As the holiday invites pile up in your inbox, you’ve started to ask the all-important what-to-wear questions. Sure jeans will do as you are dashing through the snow doing your holiday shopping and decking the halls in festive décor, but when it comes to making an appearance at all the parties, you’ve got to be sure you shine on par with the holiday trimmings. Here’s a curated menu of on-trend styles and tips that will help you stress a little less this season.
What to Carry: Swap out your carryall for a sexy little clutch. Go for a look that compliments your personality: Rhinestones if you are feeling daring, velvet pattern if you’re going for demure. Boxy is very big right now and you don’t need to spend big to get the right affect. Be sure to choose one with a strap so you have the option to sling it over your shoulder at the end of the evening.
What to Wear: Peplum is the new black this holiday season. It adds volume and flair to simple silhouettes that are flattering on any body type. Look for jewel tones that flatter your skin tone; think royal reds, sophisticated sapphires or jade greens.
For something a little slinkier, try a sleek gold tunic paired with black skinny pants and a pair of patent pumps. A new go-to when it comes to skinny pants is black, wax jeans. Unlike other pants that stretch and lose their shape, wax jeans fit perfectly no matter how many times you wear them.
The other trendy color for the holidays is Champagne nude. Cocktail dresses in this neutral are sure to dazzle and are easily matched with sheer fishnet stockings and a your favorite pair of knock-em-dead stilettoes
How to Accessorize: The runway this fall featured statement jewelry with big cuffs, huge earrings and even larger necklaces. The trick to pulling off this look is to select just one—live large with the jewelry but don’t pair big earrings with a statement necklace. No need to spend a mint on these pieces—instead shop at designer discount shops that offer large selections with modest price tags.
Put on Your Game Face: With all the time you are probably spending at the mall, take a breather at a department store makeup counter and get an (almost-free) makeover. You’re sure to walk away with application tips that you can use the rest of the year and a selection of new products that will help you look your best with an expert weighing in on the right foundation color for your skin tone, shadows that flatter your eye color and a lip shade that will suite you well for the all date nights you book in 2014.