What to wear (and pack) to a wine bar
If you’re headed to a wine bar or party this winter, take a cue from the hues of cabernet or merlot while you’re getting dressed. A dark red or burgundy will look elegant and also hide stains if a bit of wine gets splashed your way. To get a sophisticated and festive look, pair a red-colored dress with a touch of costume jewelry.
Remember to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated to keep your skin looking refreshed. If you’re planning to wear lipstick, there are a few tricks to keeping your lipstick on your lips and not smeared all over the rim of your wine glass. First, prime your lips with a lip balm or moisturizer and let it set for 15 minutes. Dab on a little bit of concealer on your lips. Apply the lipstick. Then, blot and apply a second coat. Top with gloss.
Here’s how to get ready to wine and dine:
Little red dress: Have you met the little red dress? She’s the sultry cousin of the little black dress. Think elegant details, like lace. Need inspiration? Here’s a gorgeous $24.99 dress from Target and this $168 Carmindy two-toned dress from Anthropologie. A cream-colored cardigan and pearls would layer nicely over both of these dresses.
Burgundy lipstick: The elegant deep red shade with brown undertones is this year’s “it” color. Wear the burgundy lipstick with a bright red dress. It will give you a look that’s a bit unexpected. Burgundy is versatile in that it looks dramatic on both light and dark skin tones. Check out this “burberry lip velvet long wear lipstick” from Nordstrom.
Stain remover: Be the most popular girl at the bar or party by packing a stain remover pen or Shout wipes from Walgreens in your purse. It’s the secret weapon to protect clothes from splashes of wine or stains from tapas.
Cocktail jewelry: Dress up your wrists or fingers with some shiny, fun jewelry. We love this vintage-inspired, multi-toned ring from Kohl’s that’s on sale for $13.99 or this black and crystal ring from the Jennifer Lopez line, also at Kohl’s that’s on sale for $14.30. Forever 21 has a stackable ring set with faux diamonds and pearls and trendy chain-link ring, all for $6.80. Looking for some wrist candy? We love this “pretty rocker bracelet set” with pearls and gold bracelets threaded with black lace from Forever 21.
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