Gone are the days of "true glamour." Although I absolutely love the aspect of sophisticated ease and the understated elegance of modern dressing when done correctly, sometimes the notion of putting on a silk taffeta gown, white gloves, a fur stole and four inch heels for a weeknight dinner sounds like a lot of fun!
Fashion pendulums swing. Currently, we are far, far away from the stylings of the everyday glamour of circa 1920's and 1940's. Infusing glamour into our predominantly laid back 2018 world can be daunting for some. Right now, holiday calendars are filling up w/ cocktail parties, office parties, formal dinners and open houses; finding the right thing to wear to all of these occasions does not have to be overwhelming.
Dressing during the holidays is an opportunity to express our creative, festive side and for some - maybe a little bit of fantasy. Where ever your tastes lie, there is no need to start from scratch. Investing in high quality jewelry and accessories is a smart and modern way to transform most any outfit from basic to wow! During the holidays, I personally tend to lean more towards simple cuts of clothing with special jewelry pieces for pop. Turns out, I am not alone. I hand selected some very talented and successful Phoenix women who I respect, and asked them about their approach to holiday dressing. They also pull together their holiday looks with statement making accessories. What's fascinating is that even though each lady turns to accessories - not one of them does so in the same way - which is wonderful because seriously, who wants to look like everyone else?
So if you find yourself standing in your closet with your eyes glazed over and your stomach in knots trying to find something to wear - don't fret! Your holiday style is all in the accessories!
Angela Keller of "Mom Style Lab"
The holiday season is hands down my favorite time of the year for fashion! I love dressing up in sequins, faux furs, luxe brocades and knits, sparkly jewelry, and over-the-top accessories when heading out to holiday parties. I have a gold sequin jacket and black faux fur that I especially love; both have the power to elevate any outfit. When entertaining at home, I turn to one of my go-to LBDs and add statement jewelry, like a fabulous pair of chandelier earrings or layered necklaces to create a glamorous look. A great fitting LBD and fancy (yet comfortable) shoes are ideal when you’re the hostess, since you are constantly on the move, whether it’s in the kitchen or chatting with your guests and making them feel at home.
One thing I always keep in mind when dressing for holiday parties is the crowd and circumstance – are the guests personal friends or people I know on a professional level? Going low-cut or too short when trying to maintain a professional image is never a good idea. Classy and elegant always wins accolades.
Perrine Adams, Marketing Director of "The Red Book"
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The holiday season is the time to dazzle, but I like to keep it simple.
You can never go wrong with a little black dress. A touch of leather, velvet or feathers adds dimension to an otherwise basic sheath. Keep it minimal with a pair of black heels.
Cold weather calls for boots! Over-the-knee boots are always in style. I like them with just enough heel to be night-out appropriate, but comfortable enough to wear with jeans for a family holiday dinner.
An absolute no no? Wearing tights with sandals.
Mandy Holmes of "The Real Housewife Of Scottsdale:"
Around the holidays, it's equally important for me to be comfortable and stylish when entertaining or attending a party! I love a little sparkle whether that means sequins or a larger piece of statement jewelry and I always turn it up a notch with a great pair of red bottom shoes!
Faye Tait, Anti Bullying Advocate, Owner of "Spray Em Away"
My favorite holiday party outfit includes red nail polish, red lipstick, black satin pants, a dressy blouse, sexy heels and a faux fur jacket. My favorite piece of jewelry is a “turtle bracelet” by Saint by Sarah Jane. The bracelet is a gentle daily reminder to slow down and enjoy the special joys of the season. An absolute “no, no” for me during the holidays is stepping on the bathroom scale, I try and enjoy all the festivities without feeling guilty. Cheers!
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