Try harem pants for a new nighttime look.
After just one glance at the getup Margherita Missoni wore a few weeks ago for The Garden of Eden premiere in Rome, we knew we had our first tip! In the spirit of her stunning look, we suggest trying harem trousers as a fresh base for your evening ensembles! Fancy pants and slouchy slacks are always splendid nighttime options, but something about these unexpected Aladdinish trousers are particularly appealing. You might as well figure out how to wear them now, as they were featured heavily on the F/W 08 and S/S 09 runways and are definitely here to stay. Miss Missoni yielded simply sublime results in a Nina Ricci Satin Cropped Pants ($1575), Maison Martin Margiela jacket, Bottega Veneta bag, and Christian Louboutin Neurone Heels ($1345, 310.247.9300). Take a cue from the fashion house heir by sporting Express' Pleated Knit Crop Pants ($30) or Zimmermann's Emmeline Diamond Harem Trousers ($343) with Dolce Vita's Cher Cutout Bootie ($152) to your next event or party!
Mix a prim blouse with a sexy skirt.
One of our key recipes for producing original and stylish looks involves mixing together unexpected clothing combinations. Take this advice with a grain of salt; we're not suggesting you sport your body-conscious dress with a corduroy cape, but some less extreme pairings can work very well. For instance, observe how Olivia Palermo showed off her wardrobe blending abilities at the Art Rocks! Benefit in New York City last month. The Manhattan stylista offset her sexy American Apparel Shiny Late Night Skirt ($32) with a straitlaced top from Kmart (we're just as pleasantly surprised as you!), and completed the look with an All Saints jacket and Chanel bag. Try your own take on the look by combining Juicy Couture's Puff Sleeve Bow Blouse ($178) with American Apparel's Shiny High-Waist Skirt ($44).
Embellish outfits with military frogged pieces.
We pay an honorable WhoWhatWear salute to Erin Wasson, whose recent attire substantiates our third and final tip today! Wasson recently attended the launch of the Tattoo Heart Collection to Benefit UNICEF cocktail reception in New York City dressed in a charcoal gray vintage tee, Les Chiffoniers PVC Leggings, pair of vintage Balenciaga boots, and an Alexander McQueen Military Waistcoat ($6695, 323.782.4983). As usual, Wasson's entire ensemble is fantastic, but we can't help but fixate on her exceptional vest! By selecting the gold frogged piece, Wasson takes the current military trend to the next level and ends up with a fresh version of a familiar look. Add one of our favorite embellished pieces, like Gary Graham's Twill Military Jacket ($633) or Elizabeth & James' Cape Cadet Coat ($865) for a salute-worthy outfit.¬--Jessica Amento
Finally, we'd like to say congratulations to Katie McVeigh, the lucky winner of our Chanel Bag Giveaway, and thank you to everyone who entered! If you thought this prize sounded interesting, stay tuned for our next big contest!!
Photos of Erin Wasson and Margherita Missoni, Getty Images.