Little Black Dress

  • How to Dress Up for a Family Holiday Dinner

    The Holidays are here and that means it's time for lots of parties - and lots of different types of parties! The Family Holiday Dinner is one event you're bound to be attending at one time or another this Holiday season, whether it be your own family's, your boyfriend's, or even your best friend's. This can be one of the more trickier events when it comes to dressing up, though. With family members aplenty - whether it be the Aunt that's your BFF, or your boyfriend's grandparents that you've never met before - it's important to make the right impression. Even though the holidays are usually a time for glitz and glam, this may be one holiday event where it's best to tone it down a notch; there will be plenty of time to show off that cute short sequin dress on New Year's Eve!

    No matter what holiday you're celebrating, the general rules should hold constant: keep the fashionable side of you showing through with a cute dress, but stick to one that's more simple and toned down. Black is usually a good color choice for a simple look, but don't be afraid to show some festivity with a red, green, or blue colored dress. It's also always good to bring a blazer or cardigan to wear over the dress to cover your shoulders, especially if you choose a strapless dress.

    Our 3 favorite for a Holiday family event are great simple, yet sophisticated mini dresses:

    1. Dave & Johnny style 8281 cocktail dress is a strapless black dress with taped taffeta over lace for fabric. It's a very classic looking LBD, with unique styling to it with the distinctive textured stripes throughout the dress.

    2. Terani style H1216 cocktail dress comes in the colors red and blue - both perfect for the Holidays. It has a scooped cowl neckline in both the front and back of the dress.

    3. Clarisse style 2044 cocktail dress is a sweet mocha colored dress that's adorned with beading and rhinestones. The pretty patterns gives it such a distinctive look, while the mocha color complements the beading and keeps the dress toned down.

    What are your Holiday family plans? Leave a comment below and let us know!

     

  • Luxe Lace for the Holidays

    Even though Spring and Summer are gone, many of the fashion trends of the two warm seasons have been sticking around in Fall, and don't plan on going anywhere for the Winter. Lace is one of those trends. But, it's not only the darker lace colors like blue and black that are popular right now - the lighter looks like ivory, white, and nude are sticking around for the colder months, too.

    Teen Vogue mentioned that the lead designers have been freshening up their Fall runways with the lace trend. Simone Rocha, Dolce & Gabbana, and Michael Kors all had lots of lace (in both dark and light colors) throughout their Fall Winter 2012/2013 Fashion Shows. Check out our favorite outfits from their runway shows below.

    Lace is definitely a classy way to dress up any outfit, and it without a doubt exudes the look and feel of the Holidays. The fabric is great to wear to a number of Holiday events - from Christmas parties with your family, Holiday parties with co-workers, or a New Year's Eve night out with friends.  Below are some of our favorite lace cocktail dresses that are similar to what the designers are showing off in their Fall/Winter fashion shows.

    Wearing the lighter lace colors to holiday events is a great way to stand out in the crowd if you want a bolder look; but, choosing a darker lace fabric is always a classic for the holidays, and you'll still be sure to turn heads. Do you like the lighter colors for the Fall/Winter months? Leave a comment below!

    Source: Teen Vogue

  • Breaking Dawn Part 2 Premiere - Madrid

    We're so excited about the release of Breaking Dawn Part 2 here at Rissy Roo's that we've decided to make it Twilight Week! We've been watching the Twilight stars going from premiere to premiere across the world, and we are obsessed with all of the outfits Kristen Stewart has been wearing. Our latest favorites were her Madrid premiere outfits - we thought her form fitting, simple dresses were a great contrast to her Los Angeles outfit.

    Like we showed you a few days ago with the outfits the Twilight stars wore at the Los Angeles premiere, if you want to bring Kristen's red carpet looks into your formal wear, read on to find your perfect look-alike dress.

     

     At the Breaking Dawn Part 2 Madrid photocall (on November 5, 2012), she wore a navy and white short dress. The gold embellishments at the neckline made the dress really stand out, but our favorite part was the color blocked detailing that accented the curves of her figure so well!

