Dresses

I’m usually not Nicole Richie‘s biggest fan in regards to her personal style, but on this occasion she looked lovely wearing a simple LBD by Helmut Lang which she paired with a matching black clutch and lustworthy leopard booties from her line, House of Harlow 1960. A great look for Nicole, it’s so refreshing to see her in nothing too boho!

Nicole Richie wearing a black Helmut Lang dress, House of Harlow 1960 Olivia black clutch and Natalia leopard booties

Our Rating: ★★★½☆

Who?Nicole Richie
Where?18th Annual QVC “FFANY Shoes On Sale”, New York
When?October 13, 2011
What?Helmut Lang Slack Jersey Dress

Helmut Lang Slack Jersey Dress

Helmut Lang Slack Jersey Dress in black

Helmut Lang Slack Jersey Dressls
($255, Neiman Marcus)

House of Harlow 1960 “Olivia” Croco Frame Clutch

House of Harlow 1960 "Olivia" Croco Frame Clutch in black

House of Harlow 1960 “Olivia” Croco Frame Clutchpjx
($154.99, The Trend Boutique)

House of Harlow 1960 “Natalia” Leopard Haircalf Platform Booties

House of Harlow 1960 Natalia Leopard Haircalf Platform Booties

House of Harlow 1960 “Natalia” Leopard Haircalf Platform Bootiescj
($295, Shopbop)

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This dress is why I love Stella McCartney because it totally screams my name. This burgundy fitted peplum dress is 100% and I’d so buy it if my budget would allow such a hefty purchase. Which it does not, unfortunately. Sad,sad me!

Stella McCartney Cotton-blend Peplum Dress in burgundy

Stella McCartney Cotton-blend Peplum Dressls
($965, NET-A-PORTER)

Closet Peplum Dress

The sadness doesn’t last too long though as there are great Stella McCartney look-a-likes by Closet available and just waiting to save my budget! I’m absolutely in love with the blue version of this dress and now I’m debating whether there’s enough room in my wardrobe for yet another blue dress (I have so many now that it’s getting slightly ridiculous!).

Closet Peplum Dress in brick and blue (Stella McCartney knockoff)

Closet Peplum Dress
(£45, Dorothy Perkins)

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It is finally October which means Fall has finally begun, the season of boots, coats, scarves, knitwear and more. But it’s only October, today happens also to be my 26th birthday (yay!), so this month’s Shopbop wish list might be a bit more special to me than the others one as it features some items I really, really wish for (but don’t have money for ;-)). It’s kind of really red-heavy this time which is weird because while I do like the color and own a lot of red stuff it’s unusual for me to pick so many red things, but the selection felt very natural to me, so I just let it happen somehow. Have fun & let me know what you think of my October picks.

My Shopbop Wish List for October 2011 (Happy Birthday Edition!)

Go Shopping:

  1. Torn by Ronny Kobo Tara Dresscj, $298
  2. House of Harlow 1960 Neena Velvet Platform Bootiescj, $295
  3. VIKTOR & ROLF Heavy Felt Trench Coatcj, $2.750
  4. Nixon The Spur Watchcj, $300
  5. Tibi Rococo Print Cap Sleeve Dresscj, $462
  6. VIKTOR & ROLF Split Shaft Platform Bootiescj, $990
  7. Siwy Rose Drainpipe Skinny Jeanscj, $165
  8. A.L.C. Rae Jumpsuitcj, $546
  9. Marc by Marc Jacobs Voyage Satchelcj, $488

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When I shop for dresses I often end up with a new sheath dress in my cart. I have so many pencil dresses now it’s almost ridiculous. But I just can’t help it; these type of dresses suit my body shape the best. Baggy dresses look absolutely horrible on me and babydoll dresses are just not my cup of tea. However it’s tough sometimes with so many sheath dresses in your wardrobe because a sheath looks always quite dressy and you can hardly go for a casual look if you put on a pencil dress. Not that I would mind too much though because I prefer to be over- than underdressed any time. Look at this stunningly beautiful sheath by Roland Mouret for example. It’s perfection! How am I supposed to ever stay away from these kinds of dresses? Simply impossible.

Roland Mouret Myrtha Folded Sheath Dress in black and white

Roland Mouret Myrtha Folded Sheath Dress
($1.995, Bergdorf Goodman)

P.S.: Also available in grey at NET-A-PORTERls.

Celebrities Love Roland Mouret

Kelly Rutherford and Kim Kardashian wearing a Roland Mouret Myrtha Folded Sheath Dress

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ASOS Ponti Pencil Dress With Pleat Neck

HOT DEAL: Use code “FALL2011” to save $30 on your $150+ order! Ends 10/09.

ASOS is my go-to dealer for affordable yet stylish sheath dresses. Just look at this one below! A perfect Roland Mouret look-a-like but with a much nicer price tag of under $80. Once again I couldn’t resist, people, so I recently bought this dress. And let me tell you: it’s AMAZING! I love, love, love it. It fits me like a glove and keeps my shopping budget sane. Available in black, blue and yellow.

ASOS Ponti Pencil Dress With Pleat Neck in black (Roland Mouret Myrtha knockoff)

ASOS Ponti Pencil Dress With Pleat Neckls
($78.57, ASOS)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on October 03, 2011. Scroll down to see the new add.

I love Black Halo dresses but who doesn’t? They are so elegant, so chic and timeless – great investment pieces! Unfortunately not everyone can invest $349 in a dress because they have silly stuff to pay like rent and food and mortgages. However, even at these prices Black Halo creations sell like hot cakes.

Black Halo keyhole ruffle sleeve sheath dress in blue and black

Black Halo Keyhole Ruffle Sleeve Sheath Dresspj
($349, The Trend Boutique)

Celebrities Love Black Halo

Black Halo has always been very popular among celebrities, but this ruffled pencil dress was a must-have. I seriously lost count on how many celebrities have already been spotted in this dress. Taraji P. Henson was the first to sport one in black, then came Debra Messing and from then on the rest followed.

Debra Messing, Lisa Rinna, Aubrey O'Day, Taraji P. Henson and Britney Spears wearing the same Black Halo ruffle sleeved pencil dress

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Hybrid Dress with Deep V Neck and Frill Sleeves

UPDATE (10/03/2011): Woohoo, look at these amazing Black Halo look-a-like dresses by Hybrid. You’ll get the same look for less than half the price. Love the rich plum version!

Hybrid Dress with Deep V Neck and Frill Sleeves in plum & copper (Black Halo knockoff)

Hybrid Dress with Deep V Neck and Frill Sleevesls
($148.41, ASOS)

ChicStar Ruffle Sleeves Cotton Pencil Dress

If you like Black Halo’s sheath dress, but can’t spend $300+ on a dress, try this knockoff version by ChicStar. It might not be as delicate as the original, but you can’t beat the price of $34.95 (1/10!). The Black Halo knockoff dress comes in either blue or black and would make a great wear-to-work dress, don’t you think?

ChicStar Ruffle Sleeves Cotton Pencil Dress (Black Halo knockoff dress)

ChicStar Ruffle Sleeves Cotton Pencil Dress
($34.95, ChicStar)

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