I’ve talked about the makeup and the hair for my holiday party look, now I need to share the details about this fabulous dress that I found! I am obsessed with HauteLook and have been ever since the online designer sample sale website started. I am even more obsessed with HauteLook now that it is a Nordstrom company! It’s so easy to purchase items and make returns if they don’t fit. In the past, I was always super cautious about purchasing from HauteLook because everything used to be final sale since the prices were so low. I, unfortunately, do not have a true to size body shape. Looking at my closet, my clothing sizes are all over the place. Plus, it seems that more than half of the clothes I tend to pick out actually are not the most flattering on me.
The good news is that Nordstrom purchased HauteLook a few years ago and they’ve updated the HauteLook app so that you can get notifications on your phone about when a sale starts! I’ve learned that if it’s a designer you love, you need to open the app immediately to purchase the items that you want. You can filter based on sizes, which helps you to see what is actually available in your size. Then you have 15 minutes from when you add something to your cart to when you need to purchase. If you wait longer than 15 minutes, your item will go back into general availability for someone else to buy. I tend to purchase an item in multiple sizes if I love it. After I receive my big box of items, I try everything on and return what doesn’t fit to Nordstrom Rack. Since I’m always purchasing over the minimum limit for free shipping, I don’t have to pay for shipping when I purchase the items and I don’t have to pay for shipping to return the items that don’t work since I stop in the store to make my return. I’ve even lucked out with finding some items at Nordstrom Rack that other people must have returned, since the Nordstrom Rack employees return the HauteLook items to the store floor. It’s a brilliant!
This dress was a HauteLook purchase during a Free People sale. By the time I logged into my app they only had a few sizes left. I ordered a total of six items and this was the only item that semi-fit me. It was a little big, but no other store had the size that I needed. Thankfully I’m a Nordstrom card holder and get $200 in alterations for free. I was able to take the dress into a Nordstrom and alter the top to fit better. I got away with leaving the skirt as is, since it’s an a-line style and is meant to be a bit more flowy.
I really wanted to compliment the dress with classic and simple styling. I chose my nude Louboutin pumps to give the appearance of lengthening my legs. The dress is knit and is a little stretchy, so it was super comfortable to wear all night and dance in. I also wanted to wear delicate bracelets and simple, yet sparkly earrings as not to take away from the lace and stitching detail of the dress. I was very pleased with my Gorjana ear climbers because they were easy to wear, comfortable and I didn’t have to worry about dangly earrings getting caught on the dress or in my hair. The sparkle was just the right amount. The Kendra Scott ring and the House of Harlow bracelet came with the earrings in my Rocksbox monthly membership. More details on this in my previous post here. The second bracelet, which is a gold snake cuff, is from a young designer’s market in SoHo NYC. It’s one of my favorite bracelets that goes with everything!
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Party Look Details:
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