Thursday, December 21, 2006

Holiday Party Fashion Guide: Part 3- Accessories

Today's post is the final installment in my Holiday Party Fashion Guide, perfect for any holiday and New Years parties coming up. Now that you've got a gorgeous outfit, you're going to need some cute accessories to match. Here are a few guidelines for making the most of any outfit:

Shoes:

Black, always a good choice. Some people might think that black is a basic, unimaginative color, but it really doesn't need to be basic at all. You might want to look into these black shoes, many of which have very interesting details. Wedges are huge this season, and this black wedge is hot with a peep toe and gold and faux snake skin detailing, all for $25. This sexy strappy sandal would work for any season (just don't forget the hose, or your feet will freeze). Finally, here are two peep toe pumps, one in satin (very holiday appropriate) and one with a beautiful scalloped edge and pleated detail.

Have fun with metallics and sparkly details. Like most good things, metallics and sparkles are best in moderation, so don't overload on gold or silver accessories. One or two pieces will dress up your outfit, anymore and you'll look like a disco ball. Try to stick to one color, as gold and silver can clash, and don't forget to check that your jewelry matches your accessories. Another great thing about these styles is how well they dress up jeans or black pants, so don't just wear them on special occasions. These grecian-inspired gold sandals would look incredible with dark or jewel tones, while these gunmetal sparkle flats are perfect for dressing up tights and a mini. For a more formal outfit, these gold and rhinestone slides are a great option, and at 2 inches, you'll be able to mingle all night without foot pain. These sandals come in gold and pewter and have a rhinestone buckle.

Try festive colors. Is there a better time of year to wear red shoes? Have fun with red shoes in different shades and materials, but only wear one red piece at a time. You want to look festive, not elfin. These red silk sandals have beading and an ankle strap for support, while this red polka dot pair has a sweet 50's vibe. For a more elegant look, try these satin peep toes with a pretty bow. And if you want to go trendier, check out these suede closed-toe wedges with a scallop edge.

Bags:

Give smaller purses a try. As much as you might love an oversized, roomy bag for day, a special occasion calls for a daintier purse. Clutches are great because they're sophisticated and versatile (get one in black and you can wear it anytime you go out) and most have the option of a chain strap if you've got a drink in your hands. This pleated satin clutch is a classic, and comes in eight colors, while the quilted version comes in five. If you love lace, you should check out this clutch with a lace overlay, while this silk organza purse has a cool pouch shape. This beaded bag has an art deco vibe and would dress up any outfit. This black silk clutch has an elegant bow, while the black version has crystal detailing at the top. This metal mesh purse in gold or black is definitely less formal, so it'll look great for a more laid back party. And finally, this knit bag resembles the latest Marc Jacobs and Chanel bags, with a bubble pattern and chunky gold chain.


Don't forget to cover up! A light cashmere or pashmina wrap will keep your shoulders and arms warm (and don't be afraid to try brighter colors). A cardigan with pretty details, like ruffles, beading or sequins, is also a good option. Just avoid anything that's bulky or will hide too much of your outfit.

It's easy to forget about accessories when you have a dress you love, but a few interesting pieces can perfect any outfit. Don't be afraid to have fun with colors, materials and details that you might not normally wear; it's the holidays, and there's no better time to dress things up.

1 comment:

Ashish Mohta said...

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