dressing up

Advice from the great Iris Apfel and how to wear it.

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I recently read an interview with Iris Apfel in Bazaar where she gives some lovely and wise advice about fashion, the art of style and getting older.  If you don’t know who she is she is a well-known fashion icon from New York who made career in interior design, partaking in such high-profile design restoration project as that of the White House for 9 different presidents including the Kennedys.

  1. Dress your age. “Seventy year olds don’t have eighteen year old bodies and eighteen year olds don’t have seventy year old bucks.” I’m going on Forty and admittedly don’t always “dress my age”, usually when I wear a mini skirt or shorts. But, my feeling is that I’ll only be able to pull them off a few more years before I cash the minis in for good. So… I’m rocking them while I can. That being said, I try to keep it classy. I love good button downs and blazers to dress things up and make an outfit more sophisticated.  Smythe jackets, like the one below, are so well-tailored and worth every penny. I love the puffy sleeves and sleek look of this one. It a nice change from your average black blazer.                                          Image result for Metallic Linen Puff Sleeve Blazer SMYTHE
  2. Dress things up with costume jewelry. “I think jewelry is the most transformative of accessories.” I love Forever 21 for inexpensive accessories that are on trend. I’ve done a lot of shopping there to grab jewels for photo shoots. I want something that’s current but don’t want to spend a ton knowing the item won’t be relevant in a few seasons. Like these tassel earrings. I love the tassle trend but this won’t last, these are great option to rock it and not break the bank.     Image result for Faux Gem Tassel Earrings
  3. Embrace getting older.  She says “Wrinkles are a badge of courage.” and quotes Chanel: “Nothing makes a woman look older than trying so desperately to look young.” I couldn’t agree more! But she also advises to take care of yourself so you look your best at any age. Here’s a great product from Keihls that I’ve been using recently to rejuvenate my skin at night. I tend to break out from heavy creams so a serum works well for me. Image result for Midnight Recovery Concentrate KIEHL'S SINCE 1851
  4. Dress up sometimes!! Give yourself a reason to dress up, whether it’s a date night or an event; make it a priority to have a reason to look your best. This jumpsuit from Boston Proper is a great reason to plan a night out…Image result for CAPE ONE-SHOULDER JUMPSUIT boston proper
  5. Be Yourself. “Learn to be yourself, to develop a sense of curiosity, and to not live vicariously through these characters you follow on social media that have absolutely no personality.” This is my favorite. Being a person who uses social media as a platform to promote my fashion and lifestyle business, it’s interesting to see those that are so popular on different social networks and why. The first that comes to mind is the everlasting Kardashians who have almost a billion followers combined. I’m not a big fan of them but I try to understand what makes them so likable and infectious to the masses. When I see their show I have to say that I kind of get it. You see their personalities come through in a very genuine way and that gets people interested. The point is, they are popular for being themselves so you need to develop your own personality, sense of style and beauty that is true to who you are. If you are copying someone else, and we see so many who try to look exactly like Kim or Kylie etc… it’s so obvious, disingenuous and why do we need a replica of Kim K. in this world!? What makes you different is your strength, so use it!! Image result for be yourself
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#NYE.

Time to find the perfect outfit to ring in 2018 and I’ve curated a nice selection for you. Everything from sequins to jeans is in this post. If you need some advice, tips on the perfect outfit this holiday season email me: hilary@welldressedboston.com.

Sequins is always a hit for NYE and I love the idea of a sequin-jumpsuit to do something a little different but still fun and whimsical.

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Coated high-waisted jeans. Honestly one of my favorite looks is jeans, heels and a cute top. And you can make it a little more dressy with a coated jean like this pair from Good American.

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Here’s a great option to go with those jeans.

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Obsessed with rose gold! This sequins body con dress is the perfect way to wear it.

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I am really enjoying the look of a pretty satin booty to as a opposed to the typical strappy sandal. If you follow me on Instagram (@welldressedboston) you’ll see that I sported this look to a holiday party about a week ago. Here is a cute option if you want to go that route:

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Hope this is helpful! Happy Holidays everyone!

xo,

Hilary

3 Dresses Perfect for the holidays…

I love that long, flowing patterned dresses are in style right now and they are just so perfect for the holidays. Here are a few of my favorites I’ve seen so far that will make you feel “oh so pretty” this season. Click on the image to view and purchase.

(Full disclosure:  by clicking on the links you are taken to my affiliate site where as if you purchase anything I get a small commission.)

  1. Add some vibrant color with this emerald green piece by H & M. The I love the feminine pattern and boots are a perfect match.

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2) The color and material of this maxi dress are just luscious and the sleeves add an element of surprise and sexiness. Shop it at Nordstrom.com.

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3) This one from Bloomingdales is by Rebecca Taylor. I love the ruffled turtleneck. Tough wearing short sleeves this time of year but if you pair it with one of those cozy, oversized sweaters and tall boots you’ll be cozy, chic and ready for the holidays.

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