    Get Kristen's color blocking look and show off your curves with the below dresses from Clarisse and La Femme. You can always also add a bib style necklace to really make your outfit stand out!

    A. Clarisse Style 1414 - A fitted strapless dress with white stripes on the sides. Best yet, it's on sale for $130!

    B. La Femme Style 15983 - A trendy mini halter top all over sequined dress. The side panels are see-through sheer, which adds a little different take to the color blocking trend.

    C. La Femme Style 16368 - Short ruche net strapless dress with jewel incrusted front.

    The dress she wore to the actual Madrid movie premiere was a short, fitted neon yellow number. Neon was the hit trend of the summer, so we love that she brought it into the Fall!

    Stand out in the crowd with these short neon yellow dresses from Clarisse, Hannah S, and Mac Duggal. 

    D. Hannah S Style 27666 - A short dress with a strapless shirred tulle bodice and full skirt, beaded waistband, and embroidered sequin trim.

    E. Clarisse Style 2041 - A fitted, stretch-jersey dress with stones over sheer netting.

    F. Homecoming by Mac Duggal 6389N - A one shoulder ruffled dress with a fun and flirty tiered layered skirt and a waistband accented with jeweled detail.

    What was your favorite Breaking Dawn 2 Premiere outfit that Kristen wore? Leave a comment below!

    Source: Getty, Wireimage

  • Breaking Dawn Part 2 Premiere - Los Angeles

    The Los Angeles premiere of "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" was this past Monday, November 12th, and the stars of the Twilight series looked as stunning as ever on the red carpet. With all of the recent hype behind Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson concerning their alleged break-up, we were happy to see them reunited at the premiere. And, we always love seeing Rob Pattinson and Tyler Lautner all dressed up!

    Swooning and celebrity gossip aide, we were most excited about all of the beautiful dresses, of course! We loved the way Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, and Ashley Tisdale looked - their dresses were absolutely stunning. If you want to take a cue from these Twilight stars and rock their looks at your next formal event, check out our dress picks to get their styles below.

    All eyes were on Kristen at the premiere, where she wore a strapless nude lace gown. We loved the corset bodice on the dress, which framed the dress against her body. You can get a similar look with one of these nude & lace dresses from from Jovani & Mac Duggal:

    A.  Mac Duggal Style 78554D – A couture evening gown that features a sweetheart neckline and embroidery and rhinestones throughout the bodice, with a lace and tulle drop waist skirt.

    B. Jovani Style 5990 – This strapless sweetheart neckline gown features a lace corset top and layered tulle skirt.

    Ashley Greene looked so elegant in her blush colored chiffon one shoulder dress. Find your perfect similar look with either of these pink dresses from Nika and Clarisse:

    C.  Nika Style 6055 – This elegant one shoulder ball gown from Nika by Niki Kapoor has a rouched tulle bodice, and a beautiful tulle skirt.

    D. Clarisse Style 2120 – A beaded iridescent halter chiffon prom dress with a rouched waistline.

    Ashley Tisdale wore a sexy little black dress with long sleeves and sequins. Get a similar look with these sexy short black dresses from ALYCE Paris and Jovani:

    E.  Claudine for Alyce Style 2177 – Accentuate your figure in this beaded unlined tulle cocktail dress with high neckline and low scoop back. Long sheer beaded sleeves paired with a mini skirt bottom are the perfect complement.

    F. Jovani Style 9448 – This curve-hugging minidress takes sexy to a new level with its swaths of sheer that show off skin in just the right places. The neckline extends shoulder to shoulder to give a sleek look.

    Source: US Weekly & Movieline

  • Dressing Up for Thanksgiving Dinner

    Halloween is officially over, and we're now in our first week of November - that means the next holiday coming up is Thanksgiving!

    Dressing up for Thanksgiving all depends on what type of Thanksgiving dinner the host has put together; some have very casual dinners (where you can wear jeans...or even sweatpants if you're just staying home!), but others have a more formal dinner (and by "more formal," we just mean a little more dressed up than normal, versus an actual formal event, like prom). If you're going to a more dressy dinner, it's good to look nice, but no need to go over the top. Read on for some of our tips on finding the right outfit for a more dressy Thanksgiving dinner.

