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Engagement Party Dresses

Most wedding and party planners agree an engagement party is neither a mini-wedding nor a dress rehearsal for the big day. While it should be festive and fun, it should not compete with the main event to come. That doesn’t mean you can’t match your celebrations in style. For example, if you’re having a traditional wedding, it makes sense to plan a less formal but still classy and elegant engagement party.

Dressing for an engagement party is easy as long as you do a bit of research before the event. If it’s your engagement party, you get to set the rules and wear whatever you would like, but if you’re attending a friend or family member’s party, it’s important to dress appropriately for the event. If you know the couple well, you’ll probably have a good handle on what they’re expecting, but there are a few clues as to what appropriate attire will be.
If the engagement party is at a bar or casual restaurant, the couple is likely hoping for a relaxed celebration. If the party is at a posh venue, your attire should be more formal. Engagement parties at a couple’s apartment may be a bit more like a party depending on how they typically entertain, whereas if it’s at a parent’s home, it may be more of a formal gathering.

Once you have a clear idea on the venue, and dress code, it’s time to fine the perfect engagement party dress!! Be aware that this look should be a rehearsal of what you’re going to wear for the big day….don’t give too much away, keep it simple but stylish and make sure you dress to fit and accentuate your figure and body shape.
Pales and pastels are the norm for engagement party dresses, but stay away from white, that’s the brides colour palate. Keep on trend with bold, regal colours such as purples, blues and reds. Keep your dress simple and compatible with your body shape and add killer heels and statement jewellery to include touch glamour.

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Trend Report: Colored Leather

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Trend Report: Colored Leather

Ralph Lauren Collection / Ann Demeulemeester / Acne leather jacket / Carven leather jacket, $690 / Theory jacket / Theory jacket / Current/Elliott leather jacket, $1,190 / RED Valentino leather jacket, $1,200 / Theory jacket / Bandolera leather jacket

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Luxe, glam, high-end looks are a big trend right now. You’ll see baroque patterned dresses, gold jeans, skirts embellished with crystals and pearls; it’s all about the fancy. Take that to your jeans with Siwy Denim’s ‘Hannah Slim Crop’ jeans in gold leaves. These jeans are cropped at the ankle and meant to highlight the shoe you’re wearing, and stand out with a dark rinse denim background covered in golden flower patterns. We love the cut of these jeans, and they work well for both petite and tall women. #lucky #trends

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Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow line is enormously successful and with good reason; the accessories are thoughtful and personal, and her Winter Kate clothing line is the epitome of upscale bohemian chic. We love her chiffon maxi dresses, but we were pleasantly surprised to find this ‘Fringe Pullover Sweater‘ in a beautiful cobalt blue. It’s quite unusual and we’ve never really seen a sweater like it. Pair it with black silk tapered pants or colored skinny denim, or even a pleated maxi. #lucky #outfitideas #trends

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Playing with bold colors and patterns is really a fun trend this season. If you’re looking to mix both, Alice & Trixie is a great place to shop. They have lots of fun dresses and tops that fit the bill for this trend and are full of fantastic silhouettes. We fell in love with the ‘Jessie Top‘ immediately because of its flowery, fan-shaped, scalloped pattern and bright blue and pink hues. It has a lovely, low cut tulip back and an elasticized hem, which makes it look more like a blouse than a boxy top. It’s on sale right now for $130, so scoop it up while it’s still in stock! #lucky #outfitideas #trends

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How to wear it…

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Dolce & Gabbana embellished top, $6,075 / Marni cape coat, $1,145 / M Missoni a line skirt / Matthew Williamson butterfly handbag / Tom Binns / B.F.T. by Barefoot Tess ‘Elizabeth’ Wedge (Coral)

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Hop on the black and white trend, the pattern trend, and the maxi dress trend all at once with this gorgeous confection from Mara Hoffman, available at Free People. The ‘Beaded Silk Chiffon Gown‘ has black bead embellishment around the front and waist and along the hem and an intricate cutout back. Made entirely of silk chiffon, this is one of the chicest dresses you’ll ever own and it can be dressed up or down depending on what shoes and jewelry you pair it with. Definitely get this dress. #lucky #trends

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A great, easy-fitting printed dress is a must-have for every woman’s wardrobe. It’s the perfect thing to put on when you’re tired and you don’t feel like fussing with a lot of components. Or for when you’re bloated and you need something with a little more coverage. A dress you can just throw on, add some tights if it’s chilly, pair it with some comfy flats and walk out the door. The ‘Adelaide‘ floral-printed dress from Guess fits the bill perfectly. The print is a combination of floral and tie-dye, and it has that awesome, loose yet fitted silhouette that is so comfortable and stylish. Essentially, it’s a dressed up shirtdress with sheer sleeves and a button-down front. We’d wear this to work everyday if we could. #lucky #trends #outfitideas

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We love Narciso Rodriguez. He’s one of our top 10 favorite fashion designers. We love him for his clean, sophisticated lines and his emphatic minimalism. We also love him for his impeccable understanding of a chic women and how she wants to dress. Unfortunately, his clothing is extremely expensive. That’s why we’re so excited about his capsule collection, “Narciso Rodriguez for DesigNation” at Kohl’s. There’s a huge selection of amazing pieces and the prices are ridiculous. We found this gorgeous colorblock top for $21.60. Made of crepe and a poly/spandex blend, it has a crewneck, short sleeves, and a back button keyhole accent. This is minimalist colorblocking at its finest. Plus, it fits perfectly into the bold colors trend. #lucky #trends #outfitsideas

 

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True Religion has always been one of our go-to denim destinations, especially when the boot cut was the only style of jeans anyone would wear (1998?). Lately, they’ve been turning out some really interesting skinny styles, and we’re kind of obsessed with how almost, well, “out there” they are. They have a collection called “Glam Rock” and it’s just so nuts that it actually works. Take these ‘Purple Iridescent Halle Jeans‘ for example. They’re totally crazy. A super skinny legging jean coated with a purple, metallic, iridescent finish? Come on. They feature a high rise and of course their signature (and might we add very flattering) horse shoe logo back pockets (True Religion jeans make your butt look incredible. It’s all about those pockets. Anyway, these jeans are totally crazy, but they work for spring 2013 and we want them. First of all, spring 2013 is already totally insane. Patterns and prints are getting mixed all over the place, sequins and lace are getting thrown on all dresses, and monochromatic suits are a trend for God’s sake, so really, anything goes. We’d pair these with a chunky white fisherman sweater or a black silk tee and a graphic printed blazer. #lucky #trends

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