The Frills Lead the Way

This time of year, our calendar is rife with summer weddings: vineyard tie-the-knots, crown-of-roses-in-your-hair garden affairs, and jazzy cultured “I do’s” at the MET. We’re flirting with LWDs for non-weddings, and we love the thrill of a new floral or stripe, but we’ll also find lots of ways to wear the always faithful little black dress. Here, our stylist Evan proposes his truisms for party dress styling:

1. We believe that wooden wedges were made for vineyard weddings (especially of the hot-to-trot python variety). Ditch any worry about sinking in the ground. Arm yourself with these clear bangles and raise your glass to the happy couple.

2. We believe that strands of pearls were made for museum weddings (especially with the interplay of large and small). Slip into a pair of leggy black heels and dance circles around paintings by Picasso and Matisse.

3. We believe that bows were made for garden weddings (especially when they’re sprinkled with polka dots). Cinch a day-glo orange belt around the waist, lace up these black-and-white oxfords, and cha-cha real smooth among the daisies and daffodils.

As always, it’s best to consult the invite for the dress code de rigeur.

June 22, 2011



This summer, our favorite preppy pattern is making some serious headlines with a look that’s equal parts baguette-in-bicycle-basket Parisian and catamaran-in-waters-of-Newport nautical. Rue Stylist Evan works his magic by repurposing this once-casual number threefold: for a sidecar at the speakeasy, a presentation at the office, and a weekend whisk-away to the beach.

1. We believe in neon at night. When heading out on the town, a bold, bright top completely carries a look of basic black. Opt for strappy heels, cropped pants, and a dangling gold necklace to play off the top’s relaxed feel.

2. We believe lots of accessories can still look polished. The tailored blazer and sleek white denim perfectly tame the bright stripes, billowy scarf, and beachy wedges, making the ultimate office-to-drinks ensemble.

3. We believe high-contrast colors are easily wearable. Warm, saturated yellow is such an interesting and chic complement to the cool oceanic hue. Layered and effortless, this is the perfect day-at-the-yacht-club look.

P.S. – A styling tip: When mixing any patterns, select prints in different sizes to keep it chic.

June 10, 2011


Even when we love it, we’re on edge when it comes to wearing the same recognizably patterned dress more than once for the fear of camera-happy friends papering the repeat offender all over the web. Yet, with the professional styling of Evan, one of the Rue La La stylists, there’s no need to hide from the paparazzi. These three iterations each feel fresh for whatever comes our way: whether we’re dressing for a date, the office, or the weekend.

1. We believe that the term “save the date” signifies the SOS potential of the perfect outfit. Head to the restaurant, salsa bar, or bistro donning a tribal dress, bold cuffs around the wrist, and a pair of rough-around-the-edges sandals.

2. We believe that the term “business casual” is not synonymous with boring. Head to the cubicle, conference room, or company cafeteria donning a tribal dress, a fitted black blazer, a chunky black and gold necklace, and a pair of chunky black boots with a heel.

3. We believe that the term “at the drop of a hat” was coined for our weekend spontaneity. Head to the neighborhood park, outdoor café, or take a city stroll donning a tribal dress partnered with a green field jacket, a flamingo orange skinny belt, a fedora wrapped in a ribbon of color, and a pair of wood-heeled cutout sandals.

Now that we’ve given a few examples, where else would you go and how else would you don this lovely tribal tiered frock?

Our A.B.S. Boutique opens Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 11AM ET.

April 24, 2011