1. Not Your Little Black Dress
Give your little black dress a rest. Dresses this season are feminine and flowing. They’re nipped in at the waist and belted or casually knotted with fabric ties and cords. Fabrics are lightweight, layered or lacy in shades of rich raspberry, eggplant and chocolate brown. Sleeves are long, short or capped. Neck lines can go from scooped to plunging. But legs are less on display. Hem lengths hit the knee to mid-calf. You don’t have to show lots of skin to look sophisticated and sexy.
2. Knits and More Knits
If you’re celebrating the holidays somewhere cooler, then remember that anything goes for sweaters—except maybe the hideous Christmas sweater tucked away in your closet. You can’t miss the mark with cozy sweaters in grays and earth tones, muted navy or with geometric patterns or chunky cabling. Keep an eye on proportions. Pair loose sweaters with more fitted skirts and pants. Don’t drown in your knits! Sweater dresses are trending, too. Slouchy to bodyhugging, the array of silhouettes presents exciting options.
3. Go Graphic
Prints are huge this season. Abstract, wild patterns, multicolored botanicals and monochrome prints make for intriguing dresses, separates and coats. Pair a graphic print blouse with a slim solid-coloured skirt. Get sassy with patterned pants and a volumous sweater. A photo-realistic print dress makes for an eye-catching statement. For the adventurous, mix and match prints. Pay attention to balancing print size and color, such as mixing fine prints with large ones in complementary colors.
4. Embellishments Galore
Sequins and crystals are everywhere —on shoulders, yokes, collars, shirt fronts and down pant legs. Pair embellished items with simple separates or a suit in solid color to really showcase the sparkly glamour. Be careful you don’t overdo it by mixing pieces, like a crystal-studded top with sequined pants. You’ll wind up looking like a Christmas tree.
5. Don’t Forget Accessories
The embellishments craze isn’t limited to clothing. Jewels, pearls, studs and embroidery can be found on scarves, clutches, shoes, boots and hair ornaments. Glitzy accessories quickly jazz up any holiday look. The same rule applies though. Incorporate them thoughtfully with a monochrome or tailored outfit. A vibrant accessory should complement not distract from your overall style.
6. Subtle Structure
Structured separates and suits are always a sophisticated option. But this season, you can have fun with looser proportions and cheeky tailored flourishes: a jacket with interesting buttonholes or stitching, or a bell-shaped hip length coat. The goal here is be stylish, not stuffy.
To make the most of your holiday style, invest in a few key items—a flirty dress, embellished sweater, an abstract print blouse, a jeweled clutch— and mix with your current pieces. It’s an easy plan to get you through the party season, looking gorgeous and on trend! Now all you need to do is get your hair and makeup done and you’re all set! Make sure that for the days leading up to your holiday events you’ve got your skin and tresses pampered and moisturized. Slather on a moisturizer for combination skin from Olay Total Effects before sleeping and use a color-safe shampoo like Head & Shoulders to make sure you’re in tip top, gorgeous shape!Which trend are you looking forward to wearing? Share them below!
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