If we told you one of our style idols was known to mix '80s minidresses with Victorian booties, and sweet tea dresses with the fierce, red lip and side-swept mane of a '40s screen vixen, you might think we'd finally gone off the deep end. But one look at Delmy Rivera, the Bronx-based babe behind Fashion Bananas, and suddenly bronze sequins and baggy denim go together like mac and cheese. Rivera's killer style and knack for adding just the right amount of glam to her go-tos make it work — and make Fashion Bananas one of our fave fashion clicks.
So, right on the edge of gift-giving time and party-hopping season, we tapped her for her favorite holiday skirt and a few matching gift suggestions. Because we're totally in the spirit, we wrapped up her picks in a bow, just for you! Click on to unwrap.
So, what’s Rivera's gotta-get staple this season? A chic, sequined miniskirt. “You can dress it up for cocktails with your girls, or pair with a sweatshirt for a casual Sunday.” Yep, rocking sequins and sweats to brunch — no wonder we love this girl.
Dig the skirt, but not sure about sequins for your day-to-day? Fear not! Just for us, Rivera handpicked three gift sets starring this sequined number. Whether you gift it to your beloved bestie or keep the piece to rock all this shimmer to a shindig yourself, we promise you’ll soon see sequins as a staple. Major style (and gift-giving) inspo, straight ahead!
American Eagle Sequined Bodycon Skirt, $49.95, available at American Eagle. Photo: Courtesy of American Eagle
Tokens Of Friendship
“I always gift more than one item, especially when it comes to a best friend. A sequined skirt and killer stilettos are party essentials, and give you legs for days — just make sure you pack satin flats for the walk home. And that sparkling headband isn’t just stylish — it’s a secret weapon in the war against bedhead! Now no one has to know how hard you partied the night before.”
American Eagle Sequined Bodycon Skirt, $49.95, available at American Eagle; KORS Michael Kors Aberly Leather Pump, $250, available at Michael Kors; American Eagle T-Strap Ballet Flat, $29.99, available at American Eagle; Deepa Gurnani Beaded Floral Headband, $38, available at Nordstrom; MIRABLING Diamond Series iPhone Case, $25, available at Nordstrom; Stila Convertible Color, $25, available at Sephora.
“When it comes to updating your look, it's all about statement pieces. I love this beautiful blush sweater with its unexpected lace back. A fur vest can update any outfit, and your outerwear, too — wear it over your parka or denim jacket and you’ll instantly have a new coat! Vibrant colors effortlessly brighten your face. Try this bold coral bag, and my busy-day go-to: a killer red lip.”
American Eagle Sequined Bodycon Skirt, $49.95, available at American Eagle; American Eagle Lace Back Sweater, $54.95, available at American Eagle; DKNY Faux Fur Vest, $295, available at Net-A-Porter; American Eagle Pushlock Crossbody Bag, $24.95, available at American Eagle; NARS Lipstick in Jungle Red, $24, available at Beauty.Com; Infiniti by Conair Curling Iron, $28.99, available at Conair.
“Why wear a sequined skirt to a housewarming party? Why not? Anytime's a good time to shine. You can never go wrong in a black blazer. Elephants are good luck, so gift your hosts with this adorable salt and pepper set. A little music, some gluten-free goodies, and martinis served in these chic, stemless glasses, and voila — everyone's having a killer time in no time.”
American Eagle Sequined Bodycon Skirt, $49.95, available at American Eagle; American Eagle Tuxedo Blazer, $69.99, available at American Eagle; Target Spiral Stemless Martini Glass Set, $26, available at Target; Jam Box Wireless Speakers, $179.95, available at Apple; Jonathan Adler Elephant Salt & Pepper Shakers, $48, available at Jonathan Adler; BabyCakes: Vegan, (Mostly) Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipies from New York’s Most Talked-About Bakery, $24, available at BabyCakes.