What to Wear There: Herringbone Restaurant

Houndstooth pairs nicely with dinner at the Mondrian
Photograph by Trilby Glover

Photograph courtesy Mark Champion

Last week I was invited to Herringbone Restaurant at the Mondrian Hotel to try out a new program called Sip With The Sommelier. For $45 you get to meet local wine makers, sample a bunch of wines, and enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres on the Mondrian’s beautiful patio. It’s not a terrible way to spend a Wednesday evening.

I wanted something new to wear but since I was jetting off to Kauai later in the week and most of my play money had been bookmarked for Mai Tais and surf lessons, I didn’t want to spend a fortune.

Houndstooth has been everywhere for fall so imagine how stoked I was to find this perfect little shift dress at Forever 21 at the Grove for under $21. I rarely go in Forever 21 because despite the store’s name the clothes are typically most appropriate for girls under the legal drinking age, but I was there for my friend Shauna Miller’s book signing and flipped when I saw this frock. I love that the cut is fitted but not tight and short, since my legs are admittedly my favorite body part to show off. I paired it with my trusty Steve Madden Real Love heels, and when the hostess at Herringbone asked if they were Calvin Klein I knew I had successfully pulled off looking like a million bucks while spending much less.

P.S. I would absolutely love to see a pair of houndstooth heels or a clutch, so leave a comment if you spot them!

Amelia Champion is an L.A. based actress, writer, and improviser. Her fashion and lifestyle blog Clotheshorse NYC was named one of Lucky Magazine‘s “20 L.A. Style Blogs to Bookmark Now.” Follow her daily on Instagram or Twitter, and use the hashtag #clotheshorsenysee if something sartorial catches your eye.