Dec 07,2007 00:00
The holidays are the perfect time to get a little dramatic and have fun with fashion. No, it doesn't mean you have to light up the room with Rudolph's red nose blinking on your Christmas sweat shirt; however, it does mean that when you make an entrance at your next holiday cocktail party, you'll get even more attention than those other reindeer in the headlights.
- If there is one thing you buy for your holiday wardrobe this season, it should be on the short side, a short tunic dress or a short bubble dress. Just because you don't have great legs doesn't mean you can't wear the short items. Pull on a pair of dark, opaque tights and you'll be set. Leave the pants at home.
- Let the wild side take over and wear your animal prints, only one piece at a time of course. A great leopard-print coat, a cheetah-print dress or a pair of zebra-print ballet flats will really give your holiday party wardrobe a roaring sense of style.
- Go big on the jewels. Every fashion drama queen likes her bling, and if you can't shine at this time of year, when can you? Go for the glitter - the oversized cocktail ring, the rhinestone brooch, the stone-encrusted cuff - the bigger the better.
- The knock 'em dead coat is another sure way to add some drama to a holiday wardrobe. You'll know this one when you see it - you'll need to have it and you'll wear it for years. Remember, though, this kind of special coat will make a grand entrance. Once you take it off, make sure you've got some other "drama" underneath.
- Get exotic with your handbag. Another accessory that gets glammed up for the holidays is the handbag. Whether it's a little jeweled clutch or a hand-embroidered cocktail bag, it adds just the right touch of drama to any outfit.
- Wear killer shoes. You don't have to torture your party feet with sky-high stilettos; you can be just as comfortable and stylish in a pair of killer ballet flats or kitten heels. There are many glam boots out there, too.
- Scarves, wraps, shawls or fur collars are also fun ways to give holiday wardrobes some glamorous flair. And if you're at a party where the weather is a little on the chilly side, you may not even want to take them off.
- Mix it up. Don't be afraid to throw on a sequin T-shirt over your black skirt. Or layer a furry vest over your everyday turtleneck. Button up a velvet tunic and wear it with your jeans and boots.
The best shortcut? Have fun with your wardrobe and do something a little unexpected. After all, you may like being a drama fashion queen all year long.
Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association.
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