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The Lust List: Inauguration Gowns & Hair

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Well, it’s nearly here; inauguration time. There’s a slew of Inaugural Balls happening all weekend (just check out our rundown in This Week).

So, Cinderella. You’re going to need a gown for the ball, and you’re going to have to do something with that hair of yours. (I write this as I am struggling with both concerns.) Hopefully you already have some sparkly pumps in your closet.

I suggest you head over to Carine’s Bridal Atelier, nestled on Wisconsin in Glover Park. The high-end bridal boutique launched evening wear this past fall, and it’s by far the best place to pick up a unique, stunning gown. You certainly don’t want to rent the last remaining dress in your size from Rent the Runway only to show up and see that five other 20-somethings are wearing it.

I picked out my favorite options at Carine’s, below. All the dresses are timeless and classic—making them a good option for this Inauguration and next. (And keeping you motivated to stay the same size!)

It seems that rich, deep tones—navy and burgundy—are popular this season. It makes sense, of course, as you’d look mighty silly wearing bright colors in the dead of winter. Moreover, these are adult fetes—you may run into a head of state, a political talking head, or even a Kardashian—so you’ll want to be dressed exquisitely.

Or, if you’d like a short frock, you can’t go wrong with a one-shoulder sheath or a sequined number. Both are great picks that will look great for years to come.

We’ve also included some great tips from our friends over at Nival Salon & Spa for how to do your own mane—in a side bun, side brain or top knot.

Regardless of your political persuasion, you’ll want to look great, and celebrate a historic moment in our nation’s history. We’re sure you’ll be the belle of the ball. Unless, of course, MoBama is your competition—she takes the cake. Here are our picks.

Badgley Mischka, Merlot, $990, Carine’s Bridal.

Badgley Mischka at Carine's Bridal Atelier
Badgley Mischka at Carine’s Bridal Atelier

Tadashi Shoji, $348, Carine’s Bridal.

Tadashi Shoji Gown at Carine's Bridal Atelier
Tadashi Shoji Gown at Carine’s Bridal Atelier

Tadashi Shoji, $368, Carine’s Bridal.

Tadashi Shoji Gown at Carine's Bridal Atelier
Tadashi Shoji Gown at Carine’s Bridal Atelier

Notte by Marchesa, $693, Carine’s Bridal.

Marchesa Dress at Carine's Bridal Atelier
Marchesa Dress at Carine’s Bridal Atelier

Theia, $595, Carine’s Bridal.

Theia Dress at Carine's Bridal Atelier
Theia Dress at Carine’s Bridal Atelier

David Meister, $504, Carine’s Bridal.

David Meister Dress at Carine's Bridal Atelier
David Meister Dress at Carine’s Bridal Atelier

With all this rain, likely to last through the weekend, why not try a DIY hairstyle rather than wearing your hair down. Consuella Lopez, master stylist at Nival Salon and Spa, who did our hair for the Bitches Who Brunch and Urban Chic look book, provided us some how-to’s.

The first look, and my personal favorite, is a side bun:

You’ll need: blow dryer, volume mousse, anti-frizz serum, hair spray, hair ties, bobby pins, and a round brush (preferably the kind without metal bristles).

1) Blow dry hair with round brush and a volume mousse, such as Phyto Intense Volume Mouse for Volume and Hold.
2) Use a serum, such as Frizz Ease, Moroccan Oil (what I swear by), or Phytolisse, to tame away flyaways and take a comb comb hair all to one side.
3) Comb hair into a ponytail with a hair band.
4) Wrap hair around the ponytail with bobby pins until all the hair is in a bun.
4) Use hairspray to maintain hairstyle in place.

sidebun

The second look, one that is super popular nowadays, is a top knot.

You’ll need: volume mousse, glossing cream, hair spray, hair tie, bobby pins, hair brush.

1) Blow dry hair with a volume mousse, such as Phyto Intense Volume Mousse.
2) Apply a small amount (dime-size drop) of hair serum and Glossing Cream on the hair (excluding the roots) to help with a subtle hold.
3) Brush Hair up into a ponytail on the top of the head and tie with a hair band.
4) Grab ponytail and tease the outer perimeter of the ponytail and start to tuck in with bobby pins until all hair is in a knot.
5) Use a heck of a lot of hairspray to maintain hairstyle in place.

topknot

The last look is a side braid.

1) Blow dry hair with a volume mousse.
2) Separate out a few whispy pieces toward the front for texture (see below).
3) Braid hair to desired side going towards the back.
4) Once braid is complete, pin hair up to desired style and use bobby pins to hold in place.
5) Use hair spray to maintain hairstyle in place.

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Carine’s Bridal Atelier
1726 Wisconsin Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C.
(202) 965-4696

Nival Salon and Spa
5481 Wisconsin Ave.
Chevy Chase, M.D.
(301) 941-4445

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