Style Inspiration: What to Wear to An Album Release/Birthday Party

LaLa writes,  Hello! I’ve been invited to an album release/birthday party at an upscale lounge in NYC around the end of this month… I don’t have the slightest idea what to wear.. I’m 24, petite 130pds 5’1, and I’m always inspired by 50’s glamour (pencil skirts, high waist pants and such) Help!! Thanks and God Bless xxoo”

We are one in the same, girl! I am also 5’1 and petite. That being said, I wanted to keep your favorite silhouettes in mind, but also elevate them with a modern twist. Here, take a look:

The first look features a red flared dress with a mesh center panel from Topshop. At first glance it looks super conservative, but that mesh detail allows it to be sexy and work well for  drinks at the lounge.

The necklace and studs maintains the feminine vibe. Keep the rest of the look simple with a black clutch and Walter Steiger curved heel sandals. A smoky eye works beautifully with the look.

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, and in need of splashes of color, perhaps option 2 will work best for you. It includes yellow high-waist trousers by Stella McCartney (as you’ve expressed a weakness for), and a Helmut sheer black tank that allows the outfit to be a uptown/downtown hybrid.

The turquoise statement necklace is a head turner, especially when coupled with the Big Buddha colorblock clutch and B Brian Atwood sandals. The gold studs are simply for added effect, while the orange lip provides added pop for the look.

Finally, we have a minimalist cool getup. The Acne white skirt with a front zip and center slit  gives peek-a-boo sex appeal. The 3.1 Phillip Lim cerulean blue tank provides a stark contrast to the fresh white. Be sure to tuck the shirt in for a polished touch (as you know, the 50’s were all about being immaculately put together).

It’s hard to go wrong with these Mango black ankle strap sandals (I’m currently plotting on them as I type). The silver earrings and cuff help carry the minimal theme; while the neon clutch becomes a showstopper. Apply the NARS eyeshadow duo to bring drama to your eyes.


And there you have it, LaLa! Enjoy the party! I’ll be doing a little bit of the same this weekend in celebration of Jihan’s birthday. Cake cake cake cake!


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