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Holiday fashion trends for the winter holidays concentrate on luxury and sparkle.

Keeping up with the styles and trends can be exhausting and sometimes even impossible. Plus, with the holidays coming up, fashion becomes even more important. Many first impressions and holiday meet and greets require you to stay up to date and even ahead of the curve in regards to fashion. Your little black dress may be your staple piece to fall back on (we all have one) but this season, it’s time to break out of your comfort zone and be adventurous.

First and foremost, just because your little black dress is a dress, doesn’t mean all of your go to pieces need to be dresses. Try pairing straight legged pants with an exciting top littered with sequins. Make sure to balance the outfit out; the pants should be matte and your shirt should be sparkling. Navy, red and gold sequined shirts are the most favorable because they don’t go over the top, such as pink sequins shirts do. On that note, your little black dress is a classic for a reason: its simplicity.

Don’t overdo your sequined shirt by pairing it with feathers or rhinestones, or you run the risk of being that girl who “tried WAY to hard”, and no one wants that.

It’s no wonder women approach the holidays with dread: trying to coordinate outfits, gifts, travel and parties can overload even the most organized woman.
Instead of trying to match up dressy separates, try a little black dress this season. Not only is it universally flattering, it will take you to almost any event in style. Just add accessories and you’re set. Your hair should look uncomplicated as well. Opt for sexy half-up/half-down styles or pull your hair back into a low ponytail. Keep your makeup simple, but special: sometimes all it takes is a great red lipstick to dress it all up!

The Little Black Dress is being replaced by red. Vibrant, emotional and sensual, it is no surprise that red is competing for the new black. It is also perfect for the holidays! However, you don’t want to look like Mrs. Claus, so take the same principles you apply when wearing your little black dress, less is more.

You have also heard of “winter white”. Don’t forget about it this season! White is also holiday ready, reminding us of snowflakes, snowmen, winter wonderlands and other holiday festivities. White is the most fun because it can be accessorized easily and you can have a lot of fun with it. Pair up chunky all white sweaters with some long gold necklaces and bangles and a shimmery scarf for the ultimate winter outfit!

Holiday chic is festive and an excuse to dress up big time. If you can find something in your drawers and / or closet you can save time and money so panic, shop your closet. These trends have been around for some time and continue to be strong for the upcoming holiday season.

Florals (garden motifs) grounded in black are very “in style”. Florals were hot this summer and continue to be popular this winter. If you want to have a trendy look this holiday season, wear something floral. A major statement would be a floral dress but a floral evening bag, fascinator or floral shoes will give you an up-to-date look.

Luxurious fabrics like lace, velvet, brocade or satin are magical holiday favorites. Whether you want to look glamorous and sweet, or sexy and alluring an outfit in a luxurious fabric or combination of several luxurious fabrics says special occasion. When a fabric is fancy like lace or brocade clothing in simple designs are most chic. Black velvet can be very slimming and sensual but dark jewel tone velvets are great for holiday get togethers too. Plush, soft velvet feels good and says “luxury.” so it’s no wonder that velvet continues to be trendy for winter holiday dressing. For petites, darker colors of velvet will be better since textured velvet fabric is thicker than many other fashion fabrics we usually wear.

Be lovely in lace for this holiday season. Although holiday lace doesn’t have to be black, black lace is a fashion favorite, not only for that little black dress, but also for holiday bags, shoes, gloves, and tops.      Holiday trends include gloves this year, but they must be holiday special. This season’s holiday gloves move into the luxe category in velvet, satin, kid, or lace with embellishments such as ruching, beading, or sequins. In a nod to the 1980s, fingerless styles are on trend this year.

Sheer fabrics have been very hot but can be tricky to wear. A lot depends on your figure, the style of the outfit and where the sheer fabrics are located on the outfit. Outfits with transparent fabrics give the fashion diva a sexy look. They can look great on females of any age when the sheer fabrics are strategically located.  If you feel good when you wear an outfit and it looks great on you, go for it.

Sparkles (sequins and metallics) are a huge holiday trend. Any sparkly clothing whether a skirt, pants, jacket or dress is a statement piece.  One statement piece is enough for any outfit. Always combine sparkly separates with simple clothing and accessories. Sparkly dresses are elegant but should be worn with simple style jewelry and accessories. Never go head-to-toe in sparkles. A little sparkle goes a long way.   Mix pearls with rhinestones to be on trend this holiday season. Rhinestones will give your jewelry some holiday twinkle while the pearls give it a touch of class

Metal is “in” for the holidays, whether it’s a metal mesh evening bag, studded killer heels, or mixed metal jewelry. Many of this season’s metal accessories have a hard edge vibe while others, such as the evening bag shown, appeal more to fashionistas who favor vintage.   Sparkle in sequins this holiday season–there’s nothing like some glitz and glitter to enhance your holiday mood. You can find sequin decoration on tops, dresses, evening bags, and shoes.

Fur’s a huge trend this year, and a faux fur wrap is just right for holiday dressing. Keep warm on your way to a holiday party with a faux fur coat, jacket, or stole while looking glam at the same time

If you’ve ever dressed up shinier than a Christmas tree or turned down last-minute party invitations because you had nothing to wear, you’ll know that the holiday season is loaded with chances for fashion disasters. From overdone party looks to being caught with nothing to wear, there are lots of ways that holiday fashion can catch you at your stylish worst.

You show up in jeans, everyone else wears velvet; you wear a long dress and others wear business clothes. You’re not alone if you have trouble deciphering dress codes on a party invitation: most people get confused by designations as ambiguous as “Dressy Casual” or “Cocktail Attire.” A few dressy items span several categories like the little black dress for her or dark suit for him — both of which can attend everything from semi-formal to cocktail parties.

Here are some common holiday faux pas and how to avoid them: (1) Wearing Too Much Glitz – Beading, metallic and shimmer are all fine for the holidays. In fact, most women wait until a good party to break out all of the glitzy finery. But too much shine can overwhelm anyone, especially if you wear it in areas that you don’t necessarily want to highlight (like a beaded chest sweater for a busty gal). Done right, glitz can light up your face and highlight your best body parts. And don’t forget that sometimes the best glitz appears only in accessories: a beaded clutch, sparkly shoes or a hint of glitter eye shadow can go a long way;   (2) Showing Too Much Skin – Thigh-high miniskirts and cut-to-the-navel dresses may look great on the runway, but in reality they are almost impossible to carry off. Not only is it possible to dress sexy while leaving lots to the imagination, it’s also the best way to look your prettiest for the holidays. The secret here is to accentuate your best features with a suggestion: a lace-trimmed camisole under a blazer hints at great cleavage, a small slit on a skirt gives a glimpse at gorgeous legs, a halter dress shows off toned arms; and (3) Getting Caught With Nothing to Wear – Nothing is worse than being invited to a fabulous party and having nothing to wear. By keeping a few dressy basics in your closet you can always be prepared for last-minute invitations. You can even re-wear the items and make them look totally different just with accessories. Essentials like a great little black dress or perfect dressy black pants can take you a long way.

Kathy Kiefer