Saturday, December 11, 2010

Dressing Up for the Holidays

The holidays are in full swing, so it is time to get the party started. If you are like me, when it is time to transform from everyday casual to holiday party chic you don't want to spend an arm and a leg.  Keep these fashion items on hand and you'll be ready for any special occasion.  All it takes are a few dressy basics to mix and match your way to glamorous party success!


Little Black Dress

It just doesn't get any better than a perfect little black dress for party wear.  Satin, velvet, jersey and crepe are some of the best fabrications for this style.

Ann Taylor, $69






Beaded Top

Head-to-toe beading is too much, but a sparkly top is festive enough to stand on its own. An embellished cardigan looks especially fresh right now. Pair with black trousers or a straight skirt, pull back your hair and slick on red lips for a classic party look
Nordstrom, $78












Soft Trousers

A wider-leg pant is the perfect special occasion partner for sexy tops and jackets. Choose basic colors -- black and winter white are faves -- and festive fabrics (velvet, satin, crepe).
White House Black Market, $88











Dressy Wrap

A beautiful shawl does more than just look good: it can cover bare shoulders, too. Embroidered styles go great with basic strapless dresses; velvets and fringed pieces add richness to separates. Stick with a shawl in approximately the same fabric "weight" as your outfit (you wouldn't want to pair a heavy velvet piece with a gossamer gown).
Chico's, $89















Perfect Clutch Bag

Complete your outfit with a sophisticated clutch bag. Look for clean lines with subtle details (like gold or silver hardware) to get the most mileage. Some styles have short strap to go over your shoulder or a loop to hang around your wrist, but holding a dainty bag in your hand is still the chicest way to go.

Express, $20.93

From AOL Contributor Marquette Heaven 


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