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Celebrate Your Style This Holiday Season

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Looking and dressing stylish for this festive time begins with getting organized. Look at your social schedule and plan each event ahead of time so that you will be prepared no matter what type of event you’re attending. Factor in each detail of your outfit, including accessories, shoes, jewelry, and handbag.  

 

Perfect party dressing

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- A black suit.

- Something in sequins.

- A little dress. It doesn’t necessarily have to be black as this season vibrant colors are a nice change from the traditional black dress. Don't be afraid to stand out in purple or red.

- High heels, evening sandals, and a clutch bag in a new metallic like pewter or bronze.

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- All out glamour in a metallic frock.

- Add "bling" with a chunky gold necklace or a colorful bauble that adds texture to your outfit. 

- Something red.

Here are some suggestions about what to wear for different types of holiday functions. Read your invitation and be aware of dress codes.

Casual - Dressy jeans with a sparkly top and a pair of the season’s hot shoes such as the Mary Jane platform. 

Family party or open house - A cardigan sweater set with a skirt or pants will work by adding some glitz with your jewelry, metallic sandals or heels. Make a statement with jeans, a beaded top, or a short leather jacket. Note: If you are going to attend a religious service, before or after a party, then you really need to dress appropriately for that occasion.  

A party at your own house where you are the hostess - Since you will be on your feet most of the time, look for comfort. A skirt or pants with a satin top and comfortable shoes such as a ballet flat. 

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The office party - Please remember, that an office party is really a festive business meeting and that certain etiquette must apply. Forgo any bare skin, even if that’s what you see all over TV and in the media. Never go braless to an office party, wear a halter top, or anything with a plunging neckline. Keep in mind that, even though you are there to have fun and it’s a party, you really are socializing with people you work with so make sure that you don’t dress in a way or do anything that night that you’d regret the next morning.  Go for a classic look like, a satin dress with a sequin Bolero jacket. 

After five cocktails and dinner - A tailored suit in satin or velvet or a black suit with a sequin top will look very trendy. Carry a small clutch in silver or gold.

Semi-formal affair - Mix classics like trousers, or a skirt in a rich fabric like velvet, with a white long sleeve blouse in silk or satin.  A drop-dead gorgeous short strapless dress with earrings, shoes and a bag in gold or silver.  Try a new combo like a deep, dark chocolate dress with bronze or cooper accessories, or a rich wine color that’s almost Merlot and pair that with silver or pewter accessories.  

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