New Year's Eve 2011: Pleated Maxi Skirt


Skirt: Pleated Maxi ($62)

From Left, Necklace: Linked Square Ornament Necklace ($93) Bag: Kate Spade Confectionary Clutch ($225) Shoe: Marc Jacobs Love Flat ($273) Sweater: Tippi Sweater ($73)

From Right, Earrings: Andara Dangle Earrings ($65) Bag: Metallic Jacquard Clutch ($31) Shoe: Kate Spade Mode Pewter ($149) Top: Velutina Top ($137)

Bold is Best.  One of my good friends loves dresses, but hates showing her legs.  This pleated maxi skirt is the perfect solution.  Pair it with a ladylike, emerald sweater for a bold color combination that is sure to turn heads. 

Here, I added an emerald statement necklace for extra oomph.  I also chose a stone-encrusted Kate Spade clutch to raise a notch above a basic gold bag.    If you need earrings, I’d do a simple diamond (or rhinestone) stud in a gold setting.  And to maintain the ladylike elements, I decided on a flat over a heel.

This look is colorful, feminine and ultra-comfortable.  Dance the night away in these flats and flirty skirt. 

For the hair, I would do a carefully constructed wave or a wavy do pinned into a low updo.  Makeup should be kept simple with a sheer berry lip and a lightly shimmered eye and light eyeliner.  I’d also paint my fingernails with a coat of pale pink, like Essie Ballet Slipper.  When you have this much color happening, it’s best to keep the makeup basic.

Glitz n’ Glam. Lord knows, I love sequins, metallics and shimmer.  I’m incurable.  And New Year’s Eve is the one night per year when I can go all out and no one will care. 

This outfit pairs a shimmery, silver sequin top with the colorful skirt for a fun, feisty look.  To balance the shimmer in the blouse, I chose pewter metallic accessories.  They keep up with the shiny look, but don’t overpower the sequin top.  And when you have this much shimmer, a simple stone earring in a deep purple is all you really need.

For the hair, I would do a tightly combed high bun for added drama.  I’d keep the makeup shimmery but simple with a sheer berry lip and a hint of Laura Mercier Orchid Mosaic Bloc to brighten your cheeks.  I’d also keep the eye makeup to a simple wash and eyeliner with loads of mascara.