December 15, 2013

Fashion that’s ready to party

Here’s how to look like you have a gift for stylish dressing, just in time for the season’s festive gatherings.

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When holiday and New Year’s party invitations pour in, it’s not unusual for a woman’s thoughts to turn from “Wheee!” to “Yikes!” in a hurry, especially once she remembers the challenges of dressing festively for a range of holiday celebrations, business parties and gala affairs.

If your party-going wardrobe is thin as ice, hold on to your Santa hat and check our list of easy, elegant apparel and accessory options. They will help jazz up things and have you ready for a jolly good time from Christmas through New Year’s.

For starters, toss out that old Christmas sweater, because festive dressing goes way beyond Christmas plaids, Santa-suit reds and corny holiday scenes. A modern Yuletide look celebrates the season with Hollywood-style: glamorous faux fur and sparkly sequins, metallic fabrics and glitter. Wearing rich colors like fuchsia, ruby red, emerald green and cobalt blue is the perfect way to amp up your style during the party season, and for an extra touch of glitz, luxe fabrics like gold lamé topped with sequins add festive flair.

You won’t have to worry about breaking the bank, either. A lot of holiday style magic comes in small packages: jeweled, detachable collars; glitter hose; or a perfect-for-anything pair of mile-high ruby-red heels. Don’t be afraid to add dazzle to that little black dress with jazzed-up drop earrings, a sparkly jacket or jewels sprinkled on a headband or hair clip.

Holiday fashion is all about the shine and glitz that will carry you straight through to the new year in style.

Adorned elegance

Dress smartly and oh-so-chicly with the ladylike elegance of black and gold. With the smart styling details, like sequins, faux fur and structured tailoring, of this smart-looking jacket, pants and sweater combo, above and at right, your arrival at the holiday party is nothing but gorgeous. Faux-leather jacket with faux-fur detachable collar, $159, Chico’s; sequined sweater, Calvin Klein, $79.50, Macy’s; Lisette skinny pant, $116, Pappagallo Classiques; rhinestone and crystal ring, $89, WhatchamaCallit Fashions; Theia crystal and gold drop earrings, $242, Lawrence’s; structured evening clutch, $24.99, Target; gold-trimmed suede bootie, Kate Spade, $395, Stanley Eisenman Fine Shoes.

Fabulous flirty frocks

Amp up your casual look and take it right to the party. Moth detachable jeweled collar pullover, $128, Anthropologie; sparkle woven skirt, $69.50, Loft; drop earrings, $30, and Stuart Weitzman patent pumps, $365, Stanley Eisenman Fine Shoes; Stephanie Kantis ring, $345, Lawrence’s.

Dazzle the night away

Wear colorful arm candy with an elegant flair. Caroline Rocha’s hand-painted leather cuff bracelet is adorned with Swarovski crystals. $219, Pappagallo Classiques.

Festive coif

Get party-ready in a flash with a beaded, jeweled headband. It’s an easy way to spiff up your holiday hairstyle. $29.50, Banana Republic.

Mix & mingle

Mix it up with a touch of elegance in this double gold chain knit faux-fur sweater vest. Michael Michael Kors. $175, Macy’s.

Sparkly shimmer and glow

Ring in the new year with this skirt of festive gold. $98, Madewell.

Twinkle, twinkle shining star

Dazzle the night away wearing these fashion-forward, red tiered-drop earrings from Katzy Ann. $89, WhatchamaCallit Fashions.

Visions of winter

Opulence just got easy. The sparkle of a winter wonderland appears in this ice and brass vintage-style necklace. It’s a look to be noticed. $42, Jazzy Jems.

Susan Huston is a freelance writer and stylist and the owner of Susan Huston Fashion Concepts.

Model: Whitney Jarrett Beseda; styling: Susan Huston

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