Swap Your Little Black Dress for Something Blue
Black tie gets a color makeover for the holiday season.
Natalie Portman teams her blue dress with rich jewel-toned accessories.
Just in time to spread a little festive cheer, bright cobalt blue has been popping up on celebrities at nearly every event. This beautiful jewel tone is softer and more forgiving than black: blue is more flattering to every skin tone, and you can use its various shades to your advantage. Feeling a bit daring? Go for a bright blue floor-length gown. If your style is more subtle, stick a little closer to navy rather than royal hues. While you can easily work it into your daily wardrobe, the shade looks so stunning in sumptuous satin and paired with shimmery accessories that we may need to rethink what the B stands for in LBD.
1. Eva Longoria Parker opts for a simple draped sheath and keeps it chic with leg-lengthening nude heels. We love this dramatic version from Velvet — at only $80, it’s a serious steal! Velvet Jora dress ($80, shopbop.com)
2. Hilary Swank looks elegant in this beautiful blue gown. The details are simple but interesting, and the fit is body-skimming without being revealing. Pair this similar style from Calvin Klein with fierce open-toe booties like Hilary’s for a stylish surprise at every step. Calvin Klein Crisscross dress ($188, zappos.com)
3. For a truly formal occasion, Carrie Underwood’s bright strapless gown is right on the mark, and its sparkly belt is just the right touch of glam. Copy Carrie’s style with this dress from Dave and Johnny. Dave and Johnny strapless evening gown ($190, edressme.com)