The holiday season is here and you know what that means…it’s time to party! You have racked up your fair share of Christmas & New Year’s party invitations and you are wondering how are you going to look fabulous for every affair?
Read on and you will learn some of the basic do’s and don’ts of holiday style and you are sure to be a showstopper at your next event!
Shine DON’T Blind! During the Holiday Season it is very normal to see people wearing dresses with lame, sparkle, or iridescent accents.
This can be a very good idea, as long as it is coordinated well, in the right fabrics, and matched with the right accessories. Satins, silks, and fine lame are great choices for this look; go for a subtle sparkle or sheen instead of clothing with garishly shiny finishes to pull of this style effortlessly.
When it comes to accessories, coordinate them in a matching color that is the opposite of the clothing. For instance, if you decide to wear a dashing smokey-silver satin sequin dress, you can go for shoes, a handbag, earrings and bracelet in black (try patent leather!) or an equally striking shade of gold (for the truly daring!).
Remember, a bit of sparkle and shine is perfectly acceptable for the holiday parties this season, but keep it balanced and tasteful so you won’t look like a Christmas ornament!
Go Darkly Feminine NOT Goth! If sparkle and shine is not your thing, another great option is to wear dark colors. This is very acceptable because of the time of year and the weather, however don ‘t go overboard with it! The little black dress (LBD) is absolutely timeless and a wise choice if you are not sure what to wear to a Holiday party.
This also serves as a blank slate to which you can show your style. After picking the perfect LBD, pick a secondary color that compliments the silhouette of the dress, your complexion at this time of year, and you personal sense of style.
To keep this ensemble darkly feminine, go for accessories in deep shades of blue, red, or green (In terms of jewelry, think garnet, lapis, and emeralds!). Avoid going all-black in the accessories and extras, you will give people the wrong idea about you!
Try Bold NOT 80’S Retro! A third option for this time of year is to do something completely unexpected. So neither shiny nor dark is your thing, so try bright colors or maybe a pop of print.
This is a great choice for a true fashionista, because it is completely unexpected and you will probably be the only one at the party who goes this route! If you want to be a little bold, but not draw too much attention, a jacquard print on a sumptuous fabric is a perfect choice (think jacquard on cashmere).
For the trendsetter in the crowd, try a rich shade of royal blue, fuchsia, or orange. To pull off this look, distribute the brightly colored pieces of your ensemble in odd numbers, such as 3, and keep the background color of the outfit simple.
A perfect example is, a black cashmere turtleneck + black crepe dress pants, paired with a fuchsia blazer, handbag, and pumps. This outfit will draw every eye in the room automatically because of its rich hues. Try to avoid putting on more than 3 brightly colored pieces at a time.
So there you have it, three easy and effortless ways to get a timeless yet trendy look for those Holiday parties this season. To really keep everyone guessing, try each look once and see what suits you best. No doubt you will be remembered by the partygoers for your fabulous style. As always, Good Luck & Happy Shopping!