Monday, December 6, 2010

Holiday Style Guide

The holiday season is upon us which means:A lot of holiday parties to attend. As your winter calendar is getting filled up with holiday parties and holiday events, the quest to find that perfect "holiday-dress" is getting more difficult. With so many dresses to choose from, it is no exaggeration to say that the pressure to look good and festive can get stressful.

So, with that in mind, I came up with this trendy guide for my readers to help them find that perfect holiday dress that is festive and elegant at the same time. After all, we all deserve to look good!

1) Lace and ruffles are definitely making a huge comeback this season. So, wearing a dress with lacy details, sheer panels and well-placed ruffles can add that dramatic effect for your holiday parties. Don't be afraid to bring out the romantic damsel in you. When picking out a dress of such nature, keep it fresh and figure-flattering. The key is to look beautiful without trying too much. Therefore, keep your accessories minimal or simple.
My favorite Vintage Floral lacy dress from Ann Taylor-Ann Taylor
Lacy dresses are perfect with black tights and black pumps.

2) Black is that one color that can be worn all year around. However, when appearing for holiday parties, add a little hint of gold, some glitters and red to make it holiday ready. Try not to look too serious in a black dress for these parties. Play with some colors by adding a hint of your personality.

This dress from is so refreshing and so me.
Perfect for holiday parties.

3) Thinking about a fashionable entrance to wow the crowd? Then, go for a metallic dress in gold and silver. Look for eye-catching details to help define your waistline. When wearing a metallic dress, keep your makeup subtle because too much of makeup can downplay the dress. So, go soft on your overall look when choosing metallics.
This Christian Siriano's Metallic Dress is my personal favorite. Perfect for the holiday parties.
I would probably wear this dress or something with a similar style with my favorite black blazer.
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4) Have you thought about stepping outside of your box this holiday season? Well, pick a dress that is vibrant, colorful and simply you. I personally love colors like purple, burgundy, green and blue. Think unique styles when choosing a dress in a vibrant color. Don't be afraid to embrace ruffles, drapes and pleats. You won't regret!
I love the color blue on her.
I like how she added an unexpected twist to the dress by opting for a yellow purse and a pair of purple pumps.
For holiday parties, you can add a pair of black tights and black cardigan or even a purple cardigan (as the same hue of the shoes) to look less done.
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5) Another style that is currently popular is a sequin dress. Celebrities like Christina Aguilera,Camilla Belle and Molly Sims are one of the few celebrities who have shared their love for this style on various red carpet events. When choosing a sequin dress, avoid looking over-the-top. The subtle you are- the better.
Love this dress- love the cut, love the design, and love the color.
Try not to add too many colors to a dress like this. Think "monochromatic" when wearing a sequin dress.
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