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Two Ways: Patent Bow Belt


Belt: Kate Spade Abstract Bow Belt ($96)

From Left, Coat: Vanessa Bruno Princess Coat ($430) Earrings: Cone Stone Studs ($48) Bag: Emma Book Clutch ($325) Tights: DKNY Super Opaque Tights ($15) Shoes: Calvin Klein Fayanna Pump ($87) Top: Rebecca Taylor Tweed Peplum ($350) Skirt: Telegraph Pencil Skirt ($138)

From Right, Bag: Magid Long Box Clutch ($74) Shoes: Peep Toe Satin Sandals ($60) Earrings: Ben Amun Deco Chandelier Earrings ($135) Bracelets: Carolee Pearl Bracelet ($65) and Eliot Canori Beacelet ($135) Dress: Arabelle Long Silk Chiffon Dress ($365)

For the Cocktail Party.  I paired the fitted, tweed peplum top with a slightly-longer pencil skirt for a sleek look.  This outfit is perfect for an office cocktail party or a dinner event.  

I would layer the bow belt over the naturally defined waist on the peplum blouse.  I like the mix of tweed, leather and wool, but if you’re searching for something simpler, a black peplum should do the trick.  Here is a sleeveless version and a long sleeve version, both under-$50.

The pale mauve earring with black details is the right mix of sweet and edgy.  The book clutch adds a bit of whimsy to the look.  Should you need a less-expensive option, this grey faux lizard clutch is the perfect choice for $39.  Add the black tights (or not, if you prefer) and a pair of suede pumps, and the look is complete.  

I added this very pretty berry-colored coat, but it’s a bit pricey (and nearly sold out!).  This Victoria’s Secret double breasted coat is a nice alternative for under-$200.

For the makeup, I would wear a berry-colored polish with black liquid liner and hint of lipcolor.  For the hair, I would wear it in a bouncy, teased ponytail with a covered elastic.

For a Formal Event.  With the Inaugural events less than a week away, I know some of you are still struggling to find gowns.  J.CREW is a great place to turn if need be, because they offer quick shipping and easy returns.  Looking for a similar look for less?  This dress from BCBG is $149.

I added the long clutch, because I prefer something more substantial.  But if you’d like something smaller, this clutch in a trapezoid shape is also lovely.

The jewelry is art deco inspired.  I layered a pearl bracelet and a crystal bracelet, as well as a chandelier earring.  Need a cheaper earring? This $33 pair are also nice.

For the hair, I would wear it up in either a classic French twist or a low, curly chignon.  For the makeup, I would paint a red nail (or black if you prefer), a red lip and a good coat of black kajal eyeliner.

For the Office.  Want to wear your bow belt to the office?  I see two ways to make that happen.  A trouser, a long sleeved peplum top and a pointed toe pump.  You can also pull in a slim skirt, a blouson top and a platform pump.  It would also be a great choice if you like to belt cardigans for a more defined waist.


    1 comment

  1. helixy says:

    Let me tell you how absolutely gorgeous the cut of this gown is… I purchased the wedding gown version for my upcoming wedding. I've tried it on a few times and have had to force myself to take it off because it is SO lovely.

    You won't go wrong in it, in any of the colors.

    January 15, 2013/Reply