There are as many ways to dress stylishly for holiday parties as there are women, and I’m always loathe to dish out specific outfit advice. BUT! Since holiday parties require a certain level of fancy, and since fancy and warm seldom go hand in hand, I am more than willing to offer up a few ideas for keeping warm while looking gussied.
Long sleeves OR long skirt
In most cases, long sleeves and a long skirt will feel like an awful lot of coverage. Some dresses balance both beautifully, but more options will do one or the other well. Floor-length dresses are considered to be formal, so if you’re attending a black-tie event or charity auction or similarly fancy affair, going maxi will keep you warm and help you feel appropriately attired. If it’s a less formal, cocktail-or-below event, long sleeves and a shorter skirt can work just as well.
Originally posted 2013-12-18 06:38:16.
Reader Kelly e-mailed me this request:
I would love to wear heels and when I was younger and without scoliosis I did; now they seem to be a thing of the past though I keep trying. Could you do a post about flats? Specifically how to make them look good with dresses ( I don’t think they do) or anything for that matter.
So I’ve written a bit about flats and have several posts in the archive with visual examples, and I sent those along to Kelly:
- This post talks about making flats work with fancy dresses
- This covers balancing shoes and shorts
But let’s talk about flats with dresses. Of the non-fancy variety. And I can hear many of you scoffing through your computer screens as I am a confirmed heels lover myself, but at least give me a shot!
Originally posted 2013-03-18 06:37:20.
Image courtesy Nordstrom
The vast majority of my style consult clients had great clothes and fabulous ideas for outfit assembly. The vast majority of my style consult clients also struggled with jewelry and accessories. I heard so many of them say, “Oh, I don’t really wear jewelry. I don’t even own any!” Only to haul out unworn and forgotten stashes of necklaces, bangles, and earrings. Others said, “I love scarves on other people, but just can’t figure them out for me.” A few scarf tie tutorials later, and they were back in the game. I spent a lot of time illustrating how jewelry and accessories make outfits feel more complete, finished, and polished. And then I tried to reinforce the importance of incorporating them into daily dressing rituals.
Originally posted 2013-02-08 06:26:08.