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The Holiday Look

Posted: Dec 17 2014

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” 

From November to January is when holiday parties are overflowing with luxurious fabrics, rich colors, and fancy beading.  It’s the time when you wear garments that you would just wear for special occasions.  This week we will explore some gorgeous looks for the holiday, how to work in a little day-to-night for that office party and some fun trends you can use to really bring glamour to your look.

The basis of any fabulous holiday look is in the fabric and/or beading.  Metallic fabrics bring a little something extra to a regular dress.  By metallic I mean fabric that has a shimmery undertone.  This will give your frock some pizazz, but won’t have you looking like you are dressed in tin foil.  Sequins are a classic holiday look.  With sequins you want to be sophisticated, especially if you are going to a work-related event.  Choose sequins in jewel tones or classic black.  Smaller sequins look a little more expensive as well.  Here’s a tip: Wear sequins on the smallest portion of your body.  You won’t emphasize larger parts of your body, but you’ll still be able to wear this fun beading with confidence.

A lot of holiday parties are associated with work and more often than not they generally are scheduled right behind the work day.  So how do you take that ornate frock and tone it down for the day time?  I say add a cardigan or a blazer.  Pick a subdued color that will tone down your dress, like black, cream, or gray.  Pair with a pair of flats to make the look day time appropriate.  When the night falls and the eggnog is flowing, toss the cardigan/blazer, add some pumps (satin, velvet, or suede are always fun for the holidays), and incorporate a red lip. This will take you from working girl chic to after 5 sassy.

There are some extravagant extra touches that you can add into your look to really take it to the next level of holiday fashion.  A fur muff or a stole is an elegant way to turn up your outfit.  Don’t think real fur is budget friendly or kind to our furry friends, go faux!   Faux fur is all the rave and is comparable to the real thing for a fraction of the price.  Find the perfect ornate clutch. Clutches decked out with beads or in alluring fabrics such as velvet and metallic make for the perfect accessory to compliment your party dress.  Finally and most importantly: the jewelry.  A statement necklace, a jeweled cuff, or chandelier earring are all perfect additions, but don’t go too far.  Pick one centerpiece accessory for your holiday look as you don’t want anyone to mistake you for a Christmas tree.

Unfortunately, that’s our time again for today.  Next week we will talk about another hot topic.  Until next time, stay stylish!

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