Perfect Holiday Style 

Melissa black and bronze Bodycon dress forverunique.com, Black Suede Valentino heels, Purse Yves Saint Laurent. (Image created on Polyvore)

Parties, gala events and over the top celebrations are the perfect reason to step out in red carpet style.  Nothing says the holidays like shiny dresses, skirts and blouses. Brilliant, metallic colours and sparkly sequins are always the best way to make a statement during this special time of year.  Indulge in the shimmer of gold, silver and bronze. When New Year’s Eve comes around you can go all out and get completely glammed up. It’s not just gold and silver either.  Choose a variety of metallic shades in pink, purple and  blue.

Left to right: Honey Couture Rita Rose Gold Midi Bodycon dress, River Island Metallic Nude Wrap Dress, Gold Sequin Dress rebelle.com, 24k Magic Rose Gold Sequin Spaghetti Strap V-neck dress, indiexo.com and Miss Selfridge Silver Lame dress.

Velvet has made a comeback in some of the richest deepest shades of blue, green and red.  The opulence of a fluid velvet gown is enough to have you turning heads.  If you’re not one to wear a dress, you can choose a more subtle, masculine look by wearing velvet trousers or go all out with a tuxedo inspired suit in rich cranberry and mustard hues.

Clockwise from top left: A.L.C. Gemma High Neck Velvet dress, Vetements Velvet Jacket, Miss Selfridge Petite Burgundy Skater dress andToast Silk Velvet Shift dress.

Slip into a textured lace or sheer fabric dress for a more subtle, romantic feel. Some dresses this season have volume and layers of sheer fabric or pretty ruffle details on the bodice.  Keep it classic with black, soften it up with rose or go bold in ruby red.  When dressing in sheer fabrics It’s important to always choose the best undergarments that will either hide or accentuate what you want because with sheer fabrics everything is visible.  Finding the right nude for your skin-tone is important.  For the more daring woman choose pretty lace undergarments that are visible yet accentuate the style.

Dress Chicwish Night Peplum Shift Dress, Shoe by Gianvito Rossi Portofino 105 leather sandals, Dolce & Gabbana Swarovski earrings, Oscar de la Renta Petit Evening Clutch, Givenchy Dahlia Divin la Nectar Parfum.

Frilly ruffles are a fun way of getting dressed up.  Large ruffles around the neckline can be their own accessory by framing your face and accentuating your neck.  Simply pull your hair back, off your face and wear earrings that show off your neck.  Beautiful cascading ruffles make for high drama with each step you take when walking into a room.  Add a high slit to show some leg and you’ve instantly made the case for why ruffled hemlines are most fun.
Floral patterns aren’t just for the spring and summer season anymore.  Bohemian chic is translating into a more sophisticated and alluring version for evening attire.  From large to small designs on lace, chiffon and even velvet, flowers are proving to be the new alternative for eveningwear.

Clockwise from top left: Black Mesh Accent Choker windsorstore.com, Vintage Rhinestone Chandelier Choker 1stdibs.com, Metal Chain Statement Choker shophnh.com and Imitate Tellurion Pearl Choker dezzal.com.

If you’re looking for the perfect finishing touch, accessorize your neckline with a modern choker. With a wider cuff, the new chokers are a fresh update to what was popular in the nineties.  Choose from black cuffs that have an edgy, rock ‘n’ roll inspiration or a soft ribbon choker with stone details for a more charming feel.  If you’re looking for sophistication, stick to wearing fine jewellery in a mix of crystals and raw stones.

Earrings this holiday are a mix of various styles. Wide ear cuffs with details, single earrings and asymmetrical were new trends designers showed for the season.  But elegance prevails for extravagant events over the holidays. Baroque inspired jewels, crystals and long earrings that nearly touch the shoulder are best for making a dramatic statement.

When it comes to the holidays, almost anything goes.  Allow yourself to go outside of your comfort zone and try something new. Remember to pick styles that show off your best and make you look and feel most glamourous.

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