This holiday season, instead of playing it safe with a basic LBD, try to be a little creative with color. Think outside the box. Stand out in a sea of black on the party circuit by mixing rich jewel toned fabrics with metallic add-ons. Pairing warm-hued separates is a great way to rework jackets, skirts, and blouses of seasons past. I bought this "gem" of a jacket for my mama around 2007 at Arden B. (what happened to that store!?) for about $100. I thought it would be cute with a black leather skirt or jeans. Years later, I saw this Moschino satin skirt at Bergdorf Goodman for 75% off, and though I wasn't too sure how I would wear it, I couldn't resist the deal. I never imagined I would be wearing this skirt and jacket together, but the color combo of these two pieces works well because they are both from the jewel tone family.
My best outfits are almost always made up of pieces purchased at entirely different times, from entirely different places, at entirely different price points, creating a look that is completely unique and much more interesting than one designer head-to-toe. When I'm trying to pinch pennies (more often, than not!), I go into my closet with fresh eyes and try to invent new looks with old pieces. It definitely takes a lot more effort than swiping the AMEX for a new LBD, but the end result is worth it. Not feeling inspired by your closet? Invite a pal over and have her help. Sometimes you need to see your clothes through someone else's eyes. She may just help you rediscover that silk blouse you scored years ago at a DVF sample sale that's been collecting dust at the back of your closet. She may even tell you to try it on with that camel leather Rag & Bone pencil skirt that you always wear with the same cashmere turtleneck. Add heels and jewels and voila!
Jacket: Arden B., Skirt: Moschino, Sandals: Walter Steiger, Clutch: Vintage, Bracelet and Earring: Erickson Beamon