    Since it's Thanksgiving, a more comfortable option is to go with a stretchy or loose fitting dress (like a tunic dress). You'll be glad you chose this type of dress while eating all the food that comes along with the holiday (especially since they hide the tummy)! Two of our favorite more loose fitting dresses are from Shail K. - styles KK3143 and KK3149.

    Style KK3143 is a Grecian style flowy dress that comes in colors red and black - both colors are perfect for a Thanksgiving dinner! Style KK3149 is a tunic dress that can be worn with leggings for a more casual look or with stockings to dress it up. It comes in colors black and ivory, however we recommend going with black for Thanksgiving (you'll see why below!).

    Another important thing to keep in mind with this holiday surrounded by eating is the potential to drop the food on your clothes. Whether you tend to be a very clumsy person or not, it's inevitable that something will be spilled during the night. Because of this, we recommend picking dark colors or prints that will hide any gravy, stuffing, or cranberry sauce that may find its way onto you. Going with a white or light colored dress may leave you showing off your dinner, rather than your fashionable outfit; with Thanksgiving being in Fall, the darker colors are part of the festive vibe of the holiday, anyway. Scroll down to see some more darker colored dresses that are perfect for Thanksgiving.

    Jovani 171150 comes in black
    Mac Duggal 76171R comes in colors red & black
    Sherri Hill 1522 comes in colors black, red, ivory, navy, nude, & plum
    Evenings by Allure A365 comes in chocolate & is on sale for only $39.99!

    Are you excited for Thanksgiving? I know we are! What kind of dinner event will you be attending? Leave a comment below!

  • The Latest Fashion Trend: Embroidery

    Embroidery has been an existing fashion trend for many years, but this intricate design has been evolving lately and really inspiring fashion designers. This fabulous textured look oozes chic and can give a whole new meaning to the term "little black dress."  Whether it's embroidered with beading, lace, or studs, it's a very elegant look that will have you standing out from the crowd at any event you attend.

    This trend has really taken off in the celebrity world, too, with the trend being seen all over the red carpet. Supermodel Alessandra Ambrioso and singer Ashanti rocked two of our favorite embroidered dresses - check them out below!

    Supermodel Alessandra Ambrioso at the amFAR 3rd Annual Inspiration Gala

    Ashanti is in a Jovani dress available at our store! Perfect for a night out on the town!

    Singer Ashanti in Jovani 9095
    Jovani 9095

    Want to incorporate this fashion trend into your next formal dress? We've got you covered! Below are some more of our favorite embroidered dresses available at Rissy Roo's!

    This fun black feathery dress with beaded embroidery is another one from Jovani!

    Jovani 704

    This new gorgeous Nika gown embroidered with lace and beading will leave your prom date speechless!

    Nika 8010 in Nude/Black
    *also available in Creme and Nude/Red

    Here's another glamorous Jovani prom gown in a mermaid style with jewel embroidery. You'll definitely look like a movie star in this gown!

    Jovani 3425 in Black/Nude
    *also available in White/Nude

    What do you think about this growing trend? Is it a "gotta have it" for you? Will this be the next addition to your closet? Leave a comment below and tell us what you think!

     

  • Accessorizing Your Formal Dress for Halloween

    Halloween is a great excuse for you to go over the top. But why buy a costume when you can use an outfit from your closet...or get those clothes you've been wanting? Just by adding a few accessories to your favorite dress, you can instantly be part of the Halloween spirit and have the dress to wear again any time of the year (without the Halloween accessories of course)! Read on to see how we added some accessories to some classic formal dresses to make them ready for Halloween!

    Little Black Dress

    You can get great use out of any black dress. This Clarisse black one shoulder hi-lo dress is one of our personal favorites (style 2174). Just add kitty ears, a witch hat, or vampire teeth, and you're all ready for Halloween! The real bonus, though, is that a Little Black Dress can be used for so many different occasions that you'll never run out of places and reasons to wear it.

