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1. What is your top style advice when it comes to dressing up for holiday parties and events?
This is the one time of year you can really have fun with your wardrobe, so I say go for it within reason. What I mean is you can 'sparkle but don't burst into flames'. Remember ,if it is a holiday event, plain work clothes won't cut it when the invite reads festive attire.
2. How do you dress up for the holidays without looking too much like you're wearing a costume?
Pick no more than 3 areas in which to dazzle. Let's say your dress is completely sequined. Go for a evening shoe without lots of embellishments and simpler evening bag, add a sparkle earring and perhaps a bracelet or ring. Avoid at all costs any sweaters/tops with sparkle snowmen,blinking lights and feathers, they scream costume-y.
3. What are some of the biggest trends in fashion for the upcoming holiday season?
A metallic fabric or velvet piece such as a jacket- a great item for your wardrobe and it can be worn annually if it is a classic style
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A sequin top or beaded top-these are available at every price point and can be worn with a simple pant or jean. Or if you want to dazzle in a patterned denim keep the top simple and stylish.
4. Are there style rules they should be aware of when they're wearing such bold, shimmery pieces?
A pretty sequined or beaded top can be paired with a satin or silk skirt/ pant for a cocktail party and again with a pair a jeans for a less formal get together. The bolder the item of clothing in color and pattern the more it will be remembered, so if you are trying to get a lot of mileage out of your holiday attire stick to darker colors with subdued glitter for your base wardrobe, then add in the vivid colors with your accessories.
5. How can women use fun accessories like Christmas ornaments to add a little extra glam to their look?
I love to be creative with holiday ornaments. Small ornaments can be turned into fab earrings or become a terrific pendant on a ribbon or chain. If you are handy with a glue gun you can get a small glitter ornament and glue it to a ring base ( available in craft stores such as Michael's) and it becomes a fun cocktail ring. Also turn holiday ornaments into interesting hair accessories. Be creative and look at things in a whole new light!
One last thing...
Don't kill your holiday look- especially if it is a formal affair by wearing your day coat, day shoes or carrying a day bag. Invest in a versatile evening wrap or cape that you can wear for years, evening bags and evening shoes.