Ah, the beginning of awards season. Shake off the seasonal affective disorder that winter brings and join in the fun of voting for best-dressed and yelling at the TV for the what-were-they-thinking’s. To start us off, we had the Critic’s Choice Awards. Now, while many stars looked very glamorous (Anne Hathaway is perfect), one in particular caught my eye.
Marion Cotillard in Zuhair Murad – a little bit different, a little bit grandma, a little bit girly, but completely chic. The black lace mixed with bright floral embellishments just drags me out of the winter blues and gives me hope for spring. Plus, it’s the perfect amount of peek-a-boo and sexy for winter that won’t leave you looking silly and freezing. The nude, classic accessories are the perfect ladylike touches to finish off this fabulous, whimsical look.
Now, to create this look without a celebrity budget is hard – it’s a unique dress that isn’t going to be produced for the millions, because it won’t sell to millions. So instead of looking for one dress that could come close to this (none can), I decided to pair separate lace and floral pieces together.
On the left: I paired a lace peplum top ($32, nelly.com) with a big, floral print skirt ($45, chicwish.com). I would suggest tucking in the shirt, because a peplum on top of everything else may be too much. To go with this more modern take of the look, I picked a modern take on the t-strap heel ($40, newlook.com) and a matching nude clutch with metallic embellishment ($40, mango.com).
Center: For a more classic approach, I paired a simple lace tee ($27, newlook.com) with a more somber and modest floral print skirt ($20, awear.com). As finishing touches, I picked a simple nude sandal ($33, Aldo) and a girly nude flower clutch ($30, DSW).
On the right: Finally, I created a more daring take on the look. I chose a lace skirt ($35, riverisland.com) instead of a lace top, and paired it with a sheer, black blouse with a floral print ($40, boohoo.com), with I would tuck into the skirt to create more of a silhouette. For the shoe, I chose a simple sandal with a neon strap ($27, Forever21) to give it a little pizzazz, and a simple clutch with a skull embellishment ($33, windsorstore.com) to complete the rock and roll feel.
Finish off any of these looks with simple makeup – mascara and a light or bright pink lip are all you need! Bring a little cheer to your winter this year and prepare for spring with happy florals mixed with dramatic lace – you’re sure to look fabulous!