Holiday OOTD: How To Look Unexpected in Coral (and Still be Festive)

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Oh wait… the holidays are over, you say?  Well, I’ll be damned.

Oh, wait… it’s the MIDDLE OF JANUARY ALREADY?? Nonsense!! How did this happen??

Between being sick with the worst stomach virus in the history of stomach viruses, time with family, and a few days in paradise, it seems I missed the holidays completely this year.  My roommate and I didn’t even put up a tree!  Incidentally, the piles of dead Christmas Trees on New Yorks streets are making me at least a little relieved we didn’t partake in the tradition this year.  It always makes me sad, but there is the added bonus of Christmas Tree Litter: fragrant walks to the subway.

OOTD Details

I had planned on telling you all about my planned holiday outfit featuring the UNEXPECTED color of Coral, BUT I never made it out of the bed long enough to get dolled up this Christmas.  Lucky for me, Coral is back in a big way this Spring We saw it everywhere on the runways, especially on lips and nails.

There really is more to Christmas Fashion than red and green, just like there is more to New Years than black, silver, and, gold.  This holiday outfit was just that: festive in an unexpected way.   I always try to do something a little out-of-the-box for holidays; picking unexpected colors is one of my favorite ways to stand out in a crowd at a party.  The flash of coral color in my Valentino Pencil Skirt could be worn as easily on Christmas as at a New Years Fete as it can all Winter as we transition into Spring.

I made the best of being bed-ridden this Christmas and caught up on documentaries and TED Talks.  One talk given by Jessi Arrington called “Wearing Nothing New” was particularly intriguing for a Vintage Obsesser like myself.  Author of the blog Lucky So and So, Jessi taked about how she only wears recycled clothing she finds at thrift stores and vintage shops.  When she travels, she packs only underwear (!!) as she loves the challenge of finding new, cheap threads everywhere she goes.  She will often even give them away or donate them back before she departs!  What a cool concept, even if you only do it once as a fun challenge in a new place.  Bonus points if you are in a really random place like Alabama (not to knock Alabama, as it is home to my big brother!)  Add it to my official 2014 check-list. Moe on that later…

One of Jessi’s “rules” for dressing is that “Gold sequins go with everything”. During the holidays, gold sequins also turn almost anything into an outfit fit for a party.  Even a Valentino Coral Pencil Skirt.  See how below…


The fur I am wearing was special made for me by United States Furs in NYC.  Check out more on them, and my opinions on fur in this post on this seasons Colorful Coats and Furs!

The accessories include my favorite vintage leather gloves in the most brilliant bright coral color.  I also love the hardware detailing crawling up the front–FAB! I found these gloves at the Manhattan Vintage Show (which is happening again this weekend!  Check it out here!)

My hat, belt, and earrings are vintage.  My necklace is by Forever 21.  Completing the look are the shoes by Prada.  They are covered with the most beautiful delicate ombre gold sequins.

A final pop of unexpected color is found with my deep red MCM bag.  This bag is so versatile; the perfect business womans bag, but can be dressed up and taken out on the town as well.

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Designers and Details:

Dress: (worn as Top) French Connection

Skirt: Valentino

Necklace: Forever 21

Earrings, Hat, Gloves: Vintage

Belt: Vintage, from Screaming Mimi’s NYC

Fur Stole: Custom piece from United States Furs, NYC

Handbag: MCM

Shoe: Prada


Photography by: Chris Bowers,

Styling by: Ginger,

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