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Monday, June 15, 2009

"Business or Pleasure" Cocktail Party Look

Whether it's for business or for pleasure, flaunt what your momma gave you (in a tasteful manner, of course). I know plenty of women that struggle with what to wear to a business-related cocktail party. They have a great little black dress and sky-high heels, but are afraid to look too "sexy" in front of superiors or colleagues. The trick is to find a look that will work in either setting, and this black trio from Neiman Marcus I've put together will certainly do the job.

Let's begin with the LBD. This Black Halo One Shoulder Dress cut a few inches above the knee is tasteful yet alluring. The one-shouldered dress is hot right now and can be flattering to small or larger busted women. The belted waist adds curves while the ruching around the waist provides a more forgiving silhouette.

Let's move on to my current obsession, the Prada Cutout Slingback Heels. What's not to love about this fabulous design? It has all my favorite detailing - peep-toe front, cutout sides, comfortable slingback style and platforms for added balance. Ever since I broke my ankles and my foot (repeatedly!) I need all the balance I can get. The black leather goes with everything, of course, so you'll get plenty of mileage out of them.

Now onto my piéce de résistance. The Dior Bow-Flap Shoulder Bag is a lady-like, roomy bag with a bit of an edge. I know what you're thinking, "Dior, e-d-g-y"? Well, in a word, yes. The fold-over flap shaped and detailed to resemble a bow gives the design a feminine touch while the textured lambskin leather and blingy silver hardware take it from simply demure to totally chic. When you put all three pieces together, you're left with a foolproof look that's fit for cocktails with the boss or drinks with your significant other.

Black Halo One Shoulder Dress - $345
Prada Cutout Slingback Heels - $590
Dior Bow-Flap Shoulder Bag - pre-order for $1950


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