La Belle Vie: Winter Carnival Ball fashion
It's finally here, the weekend you've all been waiting for — Winter Carnival! This is my first year here at Dartmouth, so I have no idea what to expect.
Undoubtedly, the snow sculpture contest, the polar bear swim and the human dog sled race will be exciting events, but the one I am most eagerly anticipating is Friday night's Winter Carnival Ball.
This is an opportunity to channel your inner Chace Crawford or Serena van der Woodsen, so don't let it pass you by. You've still got time to order something spectacular from the Internet and, luckily for you, I've done all the legwork so you don't have to. Don't worry, you can thank me later.
I seriously hope that you all will consider stepping away from the Little Black Dress on this occasion. I know it's the safe option, but there are so many stunningly vibrant hues around at the moment that wearing black just feels like a bit of a waste. If you absolutely must, take a leaf out of Emma Stone's book and play around with fabrics and texture to make it more interesting — feathers, lace, leather, embroidery, embellishments. The more the better. I'm loving the combination of intricate open weaving and feathers on this Sass & Bide mini (http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/177518) and the fun and flirtatious vibe of this 1920s-inspired Oscar de la Renta dress (http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/167946)
If you're not intending to re-mortgage your parents' house to pay for your outfit, it's worth checking out www.asos.com, who will also deliver in two business days for the flat rate of $12. Works for me.
It's certainly pretty chilly out, so a good cover-up is essential. Thisfeather jacketcaptures the spirit of the occasion (I like it in lilac), as does this faux fur jacket fromHelene Berman(and luckily it's on sale!). If you like to keep things sharp, I'd recommend this beautiful blazer in rose cloudwith contrasting lapels.
Gentlemen, I have not forgotten you. Your first port of call ought to be Thomas Pink. Remember that name — it could be very useful to you in the future. They make possibly the best shirts in the world at a not-totally prohibitive price level. Once you own one you'll wonder why you ever bought shirts from anywhere else. I like the double-cuffedKeaton Twill in pink, which would go perfectly with a grey or navy-blue blazer, or even under a dinner jacket. Accessorize with these understatedTiffany's cufflinks.
If you have money to burn but are short on time and imagination, net-a-porter's dedicated menswear site, www.mrporter.com, puts together outfits for you so you can buy the entire thing in one go. Handy.
The more confident among you might want to go for Dolce & Gabbana's luxuriousvelvet jacket, which would look fabulous paired with a bowtie or a cravat. Cigar optional.
The most important thing is just to enjoy it — after all, it happens but once a year. I can't wait to see you all there.