On the town fashions

by Pat Nowak

From November to New Year’s Eve there are so many party opportunities; what fun for all of us! From neighbors getting together to a formal New Year’s Eve gala, you need to look your best.

Even the most stylish women who love to dazzle are overwhelmed with so many options. Think simple but elegant and remember an effortless rule: make sure you know what the dress code is for the evening. It makes your party choices so much easier to choose an outfit accordingly.

Choosing The Look

Choose a timeless look— the spectacular little black dress or something simple in red or blue usually lasts for several seasons. This time of year calls for luxurious fabrics, so  break out the satin, crepe, cashmere or velvet for the dress, pants or as a wrap or jacket.

Separates are always a great choice for a party— that beautiful cashmere sweater paired with simple silk slacks is outstanding. Just remember no holiday-themed sweaters unless it is called for on the invitation. Accessorizing a simple dress is easy. You can have fun with glittery jewelry, scarves and dramatic shoes. The only caveat— do not to wear accessories that overpower you. If you choose a dress that sparkles remember that the shorter the dress at the bottom the higher the dress should be at the top. And, if you are wearing a lot of sparkle keep accessories simple… too much bling can cause eye strain. You can’t go wrong with basic pumps; they can be worn with almost anything and are the most attractive choice for everyone. If you want to wear some attention-grabbing boots, be sure to tone down some of your other clothing. The most important thing about your shoes is that they must be comfortable— it’s no fun when your feet hurt. A handbag can be used as an evening accessory—  often a small clutch will do. Scour thrift shops for some delightful options.

Make-up for a party can be fun. Use new eye shadow techniques, add some false eyelashes and some red lipstick and you are ready to party.

When shopping for the season, pick up sale items and purchase timeless quality. Yearly investment can be reduced, with clothing that lasts for years and can be accessorized in a myriad of ways. Get ready for your Hollywood close-up and remember the best thing is to have fun.

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