Whether you're the type of person who carries your life with you everywhere or you're a minimalist, you've gotta admit that a night out is much more fun when you've only got a small bag instead of a shoulder pain-inducing handbag that knocks everyone in your way. As it's New Year's Eve we thought it was a good time to revisit party bag essentials — click through to see the only things you need to bring (aside from super essentials such as your phone, keys, ID and money), from fold-up flats to lipstick with an in-built mirror, and have a fantastic time tonight whatever you're doing!
Celebrities have a million excuses to dress up — another premiere, another red carpet, another dinner, or award show — so who better to cull a little party-dressing inspiration from? We've had our eye on this pack of glamazons, like Olivia Palermo, Brooklyn Decker and Ashley Madewke, making the rounds in sparkly cocktail dresses, peplum-trimmed sheaths, and even a jumpsuit or two (more on that inside!) as they've hit their respective events. Now, we're giving you a month-long recap on their gorgeous ensembles to repurpose for your most eventful time of the year. Hoping to nail down your look for New Year's Eve? Or seeking out the perfect little party dress for your best friend's fete? Click on for 31 days of holiday-party material, all courtesy of some very fabulously, festively attired celebs. — Additional reporting by Brittney Stephens
There are only three sleeps until New Year’s Eve! Whatever your plans may be for ringing in 2013 — a low key house party, a fancy soiree, camping out all day for a great fireworks-viewing spot — we’ve got a selection of recent celebrity looks to draw inspiration from for the big day and night. From Lara Bingle’s luminous glow to Diane Kruger’s top knot to Cara Delevingne’s sexy, brown smoky eye, click through for their beauty up close, as well as some product recommendations so you can get the look at home.
I’ve had a year-long love affair with bright lipstick but for 2013 I’m looking to switch beauty gears and return the focus to my eyes. As a result I’ve had to go back to basics with looks such as the smouldering and sexy black smoky eye, which I’m trying to perfect in time for New Year’s Eve. The funny thing, though, is that its appeal isn’t in its perfectness but in its slightly unkempt appearance. I’ve been practising a few smoky eyes at night with different products to see what goes the distance so I don’t look too dishevelled when the clock strikes midnight. Click through to see my ultimate combo.
The northern hemisphere might be knee-deep in snow right now, but it's not reason we can't put this sartorial styling guide on ice for a few months. We may not feel like wearing the cosy knits and clever layering from J.Crew's holiday look book right now, but there are some take-home tips that we can put into practise now, and later. Whether you use the festive red on white on camel colour combo for a chic Christmas day look, or want to save that nifty shirt-under-sequin-sweater idea for the cooler months, we think there's plenty of value in flicking through the US chain's latest offering, seasonality be-damned.
With the end of the year comes the silly season, and with the silly season comes a slew of social invitations. Fun! Not so fun is figuring out what to wear. The Spice Girls reunited yesterday for the premiere of the Viva Forever! musical, and we couldn't help but notice that although the girls looked lovely, they looked like were going to five different events. Avoid any inappropriate-outfit moments by knowing your dress codes, and sticking to them! Here's our silly season styling rules:
- Find out the dress code. If it's not stated on the invitation, put a call/email/text/carrier pigeon message out to the host to inquire.
The surprising thing about 's Jason Wu look at the LA screening of On the Road wasn't that it was lacy, sheer, and nude-paneled (because we know she loves a great play on all three), but that she gave new styling life to an ultra-feminine, high-waisted short. We love the idea of opting for this masculine-meets-girlie piece over a festive miniskirt, especially when it comes time to get dressed for the silly season ahead. It's an easy (read: comfortable) outfit choice, and it provides considerable texture and dynamic in one fell swoop. But, unlike Kristen, you don't have to follow suit on the matching separates. In fact, implementing a more casual silky blouse with a great statement necklace could be just as impressive, if not more of a styling statement, than going the two-piece-set route. We've got to admit, though, her Barbara Buiheels are the perfect go-between for the girl who doesn't want to part with her flats but needs a footwear punch-up . . . someone kind of like Kristen. The only thing we're going to emphatically suggest here is this: switch it up with shorts (the party-ready kind seen here) for an unexpected fashion twist. Now, all you have to do is shop our favourite pairs below.
We hate to say, but we knew it! After some super-sleuth work late on a Friday afternoon, the Sugar crew concluded that Topshop's mystery new face must be Kate Bosworth. Why so sure? Well eagle-eyes Bella spotted her engagement ring in the first clip that was released (press pause around the eight second mark on the second teaser clip). Then we remembered her telling us during her stay in Sydney that she'd recently scored a slew of JW Anderson for Topshop goodies. If the ring fits! Directed by her fiancé Michael Polish, the festive-themed short film for the UK retailer sees Kate sing (yes, she can sing) atop a grand piano whilst wearing a custom-made backless bordeaux cocktail frock. Watch the big reveal, then go back to the sneak-peeks and see if you can see what we saw. Watch Kate walk in a Winterland . . .
Deciding what you wear to your end-of-year work Christmas party is an important call. You want to something that says celebratory without jeopardising your professional cred. Our tip is to keep the silhouette proper, but have fun with colour and embellishment. A pair of punchy palazzo pants? Perfect. A pair of silver-foiled skinny jeans? You got the idea. The Sugar pod have kindly submitted their top two office-shindig selects for your perusal, so step inside and get inspired. Just for goodness sake, watch your champas intake and save your best dirty dancing for a GNO.
The LBD gets an even sexier tilt when you add a little lace — just look to Eva Mendes's latest for the full LBLD effect. Eva again solidified her status as a Hollywood bombshell with one curve-conscious lace Dolce & Gabbana sheath — but she's not the only celeb who knows the sultry potential of the LBLD. Keri Russell turned up the drama in a lace-inset black sheath, while Karolina Kurkova tempered the all-out sultry vibe of her Chantilly lace dress with a wool vest. There's something a little dark, incredibly sexy, and decidedly seasonal in each of these styles — plus the many more to flip through inside. Click on to get inspired by every iteration of the little black lace dress, then shop our editors' picks just in time for all of your end-of-year soirées ahead.