Style Dilemma: I love that party season is here loud and clear but my wardrobe can’t keep up with the invites flooding my inbox. I have a good edit of reliable dresses in my closet and want to splurge on statement accessories to spruce them up. They need to be loud enough to ensure no one notices I’m wearing the same dress but I’d like to avoid looking like a Christmas tree. I can spend between $500 – $3,000 but would like some money left in my bank account for 2015!
Style Solution: What would the holidays be without a little bling? The feeling of the season transforms accessories that would feel overdone during the rest of year into festive fabulousness. You’re right to rein it in a little, as no one wants to outshine the decor. To avoid looking like an off-duty figure skater, choose a unifying theme for your look and choose one or two areas of interest instead of head-to-toe bedazzling.
Bling Out Black
Let’s face it, when most of us open our closets, we see a sea of black, and our go-to cocktail attire is all too often a LBD. But not to worry, as there’s a relatively easy way to disguise the fact that you’re wearing that dress (again) – draw all the attention up to your pretty face and make it the focus. Ice it out with a very on-trend accessory, the ear cuff. Since you’re experimenting with something you may not wear next season, choose a style that is easy on the eyes and the wallet, like this Asos one (1). Another fun and cheerful bling face-framing treatment is this Lelet NY’s crystal hair clip (2).
Red or Green, and Never the Two Shall Meet
As the snow starts falling (or here in Hong Kong, gets rolled out in a mall near you), our thoughts turn the Christmas colours, namely red and green. However, unless you’re heading to an ugly sweater party, please don’t wear the two together. Try Shourouk’s emerald sparkling statement necklace (3) over a neutral turtleneck dress or Oscar de la Renta’s classic tassel earrings (4) in red with an equally vibrant hued cocktail frock.
Winter White Out
Switch up the expected by sporting winter white this holiday season – you’ll look as fresh as the driven snow. Lulu Frost’s disco chic pearl drop earrings (5) should pair nicely with a white, layered chiffon gown at a formal event. At a holiday brunch, try a cream boiled wool shift with this oversized bib of pearls from Kenneth Jay Lane (6).