Satins, velvets and metallics are key things to look for when doing holiday shopping.
I adore the holidays — always have. Beautiful cards, crackling fires, twinkling lights. Decorations and dressing up: All of these are some of my favorite things!
Another reason: I adore shopping. Searching for the perfect gift, pleasing those I love when I find it. Though life never seems busier, as the song goes, for me, this is “the most wonderful time of the year.”
The same holds true for holiday fashion. Despite the terrible news in the world, think “soft and flowy.” Fall’s retro-’70s/luxurious bohemian look continues right through the holidays (and into resort and spring). Just add a little glam! The season’s satins and velvets are always tops on my list. Metallics are huge. So is beading and embroidery, and, for the first time in ages, sequins look modern and cool. One or two pieces will do the trick — simply take your fall wardrobe and kick it up a notch.
Invitations pour in and everyone wonders what to wear. The look is definitely sparkly. Opulent. Luxe. Feminine, yet edgy all at once. Is it possible to look like a glass of Champagne? Bubbly. Sensuous. Sublime. Keep that image in mind as you shop. Anything minimal is out. So three-years-ago. “Color, color, color” continues to be a key fashion phrase. Vibrant bolds. Rich jewel tones. Stunning geometric prints. Mix them for a superb holiday cocktail.
Try something fluid, something with movement. Remember to walk down the hall — every hallway is a runway — if it moves, it’s right; if it’s tight, it’s not. Though the little black dress is forever, why not choose a scrumptious hue? Think emerald, amethyst, sapphire or ruby red. If you insist on black, think black and white, black and red, or black and gold. Pair black with your highest stilettos in pewter, bronze or animal skin. Try a shoe with rhinestones, feathers or fringe.
The flipside is the “smoking jacket” or tuxedo suddenly looking new again. Evening separates also make a comeback and should now be part of every woman’s wardrobe. Invest in wonderful flared pants, a soft, frilly blouse, a pair of leather jeans or an embellished sweater. Then mix and match all season.
I adore the season’s “statement” pants. Velvet, satin or brocade; skinny and cropped or wide-legged. Going out straight from the office? Wear your jacket or top with grey trousers all day, slip into dressier “statement” pants in the ladies’ room. Here is an item you cannot live without, and you can find every look at every price point.
Accessories become another great way to go from day to evening, adding pizzazz to your professional wardrobe. Beaded scarves transform a sheath dress to sensational in a second. Other options? A fur-trimmed shawl. A vintage-looking stole. A cashmere wrap. Exquisite handbags and belts, encrusted with crystals and stones.
Do not think of leaving home without jewelry — real or faux, it is a must. I love a little sparkle on the ear and wrist. Dangly diamond earrings. An armful of gold bracelets. I also love ropes and ropes of lustrous pearls or chunky beads. Another great way to dress your outfit up or down — just don’t forget this is the season of glam.
As the holiday season starts, surround yourself with family and friends, then shower them with the glow that comes from feeling gorgeous. The real meaning of radiance. Count your blessings. Celebrate. To each and every one of my readers, my warmest wishes for wonderfully chic holidays — enjoy every beautiful moment!
Ellyn Golder Saft is the author of fashionat50ish.com.