As I mentioned last Wednesday, during the Holiday season I very rarely show up in a dress. I am a firm believer of the fact that there are many other ways to ‘dress up’ other than in an actual dress. Because there’s suits, there’s uber chic tops, there’s velvet and there’s silk.
So when online chique fabrique The Dreslyn (remember, from this awesome editorial?) came up to me and asked if I wanted to style a few Holiday looks in Anything But The Dress, I knew I would be a great fit for the job.
No sooner said than done…
The first look is based on my natural love for suiting. Where I usually go for an easy black, this time I opted for a wintery white. You know, to blend in with the snow that is never going to happen in LA.
Next up, a chic and probably the most comfortable way to get through any Christmas dinner; a tule top and boyfriend denim. If the boyfriend jeans are big enough, no one will even notice you’re wearing sneakers instead of pumps (plus, it ables you to eat all 12 courses).
The third ensemble consists of a silk drapy top and velvet pants. A leather jacket thrown on top to take it from being too polished et voilà, you are good to go just about anywhere.
The end result of this behind the scenes action of Anything But The Dress can be found right this way…
!Plus, a selection of my favorite items for the Holidays can be found in the New Arrivals section. All the items in the edit (including markdowns) are 20% off with discount code ‘afterDRK’ (not case sensitive). Valid until December 20th.
This post was created in collaboration with The Dreslyn.
Aargh, Christmas gifts. It is always hard to get that perfect gift (especially for men), so here’s a quick Christmas gift guide if you haven’t done any Holiday damage to your wallet just yet.
FOR HER (or you)
In And Out Of Fashion, Viviane Sassen
For anyone that love fashion or photography (or both), this book is a dream. The Amsterdam photographer has worked for names such as Miu Miu, Stella McCartney, Purple and Fantastic Man to name a few, and this book consists of nearly all her fashion series.
Comme des Garçons Sports Socks
Sports Socks are back in fashion and not only for the gym. Plus, this is probably the only affordable Comme des Garçons piece out there. (And on SALE now too.)
Sarah Chloe Engraved Initial Necklace
The 8 ball necklace by Swedish designer Efva Attling I am wearing every single day, is probably the one thing that receives the most compliments. This initial necklace by Sarah Chloe is a great (and more affordable) alternative.
Smythson Runway Notebook
Because before you know it is February and time for a Fashion Week marathon again. This notebook is the perfect accessory to be carrying around New York, London, Milan and Paris.
Asos Pearl Earrings
To replace the Dior on her wishlist.
Le Labo Fleur D’Oranger
Or any other scent by Le Labo really.
Stella McCartney Knickers Of The Week Set
Who wouldn’t want the most luxurious version of a knickers set imaginable? A pretty addition to any girls lingerie drawer…
Acne Studios Pascal Sunglasses
A pair of white sunglasses is the most chic of them all, especially in winter. These pearly white round frames are just so very necessary.
Is there anyone in the world that would not appreciate a glass jar filled with yumminess? Probably not. One can never do wrong with a scented candle. And these are for forever, since the empty jar can be used as an awesome make-up brush holder.
Bowers & Wilkins Headphones
The noise-cancelling kind. Headphones are always a good idea, right?
Izola Cocktail Shaker
This cocktail shaker is for any cocktail drinker (you) or spirit enthusiast (you). So that your man can make you one every night (uhh, Friday).
D R Harris Windsor Shaving Bowl and Soap
This shaving bowl/soap just smells so crazy good. With this, shaving is the new grooming instead of the other way around.
A.P.C. Tan Leather Card Holder
Most men I know don’t do wallets, they do pockets. The fit everything in there and that’s that. (One of the perks of being with a man like that is that I always find money when I do his laundry.) The one thing that he does use is a card holder.
You could even get it monogrammed.
Smythson Leather Notebook
Smythson is the go-to brand when it comes to the most fancy notebooks in town. Hey, guys keep notebooks to jot down their ideas too!
The ideal gift for a guy that appreciates the details. This Miansai woven-cord and metal wrap bracelet is the perfect little something to a simple white shirt + dark jeans look and still – not completely unimportant – manly enough.
J.Crew Marled Socks
The kind that you could steal from him. The kind that makes a great peek-a-boo when worn with a pair of black leather ankle boots and rolled up dark navy jeans.
The Mr Porter Paperback, The Mannual For a Stylish Life: Volume One
This paperback was compiled by Mr Porter editor-in-chief Jeremy Langmead and functions as a mannual (as the title predicts) that offers pretty much everything from fashion to the best way to dance at a wedding. And there’s a Volume Two now too.
Excuse the radio silence today, as I was playing dress up in this Holiday top – and more non-dress related Holiday picks -for a project that will go live on Friday.
You see, I am not really a ‘dressy’ kind of person and I rarely do dresses or skirts for that matter (if I do, they always have this mannish feel to them, like a shirt dress for instance). Dresses just make me feel uncomfortable and I feel way sexier in something with a bit of a boyish touch.
Now this top is pretty much the epitome of femininity, but dressed down with a pair of boyfriend jeans (a wardrobe staple lately) it becomes instantly ‘me’.
I can’t wait to show you the rest!
For two or even three weeks in a row, I have been throwing this beanie in my digital shopping cart. Every single morning I would check if it was still available, add it to my cart and then leave it there until it automatically got put back in the digital shopping racks.
When it comes to shopping, doubt is my middle name. And even though that comes in quite handy when one wants to prevent themselves from buying bad bargains, I keep missing out on stuff too.
So when I saw this wool/cashmere gorgeousness live on Abbot Kinney the other day, I decided to not overthink the irresistible beanie any longer and go for it.
Now I know I shouldn’t be buying headgear when I originally included shoes in my 5 Piece French Wardrobe wishlist, but I kind of gave up on finding the shoes. Plus, they won’t be warm enough for the Amsterdam weather I am diving into in January anyway.
So, an update on the 5 Piece French Wardrobe list:
1. The perfect leather jacket.
We all know I got this one covered!
2. Black d’Orsay flats from Jenni Kayne Beanie from 6397
Usually accessories don’t count, but since this beanie came with quite the hefty price tag, it does.
3. Black top from Acne
Yeah, I didn’t need another black top in my wardrobe. I am not really sure how to justify this one, I guess I just really (really!) liked it.
4. A cozy knit
I am yet to find the perfect one.
5. A free spot!
Still got one free spot left to fill.
So far, pretty good… (Even though I secretly also bought a bra, but that really doesn’t count, does it?)
Though the Downtown area of LA is hands down my very favorite, street wise my heart belongs on Abbot Kinney.
Maybe it is because it reminds me a little bit of home. You see, the only thing I kind of miss while I am here is being able to walk and get lost.
The reason why I haven’t been shopping that much – other than the 5 piece French wardrobe thing – is that it is just too weird for me to drive from store to store. Abbot Kinney in Venice is the only street filled with tiny little boutiques that offer an afternoon of browsing without having to hop in and out of a car.
It kind of reminds me of the Nine Streets in Amsterdam, same vibe (better shops though!)…
Also, this padded number kept me warm on one of the very few cloudy (and even a bit rainy) days in California. When I get back home in January this will be a great great layering option for underneath all my knee length winter coats.