Nordstrom Tips for Golden Globe or Inaugural Ball Dressing

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A Red Ralph Lauren Dress and a Sequined St. John, both at Nordstrom

A Red Ralph Lauren Dress and a Sequined St. John, both at Nordstrom

Two special events are coming up that will entertain fashionsistas and recessionistas around the world.  Washington is preparing for the Inauguration on January 21 .  Attendees are considering their fashion choices and wondering what Michelle Obama, Jill Biden and other beltway style leaders will wear.  Hollywood is preparing for the Golden Globes this Sunday and a pageant of red carpet style.  I know my readers always want to have the latest fashion styles, but not pay top dollar for them.  To help find the looks for less, Nordstrom Fashion Director Gregg Andrews  and top salesperson Chris Sharma have some great style tips for dressing for a special evening out.  Look for these styles at Nordstrom and then have a look for similar styles at Nordstrom Rack, for less.

Take inspiration from the red carpet and choose a gown in a radiant shade of ruby, cobalt or emerald like the Lauren Ralph Lauren One Shoulder Matte Jersey Gown priced at $180. “A bold color in a simple silhouette makes a modern yet elegant statement that is flattering and sophisticated,” says Andrews. “Rich jewel tones can be accessorized with either black or metallic shoes, a shimmering handbag and finished with a chandelier earring and a dramatic cocktail ring.”

“Burnished metallic shades of gunmetal, bronze and pewter are the most chic neutrals for evening elegance. Sleek gowns in shimmering satin, lustrous lace or paved sequins shine in the night and reflect sophistication.” The St. John Collection Sequin Gown paired with simple shoes and understated jewelry is a modern yet glamorous choice.”  Note, this sparking St. John dress is pricey at almost $2,000. But you can find similar styles for much less at Nordstrom Rack.

“For men, it’s all about picking a classic look and adding a modern edge,” says Sharma. The Z Zegna Trim Fit Wool Suit  has a sleek shape. A metallic tie like the Calibrate Woven Silk Tie is the perfect finishing touch.

“Pattern can be an unexpected elegance when done right.” The J.P. Tilford Samuelsohn Plaid Dinner Jacket shows contrast with the satin lapels against the plaid. The single button enhances that modern look.

If you’re in the DC area on Jan. 21 and heading out the the parties, Nordstrom  will be hosting their popular Drive-by Bow Tie where customers can stop by Nordstrom Pentagon City or Nordstrom Tysons Corner Center from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on their way to their Inaugural Balls for all of their last-minute fashion needs. Fashion experts will be on-hand to tie bow ties, shine shoes, apply makeup, clean jewelry, press shirts, stitch last-minute monogramming, reinforce buttons and even help choose a signature scent for the evening. Plus, shoppers can check out a special Inaugural Shop with last-minute items available for purchase from every department


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.