Holiday Fashion Do's and Don'ts
Dressing for the holidays doesn’t have to incite fear, stress or panic. Follow these do’s and don’ts and spend your time enjoying the fun that’s sure to come.
Wear red. It’s the holidays, after all! Red is perfect in any shade, any time of year, but there’s no time like the present to up the ante and sport a shade you haven’t tried before. Clothing, accessories, shoes, lipstick and hair are fair game.
Let it shine. Sparkles are the ideal accessory for holiday parties, dinner dates and shopping with friends. But feel free to wear them any time, any place and with just about anything. OK, so you might look a bit crazy wearing shoulder grazers to the gym, but who says you can’t rock a T-shirt with a bit of bling?
Layer up. Sure, it’s chilly outside, but layers are good for more than just keeping warm. They add texture and dimension to your ensemble, not to mention serving as a built-in thermostat – just add or remove layers as the need arises.
Dress up your denim. If you can’t bear the thought of parting with your favorite jeans during the holidays, keep one thing in mind: Dark denim is the most versatile option for dressing up.
Don a stunning coat. It can be difficult to find a coat dressy enough to wear with a cocktail dress or slacks. A trench coat or pea coat in either three-quarter or full length is sure to add the finishing touch to your look. If your outfit requires something shorter and sassier, a stole will do the trick.
Recognize the power of a high heel. Flats are sweet, but high heels make a statement! Feel free to kick it up a notch, and a few inches, while you are at it.
Be afraid to dress up. ‘Tis the season to take full advantage of every opportunity to look fabulous. Ladies, dress to impress in a sassy cocktail dress, or, if the mood strikes, wear a floor length gown to a party. Gentlemen, there is something about the way you look in a suit or tuxedo that leaves a lasting impression.
Just wear your everyday work clothes to your office shindig. Let your co-workers see your softer, more fun-loving side. Putting the effort in to change up your look for the occasion is sure to show your work pals – and your boss – that you care. You’ll come across as both polished and confident. And that sentiment will last far longer than the office holiday party.
Go too crazy. Baring too much skin doesn’t communicate professionalism. There’s a time and a place for sexy, but your office party isn’t it.
Be caught dead in flip flops this holiday season. Yes, we live in California, but we have all summer and spring to regale the crowd with our pedicures. A sleek pair of boots with little or no heel will be just as comfy as a pair of flip flops, but will look much more put together.
Be afraid to try a sassy up-do. It’s a refreshing change from the brush-and-go look that most of us wear on a daily basis. Plus, it’ll give you a chance to show off your stunning jewelry and that awesome neckline on your dress.
Carry a bag big enough to hold the kitchen sink to a cocktail party. A clutch bag is a stylish yet compact way to hold all you need for the evening. Your ID, credit card, cash, cell phone, lipstick and keys are enough. Your shoulder will thank you, too. •