by Pat Nowak
In November the parties begin – the get togethers to cheer on your favorite team, the company holiday party, gatherings at the neighbors and other celebrations – everyone wants to be dazzling.
In 2016 women have many options but make sure you know the dress code for the evening before making your grand entrance. Here’s a tip – it is always better to be overdressed than underdressed. I talked to Jane Wurth from Ragazza and Cindy Witzler from Elegant Rags and they stressed to always have fun with your look.
Timeless fashion never goes out of style and it is always a perfect choice for the holidays. This year the little black dress has some competition from the little red dress and winter white. If choosing an unassuming dress you might want to add a dramatic hit of white leather or bold graphics which can make a striking statement.
Cindy loves the look of the ruffle and fringe as the added flourish on dresses, sleeves, and trousers. They add softness to a tailored look and always flirt with a sense of charm and drama.
Off the shoulder and one sleeved looks are also seen this year.
According to Jane, the holidays are the perfect time for luxurious fabrics so this is the time to break out the sequins, metallic, cashmere or velvet. Wrap up your fashion package with a white stole -it adds a dose of glamour to your ensemble. If the event is less casual choose trousers with a trendy tank or cashmere sweater. Want a bit of pizazz – indulge in a metallic skirt.
Accessories add the finishing touches: a sequined bag, jeweled or chandelier earrings, and bold chokers. Festive shoes are the most refreshing options for this season. You can play with color, embellishment, and texture, injecting a new statement into that old favorite dress.
High-wattage crystal toe embellishments, feather-and-ribbon ankle ties, glimmering pom-poms and ornately decorated buckles, the appeal in this year’s shoes is all in the details. Whether you prefer stilettos, platforms, classic styles or some attention-grabbing boots –be sure your shoes are the focal point to tone down some of your other clothing. The most important thing about your shoes is that they must be comfortable.
Don’t fret holiday dressing. You can look pretty spectacular by remembering a fashion quote from Coco Chanel “Adornment, what a science! Beauty, what a weapon! Modesty, what elegance!”