How gorgeous is this embroidered cheongsam I scored in L.A.’s Chinatown last week?! Because many of my favorite brands (like I.Am.Gia and Are You Am I) are incorporating Asian-inspired pieces into their collections lately, I couldn’t be happier to have a more authentic piece in my wardrobe.
Thanks to big-name trendsetters like Rihanna, Gucci’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection, which has a heavy Far East influence, is the envy of everyone in the industry.
Though the dress I picked up is a far cry from a high-end label like Gucci, it has a street style charm that makes it relatively versatile and wearable day or night.
Styling this dress is surprisingly easy–possibly because I kept things simple with a black base and a delicate pattern. As soon as I saw this edgy-yet-adorable piece hanging in Chinatown, I knew exactly how I would be wearing it.
Cold weather is officially here to stay at my parent’s home in northern New Jersey, but it definitely is not stopping me from sporting this minidress. To stay warm without appearing frumpy, I layered my must-have fluffy coat on top.
Over the past two years I have for-sure gotten my money’s worth out of this coat; not only does it go with everything else in my wardrobe, it instantly kicks any look up a notch while keeping me cuddly.
I also added a pair of stockings to the ensemble. As hard as I try to keep my skin smooth and glowing throughout the fall and winter months, bare legs just aren’t a cute look this time of year (unless you are lying down on white sheets in a silk robe with flawless hair à la Negin Mirsalehi).
For the first time this season I broke out my Doc Martens. These classic black boots are totally worn in because, much like the coat, they pair well with just about everything I want to wear–including today’s outfit.
As for accessories, I kept things relatively simple with a plain pair of (faux!) gold hoops, an orange lip stain c/o Tonymoly and my go-to loose waves.
While you may have to hop on the next flight to LAX to score this exact dress, it seems similar styles are popping up everywhere I look this season. (That is, if you’re not lucky enough to live there.) Even the hottest secondhand shops–like Melrose Ave’s Reformation Vintage–are stocking killer Asian-inspired pieces. Below, shop my favs for a similar look.