two late day-evening dresses at a trunk show, which I had no immediate need for. Shortly after the showing, however, the company closed, before production. So I immediately called the owner of the shop and asked if she could obtain the samples for me – the exact dresses I had tried on – both of which fit perfectly. To this day they are my best cocktail dresses, and of course I have the pleasure of knowing I’ll never see them on anyone else. : )) I view evening wear as staples in the wardrobe (they certainly never wear out and can be pulled out for years to come.). I also rarely part with evening wear.
    Life is much more likely to get better when you have the dress ready and waiting in your closet. I vote buy it.

    PaulaDecember 13th, 2020  12:22 AM

     
  • I couldn’t agree more. When you need it, you have a devil of a time finding something and it’s rarely perfect.

    PrestonDecember 13th, 2020  5:00 AM

     
  • Preston, I hope you get the D&G dress – it’s so chic with the grey fabric shoe! I fear the exposed back zipper on the other one might look dated too soon. Have fun!

    PaulaDecember 13th, 2020  1:27 PM

     
  • 90s minimal forever and ever.

    SwanDecember 14th, 2020  12:14 AM

     
  • Preston, i bought the Toteme dress you pictured here. I was a bit concerned it would be too tent like. But it is perfection. Once again you made a fabulous pic. I plan to style it just as you suggest here.
    Thank you! Merry Christmas

    YasminDecember 16th, 2020  2:28 PM

     
  • Thank you for letting me know. That dress was my favorite of the 3 and actually inspired the post. I will let you know if it suits me.
    Merry Christmas to you, as well.
    Warmly,

    PrestonDecember 17th, 2020  5:04 AM

     

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