Dressing it up for the holidays
By: Sue Hornof
Lots of things are more fun during the holiday season, and that includes dressing up.
Here are some smart – and surprisingly simple – ways to dress up your look for the holidays.
Make a statement
The right accessories are like oxygen for the wardrobe. Start with a simple, black dress or pants and a sweater or blouse, add one great statement accessory – a bright scarf, fun earrings, a colorful bag or an elaborate belt – and you’re good to go. The red belt pictured here features a hand-beaded buckle by Kaye Potter, an Ellisville artisan whose Beadiful Jewelry designs are sold at Jeans, Jackets & Jewels in Chesterfield.
Step up the sparkle
The holidays are the perfect time to step out in a pair of sparkling heels. These silver glitter pumps by Paprika pair easily with a cocktail dress, black pants – even your favorite skinny jeans. They are surprisingly affordable and can be found at Shoe Stop in the Chesterfield Valley.
Put plaid in play
Plaid always is in style, especially during the holidays. This red and black plaid blazer jacket is nicely tailored and features a back strap at the waist to create a flattering, feminine silhouette. Contrasting elbow patches, functional flap pockets and a double-button closure add interesting detail. From MM Couture, it is available at Jeans, Jackets & Jewels in Chesterfield.
Bring out the bling
A single piece of spectacular jewelry instantly takes any look to the next level. This stunning, 18kt white gold ring studded with 3.12cts round and baguette cut diamonds from Diamond & Jewelry Brokers in Manchester was designed with special occasions in mind.
Nail a perfect 10
A professional gel or Shellac (a gel hybrid) manicure treatment will make nails shine brighter and typically will last two or more weeks without chipping, making it a wise investment for the holiday season. If you can live with it for as long as three weeks, pick a festive red polish; otherwise, play it safe and go with a neutral tone or a French manicure.
Put your best face forward with a hairstyle that flatters your best features and hair color that complements your skin tone. Consider adding some highlights, pops of color or changing your color altogether. For an instant special occasion look, opt for an updo, and remember: the higher your updo, the longer your earrings should be.