    Dress: Clarisse style 2174

    Shoes: Night Moves by Allure Style Divine

    Purse: Touch Ups Heather

     

    Source: rissyroos.polyvore.com via Rissy on Pinterest

     

    Fringe Dress

    The fringe dress has been a very popular style lately. The look is taken from the 1920s flapper style, so with this in mind, this type of dress is great to turn into a flapper girl outfit!  This black Mac Duggal fringe cocktail dress (style 3479T) and Touch Ups Peacock high heals are perfect to be a flapper girl.

    Dress: Twelve by Mac Duggal 3479T

    Earrings: Helen's Heart Style E06245 Clear Crystal Stone Earrings

    Purse: Helen's Heart Style FP-2919

    Shoes: Touch Ups Peacock

    Source: rissyroos.polyvore.com via Rissy on Pinterest

    White Dress

    White formal dresses are always stand-out pieces at any event. For Halloween, just add wings and you can be a beautiful angel! One of our favorite white dresses is the Mac Duggal style 6383N, which has a beautiful  fully sequined top and layered ruffles of chiffon on the skirt. The Sizzle by Coloriffics Inez high heals are a great way to add some extra glitter to the outfit!

    Dress: Homecoming by Mac Duggal style 6383N

    Earrings: Crystal Pear Drop Earrings J5613E1S

    Shoes: Sizzle by Coloriffics Inez

    Source: rissyroos.polyvore.com via Rissy on Pinterest

    Red Dress

    Red dresses are always a sexy choice. And for Halloween, where there's a white dress for an angel, there must also be a red dress for the devil. Turn this La Femme 18110 cocktail dress into a devil by adding horns and a tail.

    Dress: La Femme 18110

    Purse: Helen's Heart Style FP-7051

    Shoes: Touch Ups Prom Shoes Style Bev

    Source: rissyroos.polyvore.com via Rissy on Pinterest

    Pink Dress

    Pink is always a cute color to go with in a formal dress, especially if you love the classic princess look. And, all of us girls love feeling like princesses when we dress up, right? With this sparkly number from Sherri Hill (style 2308), actually become a princess for Halloween by adding a crown! Or, for another cute look, you can add bunny ears.

    Dress: Sherri Hill style 2308

    Purse: Helen's Heart Style FP-08196

    Shoes: Sizzle by Coloriffics Camilla

    Source: rissyroos.polyvore.com via Rissy on Pinterest

    What do you plan on being for Halloween? Leave a comment below!

  • Celeb Style - The Little Black Lace Dress

    The Little Black Dress has always been a quintessentially classic piece.   Necessary for every woman’s wardrobe since the early 1920s, the LBD has become popular because of how easy it is to accessorize and change for each fashion season.  As an outfit choice that can be worn to any social event at any time of year, this sleek, chic option is even a go-to for trendy celebrities.

    In particular, the Little Black Lace Dress has become a favorite amongst the fashion savvy today.  This formal look takes the stylish fitted black trend and gives it a flirtatious twist.  Perfect for a night out, fancy dinner party, or swank celeb get-together, the Little Black Lace dress has been making rounds.

    Check out these celebs, looking lovely in their lace:

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    Kristen Stewart, in the news lately for her unprofessional relationship with Snow White director Rupert Sanders, donned this one-shoulder Valentino dress last October.

     

     

     

    Taylor Swift Lace Dress

     

    Taylor Swift rocked this lace dress at a CMT event last year.  The sleeve lacework compliments her flawless skin, adding some contrast to a plain design.

     

     

     

     

     

    Princess Kate Lace Dress

     

    Duchess of Cambridge Kate pulled off this royal look alongside hubby Prince William.  With a plain hairstyle and minimal makeup, Kate’s lace dress really accentuates her natural beauty.

     

     

    Hayden Penittiere Black Dress

     

    This high, scoop neck style, with cap sleeves looks stunning on Former Heroes star Hayden Panettiere .

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