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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Fearless Holiday Fashion

We've all been there there, staring in the abyss, ahem.. I mean closet, wondering "what in the world am I going to wear?"  For most of us, its not the lack of clothes thats the problem, actually its quite the opposite.  Its the maze of clothes  that somehow fails to produce that stunning outfit that you so desperately need.  After the third trip to the closet, the majority of us admit defeat and set out to buy a new outfit.  After all, the family "get togethers" and party invitations are still coming out of the woodwork.


If this sounds familiar then this one's for you!  This little holiday fashion guide will have you putting multiple looks together in a snap. And here's the best part, it will be mostly from your own closet.  Yes, stuff that you own already.  Now I know some of you may be thinking that you want an outfit that no one has ever seen you in, trust me, I want the same thing. The good news is, you can totally have a brand new look by utilizing a few tricks and tips.  At the end of the day we can still look amazing while saving a buck or two. Not convinced? Check this out.


















First, up is what I refer to as the FOUNDATION of any wardrobe. The little pencil black dress, boot cut black pants, black pencil skirt and basic black jacket. The simpler the pieces the better since they will work well with many things in your closet and is easy to transform into multiple looks. Now you may not have all four of these items in your closet but more than likely you have at least the skirt, pants or even both.  Here are a few ideas on how you can style this look.  Because you have very simple pieces here you can add really bold statement pieces for accessories, a belted cardigan, a scarf, and many different style blouses for different looks.  The options are many, the results fabulous!  



Make an entrance in dresses with simple silhouettes in rich colors and gorgeous winter white.  Forever a classic, always a winner!




















Adding sparkle to any outfit is a breeze with fashion jewelry.  With so many options, there are no limit to what you can do.  Tip: Stack your bracelets or wear five or six necklaces together for a more dramatic look.



One of my favorite things to do to add instant drama to an outfit is belts!  Put one on over a cardigan, to pull the look together or just add a little sparkle with a belt in a different texture and color.  I love buying vintage belts much like some of the ones pictured here, one of my very favorite belts cost me a whopping $1.75 at a garage sale.  No kidding.  This season, adding a pop of color and style to your look could be as easy as putting on a belt.




















Since "Tis the season to be jolly", kick it up a notch with the right shoes!  Dance the night away in stylish but comfortable wedge heels or bright and colorful flats. Don't have any of these? Get a basic a pump from your closet and add a metallic or sparkly clip-on earring for  instant holiday glam!



If you own four handbags or more, chances are you have a clutch or handbag in a metallic color or another color other than black.  If so, then you have an accessory thats perfect for this season.  A colorful or metallic handbag adds just the right touch to our Foundation pieces.










Makeup is the finishing touch to any look.  At the moment purple and the "smoky eye" is all the rage and I must admit, it is beautiful on lots of skin tones.  The smoky eye is also a technique that is a little more dramatic, makes the eyes stand out and is perfect for the   holidays.  


Try a new hairstyle this season.  Deconstructed chignons and loose carefree pin-ups are a very popular trend right now and the look is tres chic!





Over the years I have become a lover of vintage jewelry and clothing.  The quality, fit and nostalgia of these pieces really never disappoints.  Whether you are a seasoned vintage shopper or not, this is always a good option during the holidays.  Why, well for starters you will rarely see someone else in the same dress and the outfit will cost you less than half of what you normally pay for a new outfit.  Tip: Mix with modern accessories, makeup and hairstyles to add fresh perspective and modernize your look. 


Well, I sincerely hope this post inspires and motivates you to consider sprucing up the clothes you already own for the holidays, its time to have "all of the pleasure and none of the guilt!"

Check out these links for fashionable and very budget friendly clothes and accessories.


3 comments:

Fantastic Digital Design Office said...

I'm following from MBC. Merry Christmas!

Ambrosia said...

Great post! I see lots of looks I could try!

Richele said...

Can you come and revamp my closet?? I used to be all trendy and cute a million years ago. lol.

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