How to Shine During the Holiday Season

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It’s that time again, when the air is crisp, the streets are ablaze with festive lights, and your schedule is packed tight with upcoming holiday celebrations. That’s right; it’s the most wonderful time of the year. And that means it’s also the season for merriment and parties galore.

One of the most intimidating aspects of party season is the fashion factor. What will you wear, how will you wear it, and how can you let your personal style shine through? You’ll no doubt want to look your best as you ring in the holidays with family dinners, festive cocktail parties with friends and loved ones, and celebrations with your colleagues.

In many ways, your clothing helps to determine your mood and how much you enjoy yourself. But worry not! While dressing for holiday parties may be a little trickier than preparing for your standard celebration, there’s no need to be intimidated. Whether you approach your existing wardrobe with a fresh eye or even add a few fabulous new pieces to your closet, you can easily create stunning ensembles for every upcoming occasion.

Are you ready to be the look of the party? Read on for my tips for holiday style made simple.

Keep it classy in basic black.

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You can never go wrong by wearing black—especially on dressy occasions. The look is stunning, effortless, and beautiful in its simplicity. The best part is that you probably already have a few great black separates in your closet. For instance, pair your favorite black pants or skirt with a dressy white blouse. Embellish it with some sparkling crystal earrings and a pair of pumps, and you’re ready to go.

Dress to impress. Even if you’re not usually a “dress” person, holiday parties are the perfect time to slip on a festive frock. Dresses are universally flattering, and the right one can truly transform how you look and feel. There are endless options, so try on several when you shop and consider asking a stylish friend to join you for feedback.

Dazzle with sparkles. Glitter and glitz are always popular around the holidays, and the look is fabulous at any age. Add some flair to your party ensemble with a glittered or sequined top or skirt. Or if you really want to make an entrance, go all out with a shimmering gown or cocktail dress. But remember this rule in moderation: If your outfit is covered in sparkles, keep your jewelry and accessories minimal and understated—think simple stud earrings and a few bangle bracelets.

Make a statement in snowy white.

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Take a cue from Mother Nature by embracing winter white. It’s a bold choice—especially after summer ends—and will make you stand out in all the right ways. Wear a column of white for a sophisticated entrance, or pair white wool pants with a dressy white sweater or blouse for a polished look.

Bask in the velvet trend.

Velvet is back just in time for the holidays, and it looks better than ever. You can add a touch of velvet to your look by topping a blouse with a fitted velvet blazer. Or, choose to accent your outfit with a pair of velvet boots or a velvet clutch. For dressier parties, consider wearing an elegant velvet jumpsuit.

Get beyond red and green.

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You don’t have to hop on the bandwagon and wear traditional holiday colors like red and green, or even classic black. Many people look their best in rich browns, bronzes, and coppers. Try a supple brown leather skirt or a pair of slim brown trousers with a warm-toned sweater or lace top. Accentuate your outfit with copper or bronze shoes and a single statement accessory like a large necklace or dangling earrings.

Mix business with fashion

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 Office and business parties can be the trickiest events to dress for. You want to show a little personal style and break out of the typical workday mold, but you don’t want to be shocking or inappropriate. Choose a simple sheath or suit from your closet, and dress it up with gorgeous earrings, a unique bracelet or necklace, and beautiful shoes. Or consider dressing in a column of black or white and balancing those pieces with a colorful scarf or lipstick.

Warm the room with your inner glow.

Don’t focus so much on your outfit that you forget about the most important aspect—yourself! Everyone has their own natural assets that make them unique and special, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to let your “inner glow” shine through. No matter what you choose to wear, play up your best features. If you’ve got stunning legs, slip them into silky black stockings and let them dance! If you have a gorgeous neckline, choose a top that beautifully skims your collar bone. And don’t forget to treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure to accentuate the real you.

Hopefully by now you’re ready to get into the holiday spirit and dress the part too! Remember that when you are truly happy, your inner light will shine through, no matter what you wear. This holiday party season, let your holiday attire be a further reflection of the joy you wish to share with the world.

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